John Lanier “Tommy” Tompkins passed away peacefully at his home in Lake Placid, Fla., on Saturday, March 12, 2014.
Born March 2, 1926, in Memphis, Tenn., to Hugh and Helen Tompkins, he served in WWII in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the Pacific on the carrier Mission Bay. He was an airline pilot for 31 years for Eastern Air Lines. After retirement as a pilot, Mr. Tompkins was employed as an FAA inspector and manager of geographics for the Northwest Mountain Region. Mr. Tompkins established Aviation Explorer Scouts for young men in the Denver area and was a mentor to many aspiring pilots. He was a member of the Air Line Pilots Association, serving as First Officer Representative and later Captain Representative of the Miami Base. Mr. Tompkins enjoyed woodworking and antique restoration. At the age of 70 he built a log home in the mountains outside Yellowstone National Park in the Wapiti Valley,Wyoming.
Mr. Tompkins is survived by his wife, Grayle Carlyle; sons John L. Tompkins Jr. and Tracy M. Tompkins; granddaughters Jenny, Lauren, Lindsay and Cassie; great-granddaughters Rhianyon and Novia Grayle; and great-grandson Brecken.
There will be a private family memorial service in Miami at a later date.