MOORE — Spc. David Gibbins Tompkins, 27, of Norman was received by the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
Services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Trinity Baptist Church, with interment in Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Primrose Funeral Service,
David was born May 28, 1985, in Denton, Texas, to Flake Gib Tompkins and Sharon C. Tompkins. He graduated from Norman North High School in 2004 and earned his journeyman’s license in 2012.
David lived his life in Norman where he joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 2009. He recently had returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom with C CO 1/179 INF 45th Infantry Division.
An avid motorcycle enthusiast, David rode with the motorcycle group Freedom Riders, a biker crew comprosed entirely of veterans of the war in Afghanistan. David also was a longtime employee of A-1 Electric, Heat, and Air, where he worked with his best friend, Kyle Beneventi, and many others who were like a second family to him, including owner Steve Nievar who referred to David as a “second son.”
His interests and hobbies were many and varied. Over the course of his life he was involved in the Junior Circuit Rodeo earning a first-place buckle in bareback riding. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and weight lifting. He trained for a time as an MMA fighter competing in several professional fights.
David is preceded in death by his grandparents Frances Gibbins Tompkins and Flake H. Tompkins of Midland, Texas, and an uncle Alan Foreman of Norman.
He is survived by his father Flake Gib Tompkins of Portales, N.M.; mother, Sharon C. Tompkins of Norman; sisters, Trisha Michelle Tompkins and Ashley Nicole Rogers and husband Lt. Jeffrey Niles Rogers; grandparents Ramon R. Foreman, Barbara M. Slenker, and Nancy G. Foreman; aunts and uncles Joseph and Myriam Tompkins, Tami Tompkins, Kae Tompkins-Eichler, Angela and Burgess Stengl and David and Marikka Foreman; cousins, Sasha Tompkins, Jorome Tompkins, Grace Tompkins, Jimmy Tompkins, Samantha Villa, Megan Eichler, Michael Eichler, Matthew Eichler, Susan and Juan Salamanca, Shara and Eric Turner, Kyle Stengl, Joshua and Heather Foreman, Andrew and Karen Foreman, Raymon and Becky Foreman, John Foreman and 17 second cousins.
Online condolences can be left at www.primrosefuneralservice.com.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012