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Lamar Thomas Mount, Sr.

Lamar Thomas Mount, Sr. age 78 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Saturday evening June 7, 2013 at the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek, Michigan.

He was born November 27, 1935 in Crenshaw County, Alabama son of the late Andrew T. and Minnie Lee (Bolling) Mount.

On August 17, 1968 he married Beverly Johnson in Columbus, Georgia moving to Sturgis in 1971.

Lamar was a truck driver by trade and retired in 1992 from CMI Transportation, traveling to nearly all the 48 lower states.  He also had been employed by Sturgis Iron and Metal, Frye Copy Systems and Union Products.  Following his retirement for 13 years he served as a crossing guard for the Sturgis at the corner of S. Lakeview Ave. and East Congress St.  For over 30 years he was an active foster father in Goergia and Michigan.

He was a longtime member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church/ELCA in Sturgis and attended the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene.  He was a member of the American Legion and past member of Meridian Sun-Eagle Lodge #49 F&AM and Eagles Lodge #1314.

He was proud to have served his country in the National Guard and the U.S. Army earning the rank of E-6.

Lamar always found time to give of himself to others through volunteering.  Some of his many involvements included serving as a Cub Master with Troop 402 for 12 years, an assisting father for Demolay, the Sturgis baseball program, Sturgis Rocket Football for 13 years serving as co-director with his wife for 4 years and helping at Camp Fort Hill summer camps while his children were attending.

Lamar enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling especially trips to Alabama and Connecticut to visit family, barbequing and tinkering around the house.  He was a loyal fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide and always took time to sit down and watch the Army Navy football game with his son Lamar.  Lamar had many activities and involvements but what he truly cherished was time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife: Beverly; three sons: Lamar T. Mount, Jr. of Sturgis, Ronnie E. Mount of Lakeland, Florida and L. Keith Mount of Bartow, Florida; one daughter: W. Faye Rogers of Bartow, Florida; daughter-in-law: Jamie L. (Toulson) Mount of Casa Grande, Arizona; 11 grandchildren: Logan, Landen, Madissan, Sydney, Callie, Elijah, Jeremy, Joseph, Joshua and David Carnley and Kathy King; eight great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Pearl Baker of Alabama and Wendy Whitney and Donna Murawski both of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews in Alabama and Connecticut.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son: Erik Jeffery Mount;  six brothers:  Grady E. Mount, James E. Mount, Robert L. Mount, Andrew T. Mount, Jr., Julius F. Mount and James Lewis Staggers; four sisters: Viola Mount Reeves, Mary Edna Mount Walton, Ollie Merle Mount Tidwell and Vera Mytrice Mount Hall and mother-in-law: F. Jean Redfield.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday at the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Lamar Mount, Sr. will be held at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene.  The Rev. Calvin Kolzow of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis will officiate.  In accordance with his wishes cremation will follow the service.  A graveside committal and burial of the ashes will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.  The Rev. John Shoup of the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene will officiate.  Full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Mount’s memory consider St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.