H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

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Thomas Williams BARGE

September 10, 1951December 6, 2019

THOMAS WILLIAMS BARGE September 10, 1951 - December 6, 2019

Thomas Williams Barge died unexpectedly at his Atlanta home after a brief illness on Friday, December 6, 2019, at age 68. He was the son of the late John Powell and Ada Williams Barge of Cordele, Georgia.

A graduate of Crisp County High School in Cordele, he went on to receive both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Georgia. He was an avid, lifelong Bulldog fan.

He enjoyed politics and worked in the Peanut Brigade in Jimmy Carter’s bid for the Presidency and was active in George Busbee’s gubernatorial campaign. In his youth, he was an exceptional golfer and some thought golf might be his career path though he never pursued it professionally. He instead had a lifelong career in finance at Georgia Power Company from which he was retired.

Tom loved sports with a passion particularly football, baseball and golf. He attended every Masters Tournament with his family since early childhood and remained a devotee over the years.

Above all, Tom treasured family and friends. His generosity knew no limit and everyone who knew him was touched by his kind heart, compassion and endless love.

He and his life partner, Bill Burger loved to entertain in their beautiful Ansley Park home. They had a wonderful life together always hosting family holidays until Bill’s passing in 2000. Tom never got over the heartbreak of losing Bill.

Tom is survived by his sister, Anne Barge Clegg (Terry) of Atlanta, and his brother, John Powell Barge (Susan) of Cordele, his aunt, Jean Williams of Atlanta, and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, life partner William H. Burger, and nephew John Powell “J.P.” Barge, III.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at H. M. Patterson & Son Spring Hill Chapel followed by a reception at his home. Graveside service and interment will be on Wednesday, December 18 at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery in Cordele.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests gifts be made to Emory Goizueta Alzheimer’s Research, The Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30329 or Emory Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence, contact aliciabrady@choa.org.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Thomas Williams BARGE

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MiMi Pass

December 14, 2019

Dear Anne and Johnny:

I had the great fortune of meeting and getting to know Tom through my sweet husband Mickey. I liked Tom from the moment we met. He was always a wonderful listener and made sure he asked about your life, never focusing on his own. I loved talking with him about Georgia football and predictions for our season. He and Mickey had a special friendship. I always knew the phone would ring every July 24th and it was Tom saying Happy Birthday and I knew every September 10th Mickey would be making that same call to Tom. Never a Christmas passed that we did not go to Cordele for the holidays and speak of the Pass family’s love for the entire Bardge family, especially Tom. Mickey loves to tell stories of growing up with Anne, Johnny and Tom and how “ Miss Ada made the best hot dogs!” We love this precious memory. I will be forever grateful for the kindness Anne showed me when Mickey and I married. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time.

Much love, MiMi Pass

Mickey Pass

December 14, 2019

Anne, Johnny & Susan
I was saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of the entire family. I’m grateful we stayed in touch over the years. He always remembered my birthday. He was a dear friend. I will miss him.

Robert Barnett

December 13, 2019

Dear Anne: I did not know your brother, but his Obituary tells me that that fact was my loss. I am so sorry for your loss, may your brother, Tom rest in peace and may you be comforted by the fact that he was a very special part of your life and bask in the wonderful memories of happier times you spent together. This message sent with love and caring to a new special friend, Bobby

Marylin Johnson

December 12, 2019

Dear Anne, I am so very sorry about the loss of your brother. I know what it means to lose a sibling - it hurts.
Just remember, your friends have your back.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Marylin Johnson

Harold Brody

December 11, 2019

Dear Anne,
My deepest sympathies in learning of Tom's death. I know how hard the last years have been for you, and I was so sorry to hear of his passing.
I remember so well the parties that he and Bill gave in their home and their generosity of time and spirit.
My heart goes out to you at this sad time, and I hope to see you soon.

Warm regards,
Hal Brody

Nancy Jo McDaniel

December 11, 2019

Dearest Anne!
I am so sorry for the loss of your brother, Tom. I just wanted to tell you that I am thinking of you & lifting you in prayer!! Sending you love & hugs at this time!!!! XOXOXO Nancy Jo

Ceci Fenn

December 9, 2019

Dear Anne, Johnny, and Susan:

We are so sorry for the loss of your dear sweet brother. Tom was such a kind and gentle soul and a wonderful friend. We cherish our years of being neighbors with Tom and Bill. We had so much fun and memories that will always make us smile. We believe Tom continues to live in Heaven and he has been reunited with those he loves, especially Bill. That makes us happy and gives us great comfort, we loved Tom. Most of all now, we wish you strength to get through this difficult time.

Much love,
Ceci and Chris Fenn

Gene Carson

December 8, 2019

Although I've not seen or spoken to Tom in several years, he and his deceased partner Bill will forever be in my memory. One filled of incredible love, laughter and fellowship. They both came into my life at a pivotal point and I will be forever grateful for everything they shared. Rest in peace Tom.