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William Thomas Lampley of Benton

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updated: 11/21/2019 7:00 PM

William Thomas Lampley Sr., age 89, of Benton, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Benton.

Per Tom's wishes, he will be cremated.

Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with the Rev. Dean Severin officiating.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery on Monday for the graveside service. Arrangements are being made through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

William Thomas Lampley was born on Dec. 30, 1929 in Benton, the son of Andrew Lampley and Gertrude Ellen (Woods) Lampley.

He married the former Peggy Joan Thomas on Sept. 15, 1951. Together they shared 62 years of marriage, until her death on Oct. 31, 2013.

Mr. Lampley was a retired self-employed brick mason. He also formerly worked for the City of Benton Water Plant.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War.

Tom was a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge #64 A.F. & A.M., Benton American Legion Post# 280, Operating Engineers Local, and the Brick Layers Union.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Tom enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing and wood crafting.

Survivors include three children, William Thomas (Renee) Lampley Jr. of West Frankfort, Marilyn (Bruce) Zoller of Du Quoin and Tim Lampley of DuQuoin; seven grandchildren, Shawn Loss, Alicia Gregg, Ben Lampley, Julie Lampley, Marcus Lampley, Joey Lampley and Brandy Metten; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul (Diane) Lampley of Buckner and Everett Lampley of Benton; a sister, Mary (Wayne) Summers of West Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lampley was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Donald Lampley Sr. and Archie L. Lampley Sr.; infant sisters Dorothy and Lula Belle Lampley; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lampley.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of William Thomas Lampley Sr., to the Alzheimer's Association, and can be dropped off or mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home.

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