Jack Tompkins of Mineola passed away Oct. 10, 2012, in Tyler. He was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Campbell to the late Clarence Joe and Bernice Drake Tompkins. He was a member of the Class of 1950 at Texas A&M University
. After graduation from Texas A&M and receiving an infantry officer's commission, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
. He was a pioneer television farm and ranch broadcaster on television stations in Texas and Oklahoma for more than 25 years. He founded and was president of an advertising agency in Amarillo. He developed the satellite system for selling cattle, producing the first video auction sale of cattle by means of communication satellite in August 1985. He later managed ranches and at the time of his death was a broker with Ranch Investments, a statewide broker of ranches and hunting properties. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Mineola Masonic Lodge No. 502. He was also a member of Mineola Kiwanis Club, the First United Methodist Church and the Seekers Sunday School Class.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, C.J. Tompkins Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marge; two sons, Mike Tompkins and wife Lisa of San Antonio and Kyle Tompkins of Red Lodge, Mont.; two daughters, Charlotte Tompkins of Mineola and Karon Hagood and husband Rocky of Colleyville; five grandchildren, Austen Hagood, Kallie Hagood, Laren Tompkins, Taylor Tompkins and Jason Moeller.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Mineola.
Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, 79174.