3847. Emma "Gail" Kirkpatrick was born in 1917 in Plainview, Yell Co., Arkansas.
Emma "Gail" Kirkpatrick and Melvin M. Tompkins were married in 1934 in Wilburton, Latimer Co., Oklahoma. Melvin M. Tompkins, son of Jarvis Jackson Tompkins and Pearl Brassfield, was born on 16 November 1914 in Hartford, Sebastian Co., Arkansas.181 He died on 14 November 2003 at the age of 88 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.181 He was buried in Riverwood Memorial Gardens, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.1586 Melvin M. Tompkins Sr., of Little Rock died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003. He was born Nov. 16, 1914, in Hartford. He worked on many special assignments for the war effort during World War II involving the allocation of ball bearings for the production of fighter aircraft, bomber airplanes, especially the B-29, and he solved the gyro problem that was the cause of American torpedoes missing enemy targets. In 1947, he founded a ball bearing distribution company Allied-Arkansas Bearing Company of Little Rock, Fort Smith, Pine Bluff and Texarkana, Ark. He served as an active deacon at Calvary Baptist Church for many years and deacon emeritus in recent years. Funeral will be 3:30 p.m. today at Roller Chenal Funeral Home Chapel in Little Rock with burial at Riverwood Memorial Gardens. He is survived by his wife, Gail; a son, Kirk Tompkins; a brother, Robert Tompkins of New York; several grand- children and several great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at the home of the family.
Emma "Gail" Kirkpatrick and Melvin M. Tompkins had the following children: