Tommy Valentine, Sr., 73, of Pasadena, Texas, went to heaven to be with his Lord on March 6, 2017.
Tommy was born November 2, 1943 in Houston, Texas, a son of the late Joseph Monroe Valentine and Mary Lou Valentine. Tommy was adopted by Slim and Bessie Valentine at the age of 1 month.
Tommy is survived by his wife and love of his life, of 54 years, Jackie Valentine of Monroe, LA, son, Tom Valentine, Jr., 2 daughters, Monica Howard and Susan Barton. Tommy had 9 grandchildren, Kristin Jones, Brookelyn Avila, Jason Jones, Avery Barton, Sarah Grace Valentine, Jacqueline Howard, Isabella Barton, Hope Valentine, and Scarlet Barton. His family was his life.
Tommy had 18 brothers and sisters, Doc, Ruby, Ivy, Truman, Dub, Leonard, Lela, Carroll, Danny, Frankie Carl, Katherene, Kathleen (twins), Jimmy Mac, Patricia, Brenda Sue, Buster and Leroyce. He loved the entire Valentine family.
At 18 years of age, Tommy began his career as a diesel mechanic for Stewart and Stevenson. At the age of 73, his 7 month battle with lung cancer ended his career with Toyota Lift of Houston, where he had many, many dear friends.
Tommy was an all-star baseball player receiving many trophies and awards. Tommy was an avid watcher of the television series Gunsmoke. He cherished his visits with Fats Domino and his vast oldies music collection. Tommy loved animals and brought home many that had gone astray. Tommy celebrated the Oilers during the Love Ya Blue era. He loved the Oilers, Bum Phillips, Earl Campbell and hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tommy loved his coffee, the Houston Chronicle and an occasional beer. He served as President of the Richey Elementary School PTA while his children attended. He was an avid fisherman, loved hosting a fish fry and hanging out in his RV. Tommy had an excellent sense of humor and was full of adventure, which may have resulted in a jeep being buried at the levy in Pasadena, Texas, and flipping a Volkswagen to prove it wouldn’t turn over….he lost that bet.
Tommy was loved and admired by many. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts. A personal request from Tommy was that his friends and loved ones stop smoking and forgive him if he ever offended you.
The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and the funeral service will be at 11:00am Thursday, March 9, 2017, officiated by Pastor Ron Nissen, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Dee Spencer, Wayne Campbell, Mark Morrow, Eddie Councell, J.R. Valadez, and Scott Stembridge.