Tommie Thomas, Jr.

Tommie Thomas, Jr.


Tommie Thomas, Jr. was born on March 13, 1957 to Mabel and Tommie Thomas in Texarkana, AR. He resided in Gilbert, AZ for the past 13 years. He left us on July 24, 2013.

Tommie pursued one of his many passions playing football at LSU. He later joined the Air Force and served our country for 13 years, where he received his Surgical Technician training. He finished his career at St. Joseph?s of Outpatient Surgical Center, having worked for St. Joseph?s Hospital for 23 years, both in General Surgery and Outpatient Surgery.

Tommie was an exceptional and well-respected Surgical Technician who brought joy and laughter to everyone he came in contact with. Tommie lived life to the fullest; he worked hard and played hard. He lived life on his own terms and left us the same way doing one of the things he loved to do, golfing. He loved all sports, going to the cabin, cooking, fishing, listening to music, and if there was a party he was there ? he was the party!

He will be truly missed by those who know and love him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Tommie Thomas, his dear friends, Jimmy McDevitt, Lynn Thomas, and Joe Gamble.

Those who remain to miss him are his beloved daughter Torrie Alexandra Thomas, her mother Lori Gearhart, and his Aunt Ubirdia Holmes. His loving companion and best friend Jackie Crowder, her children Evie and Tyler, Evie?s daughter Lyndin, and Jackie?s parents Bill and Connie Crowder, and his family at St. Joseph?s Outpatient Surgery Center.

Here?s to you, Tommie! Cheers!

There will be a Military Service on Tuesday, July 30 at 9 am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 23029 North Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024

A memorial and celebration of his life will be held- the day and time will be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Tommie?s favorite causes, Thomas J. Pappas School, 355 North 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003

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14 responses to Tommie Thomas, Jr.

  1. I miss you so much. Thank you for all of your support over the years, I will never forget how much fun we had. I appreciate the love you gave to my Mom, true best friends and soul mates. I love you, Tommie!

  2. I will miss the thought that Tommie is alive in this world. His smile, his laugh, quotes from movies and singing.. I just expect him to show and say” just kidding, guys. I really got you this time!” I will treasure the fact that he was a part of my life.

  3. I met Tommie on his first day of work at St. Joe’s, in General Surgery. I scrubbed a back case with him and knew one thing almost immediately. He certainly didn’t need backing up! Tommy seemed to have an innate ability to scrub any case, and do it well. I’ve never had so much fun at work as I did when he and I worked together in a room. His sense of humor and laid back attitude kept me sane on the craziest days.(“Jer, let it go.”) I will always remember his laugh, and I will always remember him. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Jackie, his daughter, and all those closest to him.

    Jerrie M. Jahnke

  4. It’s been a long time since I worked at St. Joe’s, but remember Tommie so fondly. His personality was larger than life and he will truly be missed. Prayer, love and hugs to all of his family. God speed, Tommie.

  5. craig huston says:

    laughter smile rejoice his friendship

  6. James Trocki says:

    I knew him from the Hamburger Works. He will be missed.

  7. Rest in peace Double T. It was a joy and a pleasure to know you.

    Your friend,Bruce(chuck Knoll)Tharrington USAF MSGT(ret)

  8. Robin says:

    Tommie, you will surely be missed. When you meet your buddy I’m sure you both will have a lot to talk about. Rest on.

  9. To Family: will be praying for your lost and that God will wrap you in his arm as you and your family laid Tommie to rest!

    Susan Woolley

  10. Larry Vaughn says:

    You were always smiling and had a friendly conversation…You were a very nice person…These are the traits of a gentleman; and the way I will remember you…

  11. Rose Thomas says:

    My sincere condolences to Jackie, Torrie and Lori.

    My time with Tommy started in the late 70’s when he arrived at Travis AFB, CA for his first military assignment, we married on 1 Dec 1983 and went our separate ways in the early 90’s. Our TAFB family & friends created so many everlasting memories, as did our travels to Homestead AFB, FL and Wiesbaden, German.

    Tommy loved sports, (participating more than watching) gatherings with families and friends, partying every opportunity that presented itself, music, caring for his patients and going for drives on a Sunday afternoon.

    Tommy, always know that our love will forever be with me and I cherish the years we were together.

    Rest in peace, your heart was tender, so I know the Big Guy has a place for you!

    Rose Thomas

  12. Words cannot express the sorry I felt upon hearing of the death of my childhood friend. Miles separated us, but our friendship will always remain in tact.

  13. Anita Murphy says:

    Tommie was so very special to me. High school buds, close friends. There was something about him that every liked him. He was very smart in school and he did want anyone to know for some reason. I am so proud to see how successful he was and that he lived well.

    Love Always


  14. Jason Caflin says:

    Tommie always made me laugh, sometimes to the point of tears. He knew all the good tunes and all the funny jokes. I’ll miss talkin sports and talkin smack!! Miss ya Tommie!! . “Early in the mornin’, before you eat yo breakfast, you GOTTA GET DOWN!!” Get down Tommie, catch you on the flip side!!

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