Thomas Coughlin
June 28, 1949 - April 1, 2016
Centerton, Arkansas
Thomas Martin Coughlin, III, of Bentonville, Arkansas, passed away
Friday, April 1, 2016. Mr. Coughlin was born June 28, 1949, in
Cleveland, Ohio, to Marguerite Freeman Coughlin and Thomas Martin
Coughlin, Jr.
Tom was a graduate of St. Edward High School, Cleveland, Ohio, and
California State University, Hayward, California. He played football
in high school and college. He met and married Cynthia Anne Herbert
in 1973, and they celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in
February 2016.
He began his career with Macy’s in San Francisco, California,
followed by a career with Cook United of Cleveland, Ohio, after
graduation.  He was recruited by Sam Walton in 1978 and began his
career as Vice-President of Loss Prevention for Walmart.  His twenty-
seven years with Walmart included positions in Human Resources,
Specialty Group, Sam’s Club, and Walmart Operations. He retired in
2005 as Vice-Chairman of the company.
Tom held numerous board positions, including: Walmart Board of
Directors, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton County, the National
Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Chairman of Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE, currently ENACTUS), Alien Technologies,
Geeknet, Inc., Corrective Education Corporation, The Retail
Equation, and Balance, Inc.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Karen
Coughlin, and Margaret Mary Coughlin.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia and three children, Kelly
Coughlin, Thomas Coughlin IV, wife, Susan, and grandchild, Thomas
Coughlin V, as well as son, Michael Coughlin, and wife, Kathleen. He
is also survived by his brother, Tim Coughlin of Columbia, South
Carolina; sisters, Mary Patricia Coughlin and husband, Jerry Keiner
of Columbus, Ohio, Colleen Coughlin, Nancy Williams and husband,
Howie, and Kathleen Coughlin, all of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers-in-
law, Ernest Herbert and wife, Linda, Daniel Herbert and wife,
Vanessa; sister-in-law, Leslie Herbert, all of San Diego, California,
and sister-in-law, Claire Klinker of Seattle, Washington, in addition
to many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at St.
Stephen Catholic Church, 1300 NE J Street, Bentonville, Arkansas.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-6pm on Friday, April 8, 2016, also at
St. Stephen Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Edward High
School, 13500 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, the Miller
McNeil Woodruff Foundation, 6518 South Timber Ridge Dr., Rogers,
Arkansas, 72758  or The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton County, P.O.
Box 448, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral
Services of Rogers.  Memories may be shared at stockdalefuneral.
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