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Thomas S. Lamb Jr., 94, of Rowlett, formerly of Greenville, died Feb. 11, 2017, at his home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Highland Terrace Baptist Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Dr. Bob Sexton will officiate. Interment will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park, with full military honors. Rev. Justin Wheeler and Dr. Dan Truitt will officiate at the graveside.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 14, at the funeral home.
Mr. Lamb was born in Dallas on Jan. 10, 1923. He was the son of Thomas S. Lamb Sr. and Hue Jewel Burns Lamb. He married Frankie L. Moseley on March 19, 1944, in Miller Grove, Texas. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Wylie and formerly a member of Highland Terrace Baptist Church. He retired from the Greenville Independent School District after teaching 35 years.
Mr. Lamb enlisted in the U.S. army in 1943 and served his country until 1946. He was a combat veteran, having served in New Guinea where he qualified to jump as an airborne paratrooper. He also served in the Philippines, specifically in Leyte and Luzon. He was a member of the 11th Airborne Division. He served in Service Company 187th Glider Infantry. His division and company took Manila, the capital of the Philippines. He was also among the first to arrive in Japan after its surrender to take part in the occupation.
Survivors include his son, Nick Lamb and wife Sandi of Rowlett; daughter Anette Lewinn and husband Russell of North Richland Hills; grandsons Jonathan Lamb and wife Anna of Rowlett, David Lamb of Rowlett and Joshua Lamb of Rowlett; great-grandchildren Luke, Emma and Ava Lamb; brother-in-law Doyce Gilmer; nieces Jan Offutt and husband Glenn and Kathy Zimmerman and husband Mike; nephew Doyce Gilmer and wife Jill; and lifelong friends Jimmie Brice and husband Thurston (who is in heaven), Sandy Korem and husband Dan, Mike Brice and wife Becky, Terry Brice and wife Leanne and Tim Brice.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Lamb's caregivers, Saji Shiny and Rhonda Ansel.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie Lamb, in 1991.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Stuart, Doyce Gilmer, Adam Palmer, David Lamb, Jonathan Lamb and Ron Sexton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Honor Flight DFW, 2201 Long Prairie Rd., Suite 107 PMB 376, Flower Mound, TX 75022.
Published on February 13, 2017
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