Thomas G. Wall, 91, of Sidney, departed this life to be with the Lord at 10:04 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by family.
He was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Piqua, to Leslie C. and Margaret A. Lee Wall. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lesta; and brothers, John and Bill Wall.
Tom leaves to mourn his loss, devoted wife of 39 years, Mary Mendenhall Wall; children, Gil (Kathy) Wall, Deborah Gorham, Cassandra (Mike) Hassel, Patricia Carter and Jodi Phillips; stepchildren, Treston Moore, Tandelaya Lynn and Charles Moore; sister, Betty Henderson; grandchildren, Anthony (Lisa) and Bryan Wall, Kaitlin Wall Donnell, Shaff (Gretchen) Gorham, Sean (Danielle) and Aric (Beth) Hassel, Shareas Carter, AJ (Misha) Ringer, Ja’Juan (LaTisha) and Shawn (Linell) Phillips; great-grandchildren, Marissa and Amara Wall, Nalaya Wall, Shaff, AJ, Lexxi and Tyson Gorham, Ava, Henry, Louis, Harper and Ella Hassel, Jazma Carter, Kiyel Stevens, Tre Ringer and Rae Phillips; great-great-grandson, Yisrael Chapman; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Meeting many people who wished him well throughout his life, in cities where he lived and worked and served God and others, Tom was a faithful church member and a barber for 30 years, having taken up this profession from his father, he attended Cleveland Barber College. He was also an employee of HK Porter (HBD Products) in Bellefontaine and Kroger in Sidney; Western Elementary School PTA President and Dale McGinnis American Legion Commander.
Tom was a veteran of WWII, serving as a combat soldier, passing that heritage on to his son, Gil, a Vietnam veteran and his granddaughter, Kaitlin, a combat medic, all three serving in the U.S. Army.
A member of Connection Point Church, Sidney, Tom and Mary could be found worshipping there until recently, due to his illness. He enjoyed the fellowship of the men’s prayer breakfast. He had also attended and was a member of Grace AME Church, Bellefontaine, and Cyrene AME Church, Piqua.
Tom was a man of much thought, communicating those thoughts to others whenever he had the opportunity. He was an author; he loved to read, learn, write and type his thoughts on life, and his life, expressing that “something within.” Tom loved to sing and was a good singer; one of his favorite songs being Sweet Little Jesus Boy. He leaves a legacy of love to all of his family, including his wife, children and grandchildren, who lovingly called him Grand-Dad and Tomcat. During his barbering days in Bellefontaine, “Tomcat” was a fond name he was referred to by many. Tom was a people person.
Tom experienced many woes in his life, but through his belief in God, he persevered through it all. He believed in being his brothers’ keeper, being fair, equal and just in doing unto others. He was known to say: “Do good, be good and be careful” as well as “Think, reason and do with your heart, mind and soul.”
“And, don’t forget to smile, with one of God’s gifts, your two front teeth,” Tom would say. And so we do, when we think of you, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend.
Funeral services begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at Connection Point Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road, Sidney, with Pastor Alan Leach officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends fro 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney.
Condolences may be expressed at www.cromesfh.com.