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Tom Lamar

August 6, 2018

Mr. Tom Lamar entered eternal rest on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Tom Lamar, III ,PharmD, RPh was born in Talbotton, Georgia on May 7, 1950 to the late James and Henrietta Lamar. Tom was the sixth of seven bright and brilliant children.  He was educated in the public school system of Talbot County.  He was voted most studious and graduated from Ruth Carter High School in 1968 and was currently serving as class president.

Tom received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with a minor in  Math from Savannah State University in 1972.  He used that degree to teach science in the public school system of Talbot County. He had fond memories of that time. Later on he attended Howard University in Washington D.C. where he obtained his well-earned degree in Pharmacy.  Tom  also obtained a Masters of Public Administration. Tom was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During this time his health started to take a turn, but he believed, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". He worked as a pharmacist at Westside Urban Health Center, JC Lewis Clinic of  Health at Union Mission and  Georgia Therapy Methadone  Clinic.   

Tom was an avid member of L.I.F.E.,Inc. Savannah Citizen  Advocacy, ADAPTS, and chairperson of A-CAT. He was on the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Planning Commission of Chatham County. He was a board member of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and T. F. Williams Court Apartments.

Tom was also member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American Society of Chemist as well as the National Pharmaceutical Association.

Along the way he met some true lifelong friends; Tom Koeler, Preston and Kathy Hodges, Mark Lee, Herman Friedman and many others.  Tom was also a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and some of his closest friends were Charlie Smith, Elzie McCord and Thad Hodges. These people helped to take care of all of his needs.  Tom gave love and he received love. He was admired by all who came to know him.

Tom accepted Christ at a very early age. He joined Shady Grove Baptist Church (Pastor Franklin Holmes) of Talbotton, Georgia at the youthful age of ten. As a resident of Savannah, he joined the College Park Baptist Church (Pastor Charles O'Berry), and then Saint John Baptist Church (Pastor George P. Lee, III).  His favorite scriptures are from Psalm 23 and his favorite song is Amazing Grace.  He believed and taught others to "Accept what God allows".

Tom Lamar is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Lamar, Sr. and two siblings, Hazel Lamar and James Lamar, Jr.; two brothers-in-law, Jonathan Haywood and Alvin Collins, Sr.; and one endearing nephew, Alvin Collins, Jr.

Tom leaves to cherish his memory two brothers, Leonard Lamar (Emma Jean) and Robert Lamar (Chestine); two sisters, Louise Haywood and Lucile Collins ; four nieces, Cynthia Epps (Calvin), Yvonne Rush, Natasha Collins, ShaDonna Gray (Nick); five nephews, Alphonso Lamar, Calvin Lamar, Anthony Lamar, Maurice Haywood (Lisa), and Trebor Lamar (Shetia); five grand nieces, Ciara Collins, Sidney Haywood, Cavana Epps, Jasmine Holt-Scott (Ronnie), and Nicole Gray; five grand nephews, Jonathan Haywood, Trevion Lamar, Alvin Collins, III (Tilisha), Alan Collins, and Cedric Epps (Asia); one God daughter, Tamia S. Lamar Jones (Avery); as well as a host of care takers, Mary Bacon, Tina Wilson, Carolyn Gadson, Evonne Hayward, Jo Robinson and Kevin Stanley; a symphony of loving cousins, and devoted friends.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 

at St. John Baptist Church

522 Hartridge St. ~ Savannah, GA 

Rev. Dr. George P. Lee, III, Pastor 

Interment ~ Oak Grove Cemetery

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