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Chandler Cemetery

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Thomas Funeral Home
Friday March 28th, 2014
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St. Clements Catholic Church
Saturday March 29th, 2014

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Lewis Joseph DiPrima

Lewis Joseph DiPrima, age 87 of Calhoun, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Gordon Hospital. Lewis was born on October 24, 1926 in Floyd County to the late Sam DiPrima and Ivie Jones DiPrima. He proudly served in the United States Army, and was known as a master shoemaker, winning many national awards. He later expanded and opened a group of stores that continue today, and are run by his children. In his free time, he and his wife, Dorothy, enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. Lewis was an original member and active in starting the St. Clement’s Catholic Church. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Knights of Columbus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Sam DiPrima, Jr., Charlie DiPrima, Romeo DiPrima, and Nino DiPrima. Mr. DiPrima is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife Dorothy P. DiPrima of Calhoun; son, David DiPrima and his wife Ruth of Atlanta, GA; three daughters, Judy D. Sloan and her husband Phil, Susan D. Elphingstone and her husband Bill all of Calhoun, and Maria D. Holbert and her husband Barry of Fairmount; one sister, Madeline D. Perron of St. Paul, MN; eight grandchildren, Brett Sloan, Robin Proffitt, Michael DiPrima, Josh Holbert, Caleb Holbert, Katie Holbert, Scottie Elphingstone, and Joe Elphingstone; and five great-grandchildren also survive. A Funeral Mass will be conducted on Saturday, March 29th at 12:00pm from the St. Clements Catholic Church with Father Joseph Shaute officiating. Bud and Vickie Owens will have charge of music. Burial will follow in Chandler Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home. In lieu to flowers the family requests that donations be made to the St. Clement’s New Church in Memory of Lewis DiPrima. (875 Hwy 53 West, S.W., Calhoun, GA 30701) You may leave the DiPrima family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Lewis Joseph DiPrima.


Judy and Susan and your families, So sorry to only lately finding out about your dad. I remember him as one of the nicest people in town. Quietly doing good things for people and the community. I know you miss him. All of Calhoun will miss him. My condolences to your mother.

Michael Martin Jul 13 2014 9:45 PM

Dear David, Judy, Susan and Maria, What a loss of such a wonderful man. I have so many memories of his kindness driving us to school or after school at the shoe shop. I wanted so much to be able to attend the funeral, as you all as a family have touch my heart and my families hearts. Much love, Gwen King Lyall

Gwen Lyall Apr 10 2014 8:42 AM

Gwen Lyall lit a candle for Lewis Joseph DiPrima

Gwen Lyall Apr 10 2014 8:39 AM

Kim Stanfield lit a candle for Lewis Joseph DiPrima

Kim Stanfield Mar 29 2014 9:54 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Lewis was such a kind,sweet man who always greeted you with a hello and smile. I remember growing up and spending time with the family every Friday night at the club and enjoying our summers there at the pool. He will be dearly missed.

Janet Hopper Mar 29 2014 1:19 PM

What a legacy!! He always greeted me with that warm smile, he was so famous for!! For many, many years he was my "work neighbor"!! I love him and he will be soarly missed!!

Donna Fuquea Couch Mar 29 2014 1:01 PM

Dear Family, I know that your dear, sweet father and husband will be greatly missed. Every time I saw Mr. Diprima, he was doing something thoughtful for his sweet wife, buying Valentine flowers for her, carrying her to the beauty shop, escorting her to a store. His presence will be missed, but sweet memories will linger in your heart. Mary Ann Brooks

MaryAnn Brooks Mar 29 2014 10:51 AM

We were saddened to hear about Mr. Diprimas' passing. Our thoughts are with you all. Kemp and Peggy Mauldin Ruth Mauldin Holcomb

Peggy Mauldin Mar 29 2014 10:47 AM

Danny and Joyce Greeson lit a candle for Lewis Joseph DiPrima

Danny and Joyce Greeson Mar 29 2014 10:24 AM

Lewis and I were business neighbors. I consider myself fortunate to have been one of his many friends. He was a gentleman to the core. Lamar Harrison

Lamar Harrison Mar 29 2014 9:30 AM