Gwyndola Thompkins

Obituary of Gwyndola Thompkins

Ms. Gwyndola Ward Thompkins, 102, of Sylva, went home to Jesus on Monday, November 5, 2018. She was born in Boggy Creek, Orange County Florida to the late Joseph and Laura Ward.


Known and loved by many as “Granny”, Gwyndola was of the Baptist faith and had a passion for many things including being a prize winning quilter. She helped  to make The World’s Largest Quilt. Gwyn enjoyed snow skiing, gardening, and traveling anywhere she could go or that anyone would take her. She was the former owner of Thompkins Foliage Nursery in Florida and Thompkins Cabins in Franklin.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, B.L. (Mack) Thompkins; three brothers, Joe, Henry, and Bill Ward; and one sister, Hazel Woodall.


Gwyn is survived by her three children: two sons, W.L. Thompkins and Donald (Jan) Thompkins, both of Florida; one daughter, Laura Nelle Goebel of North Carolina; eight grandchildren; Brenda Partin (TX), Garry Mack Estes (NC), Arinda Lee (TX), Marcia Jones (NC), Kangee Graham (FL), Norma Jean Platt (FL), Laneve Thompkins (FL), Gwyndola “Dola” McConnell (NC); eleven great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m at Lock Family Cemetery in Boggy Creek, Florida. Pallbearers will be the great grandchildren.


At her request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lock Family Cemetery Fund at Lock Family Cemetery Inc., 725 Alexander Place Dr., Apopka, FL 33712.


Appalachian Funeral Services is handling the arrangements.

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