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Thomas James Spidle, age 81

Thomas James Spidle, 81, of Jacksonville, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. He was born in Akron, Ohio on March 7, 1941 to Charles Franklin Spidle and Lucille Josephine Jordan-Spidle.

Thomas is preceded in death by his wife Jacqueline Jean Neel; son Michael Spidle; and sister Bernice Chapman.

Thomas served in the United States Air Force for 20 years where he was a navigator and pilot.  His hobbies were spending time with family, astronomy, building models, trains, and airplanes.

Thomas leaves behind his daughter Deborah (Richard) Abramovitz; daughter Theresa Spidle; daughter Dorothy Spidle; son Stephen Spidle; daughter Michelle Cox; daughter Elizabeth (Jon) Minshall; sister Maryann (Larry) Rouch; 15 grandkids; and 3 great-grandkids.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 6:00pm followed by Rosary at 7:00pm at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 9:30am at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Burial to follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas with full Military Honors by the United States Air Force.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service. 501-982-3400.


  • Wm James Smith Posted September 2, 2022 3:54 PM

    RIP cousin Tom

  • Wm James Smith Posted September 2, 2022 3:58 PM

    RIP cousin Tom
    Tom took me on my first plain ride late 1950 or early 1960

    • Wm James smith Posted September 2, 2022 4:52 PM

      I think it was at Medina airport on rt 18

  • timothy smith Posted September 2, 2022 5:41 PM

    RIP Tom

  • Elizabeth Minshall Posted September 2, 2022 6:07 PM

    RIP daddy! I love you and miss you so very much already. I keep thinking about the stars, air force open houses, and going to the train shows with you. We had some great times

  • Sandy Payne Posted September 2, 2022 6:11 PM

    Theresa, Todd, Jeremy my heart goes out to you, my deepest condolences. Prayers and hugs!

  • Debbie Minshall Posted September 2, 2022 6:40 PM

    Tom you were a part of my family for over 10 years. You will be greatly missed on this earth, but I know that you and Mark will be flying high with the angels. My prayers are with all of your family.

  • Bob and Kathy Smith Posted September 2, 2022 7:00 PM

    RIP COUSIN TOM. Theresa, Kathy and I send deepest condolences to all. We always remember our trip when your dad let us fly the simulator. Thanks for bringing him to visit in May.

  • Wendell Redmond Posted September 3, 2022 4:36 PM

    Many peasant memories.from the’ good ole days’.

  • John & Rita loggins Posted September 4, 2022 7:18 PM

    Rip my friend

  • Terry Franks Posted September 5, 2022 11:46 AM

    Tom had a full life and a wonderful family. He will be missed by all.

  • Elizaeth Horning Posted November 19, 2022 12:33 PM

    Tom was a great counsin . He was always interested in flying and he followed his dream. Always doing what he knows best. ” Flying”.

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