William Marvin Thompson, 82, of West Memphis, Ark., died Sept. 21
As an active member of the Missouri Street Church of Christ, he served as head of the fellowship committee. He was a WWII decorated U.S. Marine and was awarded the Bronze Star for the battle of Iwo Jima. He was a member of the 5th Marine Division Association. A founding board member and past president of West Memphis Christian School. He also served as president of the Arkansas Funeral Director's Association, the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce and the West Memphis Rotary and was a Paul Harris Fellow He was also the Crittenden County Coroner for 18 years.Marvin was retired as the manager of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis and was a funeral director there for 55 years. He was born in Hardy, Ark., and never forgot his roots sharing his love and cabin on the Spring River with friends and family and serving as president of the Springwood Acres Association.He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Gene Thompson; two daughters, Debbie Kemp and Diane Langford of West Memphis; two sons, David Thompson of Marion, Ark., and Doug Thompson of Collierville, Tenn.; two brothers, Audrey Thompson of Hardy and Owen Buford Thompson of Memphis; one sister, Nina Daily of Hardy; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by: his parents, Marion and Dora Thompson; and a brother, Gene Thompson. Service were held September 24, 2007 at the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Interment followed in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.Memorials may be made to the Family First Foundation or to West Memphis Christian School.