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John Frank Lomax, 82, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 in Greenville, South Carolina.
Born in Abbeville County, SC, he was the son of the late James Victor and Bernice Merchant Lomax. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Evelyn King Lomax and his brother, James V. Lomax, Jr.
John was a 1958 graduate of Abbeville High School where he was the Student Body President, lettered in football, basketball, baseball and was a member of the 1957 South Carolina Shrine Bowl.
In 1963 John graduated from Duke University where he was a member of the 1960-1962 ACC Conference Championship football teams. His team also won the 1961 Cotton Bowl game in Dallas, TX.
John’s career spanned more than 39 years with Duke Power (Duke Energy Corp) leading him and his family to live in various communities including: Tryon, NC; Mt. Airy, NC; Anderson, SC; Hickory, NC; Winston-Salem, NC and finally Greenville, SC where he retired as the Vice President of Business and Community Relations in 2002. In addition to his work, he spent countless hours volunteering his time enriching each community locally and at the state level. He served as a member of many Boards: Anderson Area Hospital (AnMed), Keep NC Clean and Beautiful Inc., High Point University, SC Business Industry Political Education Committee, Independent Colleges and Universities of SC Inc., Roper Mountain Science Center Foundation, and SC Humanities Council where his effort in fundraising aided in developing the SC Encyclopedia in 2006. He also served as the VP of SC Chamber of Commerce, Trustee of SC Business Development Corporation, VP of SC Deaf, Blind, and Multi-handicapped Walker Foundation, VP of SC Association of Non-Profits Organization, Governor Carroll Campbell appointee to the Advisory Board of the SC Department of Energy, Governor James Hodges Appointee to SC First Steps Education, and the Campaign Steering Committee for SC Governors School for the Arts.
John was a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church where he served as a Board Trustee, a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Financial Committee, a Delegate to the SC UMC Conference and a member of the Roundtable Sunday School Class.
John is survived by his four children: a daughter, Vicki L. Horomanski (Terry) of Greenville, SC; a son, John F. Lomax, Jr. (Colleen) of Paradise Valley, AZ; a daughter, Leigh L. Crain (James) of Greenville, SC and a son, James W. Lomax of Alpharetta, GA. Seven grandchildren who will miss their “Papa Bear”, Wesley and Kathleen Nichols of Greenville, SC; Maeve, John Cole, and Frank Lomax of Paradise Valley, AZ and Elizabeth Ann and John Crain of Greenville, SC. Also surviving is one brother, N. Manning (Nick) Lomax and his wife, Sally of Clemson, SC.
A graveside service will be at 11:00, Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Upper Long Cane Cemetery, Due West Highway, Abbeville, SC with the Reverend Brandon Fulmer officiating.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, 200 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601 with the Reverends Brian Gilmer and Grover Putnam officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Orders Parlor at the church.
Memorials may be made to Buncombe Street UMC - Missions & Outreach, 200 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or to the charity of one’s choice.
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