Ronal Dale (R.D.) Tompkins, Sr., age 69, of Lake City, Florida, passed away Wednesday June 30, 2021, at Lake City Medical Center due to complications from covid pneumonia. He was born March 15, 1952, in Lake City, Florida, son of George and Jeanette Tompkins.
Ronal married his soulmate April Irene Smith, June 28, 1974. Ronal was a member of Hopeful Baptist Church.
Ronal was a respected top salesman for Tom’s Potato Chip Company and Murray Cookie Company, winning various awards for his successful sales career. To many, Ronal was simply known as the “Tom’s Guy” or "Cookie Man”. Ronal owned and operated Creative Imaging until his retirement June of 2005.
Ronal served in the Florida National Guard of Lake City.
Ronal was an avid auction-a-holic! Roy Aderholt, Red Williams, Matt Westmoreland and Matt and Julie Verdegem were just some of the many wonderful friends he had amid the auction community.
He was affectionately called Ole' Man Jenkins by his grandchildren after "Papa" played a joke on them. When they would ask him where he was going, he would always tell them "he had to go see a man about a dog". They were always happy when he would cook chicken pilau.
Ronal was preceded in death by his parents George and Jeanette Tompkins, and son Danny Tompkins. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, April Smith Tompkins, daughter, Becky Tompkins, son, Dale (Amber) Tompkins, granddaughters Grace and Emma, daughter-in-law Amber (Pedro) Brushingham Tompkins Cordero, grandson Austin, granddaughter Abby, sister, Teresa Tompkins, brothers, Mikell (Betty) Tompkins, Rodney (Teresa) Tompkins, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
The Celebration of Life service for Ronal will be Saturday July 10, 2021, at 5pm at Church on The Way located at 196 SE James Ave, Lake City, FL 32025. You all know how much dad loved to hang out and talk and it was dad’s wish to have a time of visiting and fellowship for everyone that can make it after the service is over until 7pm.
The family has asked in lieu of flowers that people please consider making a donation to the RD Tompkins Prosthesis Fund to help other amputees get the prosthesis they need. Dad was always looking for ways to help people and we thought this would be a great way to honor him and help others in need. You can make a donation here.