Tommy Lee “Tom” Tomlin

Tommy Lee “Tom” Tomlin

Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
Death 18 Oct 2012 (aged 69)
Burial Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 99319513 · View Source
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Tom entered this world on January 27, 1943 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was born to Elbert Henry Tomlin and Mary Ellen McAbee, the tenth of eleven children.

He entered Heaven on October 18, 2012 from Boise, ID after suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis for three years. He lived in Kannapolis and China Grove, North Carolina for the first seventeen years of his life, until he joined the Navy in 1960. Friendships from his childhood continued throughout his life.

During his 20 years of service, he was stationed on several ships, including the USS Brush DD 745, USS Everglades AD 20, USS Annapolis AGMR 1, USS Seattle AOE 5, USS Canopus AS 34, USS Furer FFG 6, USS Vesole DD 878, USS Semmes DDG 18. He was also stationed on shore duty at FMAG, Mayport, FL, and at SIMA at Charleston SC. Home ports included Norfolk, VA, Bremerton, WA, Long Beach, CA, Charleston, SC, San Diego CA, and Holy Loch, Scotland. He visited many countries on Med and West Pac cruises and spent time off the coast of Viet Nam.

Tom married Marilyn Wheeler of La Puente, CA on April 30, 1961. They had three children, Teresa Lee, Daniel Leslie and Tommy Lee, Jr. They later divorced and he married Roberta "Bobbi" Knight Barnes in Charleston, SC on July 29, 1977. He and Bobbi took their blended family of five children (ages 15 to 9) to Disney World on their honeymoon. What a lot of memories they created in that first family event.

Tom retired from the Navy in 1980 and followed Bobbi home to Boise. He worked as Chief Heating Engineer for the Boise School District until he retired in 2006. This job took him to all the Boise Schools as he kept them warm or cool as necessary. He was able to use his abilities to bring more efficiency to the system, and made many lasting friends in those years.

After retirement he began volunteering at Boise First Community Center (Church of the Nazarene) and in 2008 took the position of facilities coordinator. He was responsible for all kinds of things in this job — fixing doors, changing parking lot lights, making sure all the rooms were set to the right temperature, setting up chairs for events, repairing all kinds of things, and generally making sure that the church was a welcoming and comfortable facility.

Tom was an inventor as well, inventing the Helping Hands Bag Liner, which he sold at home shows and the fair for several years. He was always looking for a better way to do everything.

He loved baseball (especially the Yankees), NASCAR (Jimmy Johnson and Dale Jr. were his favorites), football (Go Broncos!) and motorcycling. He and Bobbi logged a lot of miles on several bikes during their marriage.

In 2007, they converted their Gold Wing to a trike and took off on a great adventure to see the four corners of the United States. Seventy two days, 27 states, 7 Canadian Provinces, Baja California and 17,000 miles later they came home. Tom was proud that he had put his foot in every one of the Great Lakes during that trip!

He was a charter member of R Wheels R His, a local chapter of Christian Motorcyclist Association, and participated in many events, including the Veteran's Home Ride and doing traffic control at the Harrison Classic the weekend before he died. One of his happiest duties in CMA was organizing and cooking for the annual Motorcycle Awareness Day Barbeque in the park. If you have ever gone, you will remember the juicy hamburgers and fried onions!

He was member of the Boise First Church of the Nazarene and had dedicated his life to the Lord and walked the walk of a Godly man. He was always ready to share his faith and had no hesitation in telling people that he was ready to go when his time was up here on earth. He had a very positive attitude and always said he was "just like brand new!"

Tom is survived by his wife, Bobbi, of Boise; daughter, Teresa Zoubi, of Nampa; sons: Daniel (Melissa) Tomlin, of Houston, TX, and Tommy Tomlin Jr., of Garland, TX; stepson, Steven (Gina) Barnes, of Nampa; sister, Joyce Tysinger, of NC; brothers-in-law: Merlyn (Janet) Knight and Chip (Lesley) Knight, of Boise; 12 grandchildren, with another on the way; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins; and many honorary family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; nine siblings; and his stepdaughter, Shannon Barnes.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Boise First Community Center Church of the Nazarene, 3852 N. Eagle Road under the direction of the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boise First Community Center, Christian Motorcyclist Association (P.0. Box 9, Hatfield, AR 71945), or a charity of your choice.

Ride on, Tom! Now you are brand new!

Published in Idaho Statesman on October 21, 2012

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Tommy Lee “Tom” Tomlin (27 Jan 1943–18 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99319513, citing Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) .