Arthur Maurice Tompkins Sr., 59, a retired supervisor of the invoice section of the Library of Congress, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Howard University Hospital.

He had retired in 1963 because of ill health after nearly 20 years with the Library.

Mr. Tompkins was born in Washington. He was a graduate of Armstrong High School. He took further studies in electronics.

During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces. He remained in the Army Forces until 1962.

Mr. Tompkins had worked with the D.C. Board of Elections for many years. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where he had sung with the junior and senior choirs. He lived in Washington.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marguerite Lewis, of Washington; three children, Arthur M. Jr., Diane T. Jenkins and Melvin, all of Washington; a stepdaughter, Dvoralyn J. Kerr of Tewksbury, Mass.; his father, Charles A. Tompkins Sr. of Washington; two sisters, Gloria T. Ricks and Alice T. Davis, and a brother, Gerald V., all of Washington; another brother, Dr. Charles A. Jr., of Chicago, and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Arthur M. Tompkins Memorial Fund at Our Redeemer Luthern Church.