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LEWIS HENRY, 90
Melrose, FL - Lewis Henry Thompson, 90, of Melrose, Florida passed away on June 16, 2014, at Haven Hospice in Palatka, FL.
Born in Cochran, GA and raised in Macon, GA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred & Jessie Mae Thompson, son Rick Thompson, and beloved sister Bessie Thompson Kite. Lewis loved his country and served it proudly for 22 years active duty in the Navy and Civil Service at NARF, Jax from 1966 to 1985.
He was a faithful member of Trinity Baptist Church, Keystone Heights since April 1997, where he received a 5 year Sunday School Perfect Attendance Award. He loved his church family and appreciated his pastors, Dr. James Peoples and Rev. Scott Stanland.
An avid Georgia "Dawg" fan since 1970, Lewis had a boisterous voice and a wonderful sense of humor. Anytime asked "how are you?" he always replied "Outstanding."
Lewis was raised as a Master Mason in 1950 and a member of Scottish Rite since 1972 and a member of the Morocco Shrine in Jacksonville since 1973. He is a past member of West Jax Shrine Club, where he served as President of the Boosters 1973, 1978 & 1984; President of W. Jax Shrine Club 1978; and President of W. Jax "Hot Sparks" 1982. He served as Morocco Shrine Club coordinator 1979, and also held several other volunteer positions at Morocco. After retirement and move to Melrose, he was a member of Putnam County Shrine Club in Palatka, FL.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Jo and her sister Betty Green; nieces Dianne Sapp, Macon, GA and Karen Allen (Randy) Kennesaw, GA; great nieces, Jill Samples (Ryan) Dallas, GA., Jennifer McCollum (David) Powder Springs, Ga.; nephew Chuck Kite (Cay), Macon, GA., great nieces Kimberly Brown (Donovan), Marietta, GA, and Kelli Wood (Luke) St. Simons Island, GA; granddaughter Taylor Thompson Clark (Angel) Pensacola, FL and great grandson Maximo; grandsons Sean Thompson (Marie), Jacksonville, FL and Jason Thompson (Sara), Portland, Oregon; great grandsons Trevor and Christopher, and many dear friends at Trinity Baptist Church and Morocco Shrine.
At Lewis' request please wear casual clothes or your Shrine or Masonic shirts to his services. He refused to wear suit & tie the last 18 years of his life and hoped you would come comfortable to his services. Flowers are accepted or make a donation to: Haven Hospice, 6400 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 11:00AM on June 18, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church, 3716 S.E. State Road 21, Keystone Heights, FL. Viewing will be one hour prior to the service, Dr. James Peoples and Rev. Scott Stanland officiating.
Burial will be (the next day) June 19, 2014 at 11:00AM at Macon Memorial Park, 3969 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA. Arrangements are by JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME of Keystone Heights 352-473-3176
Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation
340 East Walker Drive
Keystone Heights, FL 32656
Published in Gainesville Sun from June 18 to June 19, 2014