Thomas ‘Tommy’ Mainor Jr. - The Daily Times: Obituaries

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Mainor Jr.

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 am

Thomas Mainor Jr, (GRUMP), born in Loudon County, on August 21, 1928, passed away at his home on Monday, July 29, 2013, witnessed by his son and wife. Tommy is so cherished by his many friends and loved ones. Tommy served in the Korean War in the years of April 1951-April 1953. He served his country as a cook to the troops that served on the battlefield. He married Christene McKee on September 11, 1951, upon his return from serving our country. He and Christine lived in Greenback, then moved on to reside in Maryville. Tommy was an integral part of the Charlie and Susie McKee family. He was a best friend to Pete (Charlie), his father-in-law, until Pete died in 1974. Tommy made many friends throughout his life, during his work at Coca-Cola, (when the plant was located across from Blount Memorial Hospital, on the grounds where the current Blount County Justice center resides.) He then worked at Hertz Rent A Car (at the Knoxville Airport), then moved on to work at Tipton and Reynolds Construction Company, where he worked for several years until his retirement. He then went to work for Newton Stout Construction Company, where he was great friends with Newton, until he passed away. Tommy also worked at the S-Mart on Highway 411 for many years, enjoying meeting people and making friends. After his retirement, Tom enjoyed making the flea market rounds, where he made many additional friends. His last stop on the flea market circuit was on Highway 68 in Madisonville. He loved nothing better than bartering to make a deal. Another favorite pastime of Tom’s was to take his wife to Tellico Plains mountains to trout fish in the Tellico River. Preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Lizzy Mainor; brothers, Alvin, Elbert, James, and Fred. Tommy is survived by the love of his life for 61+ years, Christene; daughter, Judy Carpenter (Rick); his loving and devoted son and daughter-in-law, Tony, Vicki and their son Bradley; grandson, Christopher Haun (Lisa) and their children; brothers, J.E., Richard (Faye); sisters, Imogene, Bobbie (Jake Hanley); the McKee family, Effie McKelvey, Georgie Ford, Mattie (Dave) Croft, Elizabeth Vincent (Herbet), Portia McKee (Gary VandenHeuvel), Billie Jo McKee and Paul Roscoe McKee. Tommy will always be remembered for his great love and for his devotion to family. His passing has left a great hole in all of the survivors hearts. His smile, great wit and humor will live on through memories. Many thanks to Blount Hospice Team for their care and concern. Tommy was cremated, with graveside services to be held at Davis Cemetery, Loudon. Date to be announced later. Fred Adomat, E.T. Cremation services, officiating.

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