Homer Dean Tompkins
Oct. 9, 2019
Homer Dean Tompkins of Nacogdoches, passed away peacefully from his earthly home into the loving arms of his heavenly Father Wednesday October 9, 2019 in his home in Nacogdoches, Texas. A celebration of his life was held Saturday October 12th at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home Sunset Chapel. Friends and family from Austin, Houston, Richmond, Rosenberg, Timpson and Selby County attended. Mark Simmons officiated the celebration.
Homer Dean Tompkins was born July 8, 1927 in Houston, Texas to Homer Lee Tompkins and Mary Agnes Hahn Tompkins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joyce Tompkins, and his Granddaughter in law, Carrie Fuller. He is survived by daughters, Brenda Tompkins Fuller of Round Rock, Texas and Patti Tompkins Goodrum and son in law Bill Goodrum of Nacogdoches, Texas. Also, by grandchildren Gregory Dean Fuller of Nacogdoches, Matthew Warren Fuller and wife Cinnamon, of Georgetown, Texas, Allison LeAnn Fuller of Georgetown, Texas, William Burton Goodrum, Jr. and wife Rosary of Kingwood, Texas and Jason ‘JT’ Goodrum, of San Antonio, Texas. Also by 9 precious great grandchildren, Madalyn Fuller, Avery Fuller, Jate Jones, Savannah Fuller, Grayson Dean Fuller, William Burton Goodrum III, Harper Fuller, Isaac Goodrum and Hunter Goodrum all of Texas.
His love for engines came in the form of Navy engine rooms during WWII, Houston Light and Power operating equipment and cars of all kinds. After the war he worked for Houston Industries (now Center point) for 40 years. Again he excelled in the management of boilers rooms and machinery. He ended his career as Safety Director as well as teaching college graduates to operate, maintain and repair machinery for the power plant to function properly.
After WWII he met and married the love of his life Joyce Tompkins in 1950. They celebrated their love affair for 63 years.
Homer and Joyce were members of First Baptist Church Richmond, Texas where they raised their two daughters Brenda and Patti. Homer and Joyce retired in 1990 to Lake Nacogdoches. They joined First Baptist Church Nacogdoches and were members of the Fireside Sunday School Class.
Homer and Joyce also enjoyed managing their family farm in Timpson. Homer continued to manage the farm until 2015 when he turned over the operations to his daughters.
Homer, or Bopbop, as his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his beautiful granddaughter’s in law referred to him, adored his family. They were all his kids! He was regularly seen at baseball games, soccer games, and dance recitals following his grandchildren and great grandchildren in all their activities. Homer was an avid outdoorsmen and loved to hunt and fish. He passed these qualities to all his “children” as he spent many hunting seasons at the deer lease enjoying countless hours of fellowship with his family and friends. The Lord blessed him to retire on Lake Nacogdoches at age 58 and again passed on his love for fishing to all his “children”. In his youth and young adulthood he fished along all the Texas coast. Homer was also a skilled mechanic and had a tremendous passion for restoring old cars. Two of his grandsons captured this passion and have continued still today as a side line hobby.
Homer and Joyce rejoiced in attending all their grandchildren’s graduations from College. They were also very proud of their granddaughters in law as he loved them as his own. He often bragged that they all had college degrees; two from Stephen F. Austin, both with master’s degrees. Two more from Texas State, and three Aggies. One graduating from medical school from UTMB and currently in residency to become an Orthopedic Surgeon. If you talked to Homer for any length of time, he was extremely proud of all his children, grands, and great grands. He often challenged them to a game of washers and spent many hours pitching washers around the fire pit. He labored at the lake house for years improving the grounds for his family and he loved for his family and friends to visit and enjoy the lake. He also loved to garden and kept the flowers and grounds looking beautiful. He mowed his yard just days before he moved to his eternal home.
Pallbearers were his Grandchildren: Greg Fuller, Matthew Fuller, Allison Fuller, Will Goodrum and JT Goodrum and his son in law Bill Goodrum.
Honorary Pallbearers are his granddaughters in law, Cinnamon Fuller, and Rosary Goodrum, along with his 9 great grandchildren; also the members of the First Baptist Church Nacogdoches Fire Side Sunday School Class.
Our family wishes to extend a special heart felt thank you to Ms. Stephanie Driver who has been his caregiver and friend. Ms. Driver cared for his wife Joyce for many years and for Homer almost 6 years.
We are grateful for her love, compassion and skilled care for our parents. To God be the glory for her talents.