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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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We heard of Ms Gwinnie passing, it made Earl and I sad but we have so many special memories of her and the family in our home and on the slopes skeying in the N C mountains, We can't be to sad, we are just so thankful to have known her and experienced her, joy of life, love of family and friends, and her enfecionus smile that we will never forget,We will sure miss her, and be happy at the same time to have had the privilege of knowing her. If you met her you didn't forget her, "One of a kind". With love the Blevins familey

Earl and Jenna Vee Blevins Nov 8 2018 12:00 AM

Suzanne Wilson Waltman Nov 8 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gwyndola Thompkins

Suzanne Wilson Waltman Nov 8 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Laura Nelle and family, my love and prayers are with all of you. What a wonderful life your sweet mother had and how we all loved her. She was indeed a Granny to my two children and an inspiration to all of us. I know my mother thought of her as a sister and what a wonderful time they will have in Heaven hugging and laughing. We have all been touched by this sweet lady and she will always have a place in our hearts. I treasure the times spent with you Laura Nelle and your family. I remember my parents and yours playing cards at your house. I remember the wonderful meals your mother cooked. I loved her fried turtle and catfish. Haven't had turtle since then. I remember how hard your mother and father worked from dawn to dusk. What wonderful memories on weekends I stayed at your house and how much fun your mother always was. I especially remember the alligator that your brother Donald chased me with. I regret the years have separated all of us, but the love for this sweet lady and her precious family will never be forgotten. God Bless, Suzanne

Suzanne Wilson Waltman Nov 8 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of granny. Our love and prayers to your family. May God give you strength as you go through this difficult time.

Tom & Beverly Turrentine Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

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