Tommy grew up in the keystone Heights area and attended school in the original Keystone
Tommy’s entire 40 year career was at Clay Electric Cooperative, beginning in 1949 when there were less than 50 employees and retired in 1989 as General Manager. Married to Betty for 67 years, they have a son and daughter, 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Tommy served on many volunteer fronts over the years.
His life’s mission, he said, is “Serve people through church, occupations, and in any volunteer work that is dedicated to family and education. Be a contributing citizen, in other words.”
To the question: If you could have dinner with anyone living or deceased, who would you choose? “It would be Pat Loudon, the first General Manager of Clay Electric and my mentor.”
His favorite quote: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Tommy was an avid fisherman for 20 years following his retirement. He is now more limited to home chores, fruit trees, reading, etc. However, he is a regular at Genesis Fitness. He visits 5 days a week, to keep mobile and healthy. He started early enough an exercise regimen , he indicated, as a surest way of staying out of the doctor’s office. It has worked well for him as at 89 years old, he believes it has contributed to his longevity.
A member for over 12 years, Tommy is thankful for Genesis Fitness, and for the support and availability of all equipment needed to stay fit. “Todd really cares and keeps this place clean and spotless all the time”, he said.