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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-07-18 04:58 pm
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Military Monday: Thomas Andrew Lensing, Sr.

We had the memorial service for my uncle today. It was a very nice service.
Thomas Andrew Lensing, Sr. was born on 6 Mar 1928 in Scranton, Logan Co., AR. He died on 19 Aug 2010 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR. It was his wish that his body be donated to the Anatomical Gift Program for Medical Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

At the time of his death, my aunt and cousins sent an obituary in to the local newspaper. There was a part of it that I particularly loved...

He pitched for the St Louis Cardinals, rode a winner every racing day at Oaklawn Park, and golfed the Masters, all from his favorite living room chair. He loved hummingbirds, sitting in the shade in his backyard and growing the best tomatoes.

I wondered if my cousin, Eric, wrote that part when I saw him bring in the bottle of ketchup for the memorial table.

According to his family, Uncle Tommy loved ketchup on *everything.*

Even pancakes, but only after the butter and syrup went on them.
Uncle Tommy served in the United States Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II aboard the USS Hooper Island.

He was memorialized today with full Navy honors.




Although we committed Uncle Tommy's mortal remains to rest in a columbarium at the Arkansas State Veterans' Cemetery today, we all know his spirit is free.

See you on the other side, Uncle Tommy.