Obituaries for Feb. 2, 2017

James Mitchell (Jack) SharpJr.
James Mitchell (Jack) SharpJr., passed away peacefully in his home in Eatonton Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at 1p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro.
Jack was born in Kansas City, Mo. and lived most of his life in the Atlanta and Lake Oconee areas.
He was a graduate of Furman University where he played football and also served in the U.S. Air Force.  Most of his career was as sales manager with United Van Lines agencies in Atlanta, then retired to the Lake Oconee area.Jack was an outdoorsman and avid, accomplished hunter and traveler who is most remembered for his friendship, his gift of humor and telling stories of his adventures.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, James (Jack) and Dorothy Sharp; two brothers, Robert (Robbie) Sharp and Terry Sharp; and a sister, Patricia (Patsy) Samples.
Although he had no children of his own, he loved and mentored many during his lifetime, both within and outside of his family, who always called him “Uncle Jack.”Jack was an honorable, good man who will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all.
A loving and faithful husband, he is survived by Rebecca Fleming (Becky) Sharp, his wife of 47 years;  Bitsy, his constant furry companion;  two sisters, Carol Warner of St. Simons and Cindi (James) Avery of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Gay Smith and Lynn Sharp; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (; the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia (  or Global Samaritans Children’s Home/Zambia, Africa (
"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights," reads the Bible's Psalm 18:32-33.
McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St, Greensboro, 706-453-2626 has charge of arrangements. Visit them online at to sign the guest register.

Reverend Timothy Thompkins

Jan. 21, 1931-Jan. 19, 2017
The Rev. Timothy Thompkins, affectionately known as “Rev.”, departed this life Jan. 19, 2017, at his home in Eatonton.
The funeral service was Thursday, Jan. 26 at St. John AME Church in Eatonton with the Rev. Wayne Griffin, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Harriett Camp serving as the eulogist. Burial followed in Eastside Eatonton Cemetery. Pallbearers and floral bearers were family members and friends.
The Rev. Thompkins was born Jan. 21, 1931 to the parentage of the late Rev. John T. Thompkins and the late Mrs. Aquilla Inez Farley Thompkins.
He was of the African Methodist Episcopal Faith and was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Laverne Thompkins; his son, Timothy UtaThompkins; his sister, Joyce Thompkins Adams; and his brother, John Thomas Thompkins Jr.
He was educated in the Putnam County school system and was later drafted to serve in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Germany and while there, he was eager to learn as much as possible in the area of construction. He followed in the steps of his father and became an ordained minister. He served in the capacity of pastor for several congregations including The White Chapel AME Church in Round Oak, Stencilville AME Church and The St. Luke AME Church of Macon. He served as the associate pastor of St. John AME Church until his death.
He was a member of the Putnam County Masonic Lodge No. 170 and the American Legion No. 583.
The Rev. Thompkins was a hard-working man and had a passion for laying bricks, carpentryand any job that related to building. He was self-employed for most of his life. He also played a major part in the building of the fellowship hall at St. John A.M.E. Church.
His most challenging job was laying the bricks in the smokestacks for Plant Harlee Branch of Georgia Power located on Lake Sinclair.
The Rev. Timothy Thompkins married Eunice Dumas and to this union, five children were born.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice Thompkins; three sons, Quince Adam Thompkins, Nasser Wayne Thompkins (Chenetta), both of Eatonton and Patrick Lee Thompkins (Sheron) of Covington; a daughter-in-law, Diane T. Thompkins of Eatonton; his siblings, Rudene Ash, Annie Inez Hurt (Melvin), Robert Thompkins, Martha Parham (Charles), George W. Thompkins (Rachel), the Rev. Harriet Camp (Allen), Lois Reaves, James Baker (Nettie), Willie F. Thompkins, Mildred E. Thompkins, Margaret Howard, Larry Thompkins (Betty), Autherine Ford (Charlie), Rev. Samuel Thompkins (Ernestine), Joseph Thompkins, and Regina Pennamon; eight grandchildren, Darnell Thompkins, Chiquita Bell Thompkins, A'shaThompkins Bratton, Nasser Thompkins Jr., Christopher Thompkins, Latoya Dumas, Latasha Hill, Patrick Thompkins Jr.; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Hurt's Funeral Home of Eatonton had charge of final arrangements.

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