He was born June 4, 1927, in Hornersville, Mo., son of J.W. and Prudie Riggs Lomax. He was the fourth of five children.
During his life he wore many hats; farmer, soldier, cotton ginner, salesman, carpet layer, auto repairman, and jack of all trades.
The one he mastered and loved was being a grandpa. He enjoyed sleeping under the stars, catching and eating fish, family float trips, 4th of July at Goo Goo's, and anything that got family and friends together around ice cream cones and cheesecake.
He served with the U.S. Army in Korea.
Survivors include three sons, Ted Lomax and wife, Diana, of Carbondale, Ill., Mike Lomax and wife, Cheryl, of St. Louis, Mo., and Jerry Lomax, of Cape Girardeau; a brother, W.R. "Jiggs" Lomax, of McClure, Ill.; two sisters, Betty "Pent" Korff, of Washington, Mo., and Blanche "Goo Goo" Dowdy, of Minnith, Mo.; six grandchildren, Michelle "Pumpkin" Pobst and Amanda "Biggs" Emmons and husband, Lonnie, all of St. Louis, Tim "Hot Shot" Lomax, Zach "Wack Zachy" Lomax, Jeremy "J.J." Lomax and Jamie Rae Lomax, all of Carbondale and a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth "Little Red" Emmons, of St. Louis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tim Lomax and a sister, Jackie Hutson.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Tuesday, Feb. 7.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Lorimier Cemetery, conducted by VFW Post 3838 officiating along with full military rites with Missouri Honor Team.
Memorials may be made to the Zalma Volunteer Fire Department.