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Thomas Rhea Lumpkin

Memphis, tn

Thomas Rhea Lumpkin, 98, died peaceably in his sleep on May 12, 2018. He graduated from Whiteville High School and began farming in Whiteville. During WWII, he was drafted into the Army serving as a medic in Liverpool, England. Upon return he farmed for several years before moving to Memphis. He worked briefly for International Harvester. He began a career with Tayloe Glass Co, which was later bought by Burk-Hall Paint. After retiring he worked briefly with Wholesale Glass Distributors.

Rhea was an avid hunter and fisherman as well as a gardener extraordinaire. He was a long time member of Highland Heights Baptist but currently a member of Bartlett Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith and his brother, J. Oscar. Rhea is survived by his sister, Martha Armstrong of Memphis; children, Jim (Sheron) Lumpkin of Cordova, Judy (Mike) Williams of Frisco, TX, and Tom (Frances) Lumpkin of Bartlett; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Ruth, James, Kathleen, Daryn, Ryan, Michael and Michelle; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family appreciates the care given by the teams from Crossroads, Visiting Angels and Elite.

Visitation will be at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 16 from 1-2 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes, Bartlett Baptist Missions or a . Online condolences may be expressed at www.memphisfuneralhome.net.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from May 15 to May 16, 2018
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