Carol Irene Coppedge Jackman, 55, of Little Rock and Heber Springs, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Born at Blytheville, she was the daughter of the late Oliver Watson and Marguerite Pride Coppedge. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a 1965 graduate of Blytheville High School. Mrs. Jackman received her bachelors' degree and masters of arts in education from Memphis State University. She was retried from Memphis Public School System where she dedicated most of her career to working with children with special needs. She began teaching at a residential center for autistic children and later taught and tutored patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. She often said she enjoyed the work at St. Jude because the young patients were afraid of falling behind in their school work and were always glad to see her. Mrs. Jackman was an avid bridge player. After moving to Little Rock she played most often at the Little Rock Bridge House. Last year, she achieved the rank of life master.
She is survived by her husband, James M. "Mac" Jackman of Little Rock; a brother, Earl Pride Coppedge of Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Alice Coppedge of Abilene, Texas; five nieces and nephews and five great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jackman was preceded in death by her brother, Oliver Coppedge, Jr., in 1999.
A graveside funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville with Rev. Thad Grimstead officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville.
The family requests that anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.