Tom Womack was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended North High School, especially enjoying his opportunity to play basketball. His love for sports continued throughout his life. After graduation he worked for a small sign company for a short while before working for a small bookbinding company. He served in our U.S. Army for three years and returned to Nashville to work again with the bookbinding company. After a short time he left this company to work with Williams Printing. After several decades in the printing business he retired in 1993. Throughout much of this time he also used his art skills in freelance work with 21st Century, Power for Today, and other works. His skilled works continue to be in church buildings throughout the area. Vultee has a picture of their church building hanging in the foyer that he was asked to do when the building was new. Also, Hermitage church of Christ’s nursery has some of his work, a four wall mural of all six days of creation. Of course this work is beautiful, revealing his talent as well as his meticulous self-imposed standards.
Tom’s greatest success was in his relationships. He was a faithful child of God which helped him to achieve and excel as a husband and father. Tom and his lovely wife of 57 years, Dot, met through her brother. While they were dating they attended a Gospel meeting at Vultee being preached by Ira North. Tom responded to the Lord’s invitation and was immersed into Christ. They married in 1955 and began their life together in God’s holy institution of marriage. They were a great pair. They would work together in the garden, which was agricultural as well as a piece of art because of Tom, and then Dot would can. She would cook and Tom would do dishes. She taught children’s classes for 30 years and he would create the handouts, storyboards, or whatever learning aids she could dream up. Of course they looked absolutely perfect. As a husband he was devoted and tender. Rarely was he emotional, but he would be as he watched Dot in pain or felt deep concern for her well being. As a father to Darryl and Lisanne he was deeply loved and appreciated. Their memories are full of consistent devotion and care from a man who was quiet and of few words and trumped by a solid life of deep character and faith.
Tom loved to build furniture, do housing projects, raise a garden and fruit trees, fish, and listen to sports-especially Vanderbilt. Jamie Gillespie, one of his pallbearers, has supported and cared for the Womacks by bringing a short period of worship to them each Sunday. This, along with other care, was a rich blessing. On a lighter side, Tom was also thrilled to learn that Jamie played Vanderbilt football a few years back which just gave them more to discuss. We are thankful for the life of this great man.
November 5, 2012, Tom passed away at Alive Hospice, battling cancer. This gentle and strong man will be greatly missed. Our sorrow is deep, but not as those who have no hope! We believe things are better for Tom than ever before! We extend fervent prayer and deep sympathy to Dot, Lisanne, and Darryl.