David Michael Tompkins, 89, died Aug. 19, 2017, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.
He was born in Gastonia on July 5, 1928, and was the son of the late Reginald Lewis Tompkins and Emmie Abernathy Tompkins.
He was a well respected architect for 67 years, designing numerous projects in North Carolina and South Carolina. He attended the North Carolina State College of Design (architecture). He designed churches, banks, personal residences, trucking company terminals, and Hunter Huss High School. With his creative mind and adroit hands, he carved handmade wood items for fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity, where he was an active volunteer and for Interfaith Hospitality Network in Denver, Colorado. He was also an active member of the Rotary Club for 30-plus years.
He designed the addition to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Gastonia, NC, and served that congregation for more than 40 years leading property and financial committees, including a term as President of the Church Council.
He was a 25-year member at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gastonia, NC.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Beulah Clemmer Tompkins, of 65 years, and his brother, Jack, and his sister, Pat.
Survivors include: Ms. Kitty Tompkins (wife) of Gastonia. He has six children: four daughters Alicia Luhrs (Bernd), Sylvia Smith, Cynthia Cloninger (Les) and Betti Krapfl (Roger). He has two sons: David Tompkins, Jr. (Elaine) and John Tompkins (Beckie). He has 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. His passion was his love for family, who together with friends knew him for his humor.
He loved woodworking, jazz music and running. He especially loved spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Tompkins will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 West Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC, with the Rev. Shawn Griffith presiding. The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall.
The family wishes to thank Courtland Terrace and CaroMont Regional Hospital for their compassionate care of their father.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.