October 5, 1928 ~ July 19, 2010
Thomas Earl Lemley passed away at the age of 81 on July 19, 2010 at his home in Torrance with his wife, Donna and daughter Susan by his side. Thomas was born on October 5, 1928 in New Martinsville, West Virginia. After graduating High School, enlisted in the US Army, served during World War II and upon discharge landed in Taft, California where he met his wife in the local pool hall. Graduated from Taft Jr. College, continued his education and graduated from Fresno State with a teaching degree in Industrial Arts. Tom started his teaching career at Monroe Jr. High School in Inglewood, teaching wood shop since the inception of Aviation High School until it closed and finally retiring in 1988 while teaching at RUHS. He enjoyed his students and loved working with wood. It was later that he retired from Sears Svc Ctr., having worked part time for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Donna; his son Dale and a daughter Susan; Lambchop; two grandsons, Zebulon (Rachel) and Zachary; also a sister Joretta Tallman (Homer), sister in law Dorlee Taylor and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 20th at 2:00 p.m. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., in Torrance. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
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