NEWPORT NEWS - Gordon Emmett "Pop" Lamkin Jr., 82, a native of Newport News and Peninsula resident his entire life, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 25, 2010.
He retired in 1994 after 40 years in the men's clothier business, owning Pop Lamkin LTD & The Varsity Shop.
Pop attended Stonewall Jackson Elementary; George Wythe Junior High; was a 1945 Hampton High graduate, where he lettered in basketball and track; and received his B. A. degree from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a bible teacher in the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry; was a counselor at the Christian Broadcasting Network; was Chairman of the Board at Youth For Christ; and was actively involved in New Covenant Church and Williamsburg Community Chapel.
Pop was a member of the Hampton Kiwanis Club; a member of Gideons International; President of Hampton-Wythe Pony League; and coach for midget & intermediate football in the Hampton Recreation program.
Pop was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon E. Lamkin Sr. and Margaret Louise Williams Lamkin; and his sister, Shirly Louise Lamkin.
He is survived by his wife, Harmie S. Lamkin; two daughters, Margaret Lamkin Eaves and husband, Mark of Charlotte, N.C., and Elizabeth Lamkin MennE of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; a son, Gordon E. Lamkin III of Virginia Beach; a brother, William H. Lamkin Sr. and wife, Mary Lou of Gloucester; four grandchildren, Dylan Sage, Preston Eaves, Maxwell Lamkin, and Luke Lamkin; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at the home. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Emmaus Baptist Church, Poquoson by the Rev. Jack A. Lawson Jr. and the Rev. Tom Ivey. Burial will follow in Emmaus Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peninsula North Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 6373, Newport News, VA 23606. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com
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