Funeral services honoring Norton Tompkins, 92, of Minden will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Homer at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, with the Rev. R.B. Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Rose Neath Funeral Home.
Norton was born to Norton and Edna Tompkins in El Dorado, Ark., the youngest of seven children. After completing Homer High School, Norton entered Louisiana Tech and graduated in 1943 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was elected Senior Class President and was loyal to Tech until his death.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy at Stickell (Enewetak) Airfield in the South Pacific. Following the war, Norton was employed by Hycalog and worked throughout south Texas. It was during this time that he met Gerry, his wife of 66 years. They settled in Corpus Christi and raised their two children, Pam and Jim.
Norton was devoted to his family and to his community. He served as Boy Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, president of the PTA and was a loyal employee of Reynolds Aluminum. In 1974, he and Gerry accepted a post in Jamaica when Reynolds, Alcoa, and Anaconda partnered to mine bauxite.
After retiring in 1980, they moved to Casper, Wy., to consult for a friend from their Hycolog years.
Finally, in 1982, Norton and Gerry returned to Homer where they built their retirement home on Lake Claiborne. Here he pursued his love of bass fishing whenever he liked. During the years that followed, he and Gerry enjoyed exploring the globe. Norton derived great joy from the new friendships that were formed with his neighbors of Claiborne Parish.
Norton was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lois Lay and Mary Martin; and four brothers, Edward, William, Earl and Elmer.
He is survived by his wife, Gerry; daughter, Pam Bloxom and husband, T.C.of Minden; and son, Jim of Dallas.
The family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Homer or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Share memories with the family by visiting www.rose-neath.com.