Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tommy Tomlinson 1916--2006

Tommy Tomlinson might not be well-known outside of East Texas, but he was a local radio fixture in Tyler for about 40 years. Many Sunday mornings I listened to his gospel music radio program before listening to Lassere Bradley's Baptist Bible Hour. Tommy was 89 years old and a retired teacher. His last program was Sunday, August 13, 2006 before his passing on Monday the 14th.

Tommy Tomlinson was born December 24, 1916 in Paris, TX and passed away Monday, August 14, 2006, in Tyler.

Services for Hugh C. "Tommy" Tomlinson, 89 of Tyler, were held on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at Marvin United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, TX.

Partly based on Stewart Funeral Home online obituary

I think he always ended his program with "Good-bye, good luck and may the Good Lord smile upon you."


Jim1927 said...

Isn't that marvellous, to go in the saddle. God be with his family.

Do you receive The Pioneer Baptist paper of Bryan Station Baptist Church in Kentucky? The main writer there is Dr. C.D. Cole. They still publish his writings every issue. He was my professor of Biblical Theology in seminary.. He was up in years also when he was raised to glory.



clinch64 said...


I had not heard of Mr. Tomlinson's passing, since I have not listened to that time slot in several weeks. Glad you passed the information along. He will be sorely missed as he was a fixture in the area. I recall him telling the story of teaching various singing schools around Paris, TX years ago. One of his pupils was then unknown Duane Allen, a Paris area native. Of course he is a long time member of The Oak Ridge Boys.


R. L. Vaughn said...

I never met Tommy Tomlinson; in a sense he was only a voice on the radio. But then again, when you hear someone on the radio over a period of some 30 years, you feel like you know him. From the tribute on KTBB, he evidently was really neat in person as well. One of the best tributes was his love of children and the knowledge he imparted to them over his long career as an educator.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Jim, I forgot to reply about "The Pioneer Baptist". I don't receive it, but am familiar with the writings of C. D. Cole. I just recently bought one of his books from Bryan Station BC.

They said that Tommy came in and did his Sunday morning program, got sick on Sunday afternoon, and died on Monday. So he was "in the saddle" right up to the end.