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LEROY THOMPSON JR., BUILDING CONTRACTOR

Services for Leroy Thompson Jr. of Lancaster, S.C., a former Buffalo resident, were held Sept. 17 in Lancaster. Burial was in Lancaster Memorial Park.

A retired self-employed building contractor, Thompson died Sept. 13, 2001, in Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, S.C., after a long illness. He was 66.

Born in Lancaster, S.C., he began spending summers with relatives in Buffalo as a child and moved here after finishing high school.

Known as "Red Jr.," he renovated and remodeled homes in Buffalo, first as a partner in E and L Home Improvement, then as sole proprietor of L and T Home Improvement. He closed the business and went into semi-retirement in 1982. He returned to South Carolina in 1990.

He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a Shriner.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, the former Ernestine Bland; four sons, Leroy III and Mark, both of Buffalo, David of Austin, Texas, and David Delk of Las Vegas; four daughters, Annette of Youngstown, Ohio, Lisa Ann and Tangia, both of Buffalo, and Aurelia Jo-El of Lancaster, S.C.; his mother, Esther Lee of Lancaster, S.C.; two brothers, William of Lancaster, S.C., and Calvin of Buffalo; 20 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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