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Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

2620 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Thomas "Tommy" Lee Nanyes

January 23, 1947March 17, 2020

Thomas “Tommy” Lee Nanyes, took the Lord’s hand and went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 after 73 years of life. He died peacefully surrounded by his beloved wife, Norma, and his three children; Natalie Woolverton, Tommy Lee Nanyes, and Keith Nanyes.

Tommy was born on January 23, 1947 in Galveston, Texas to Ollie and Frances Nanyes. He grew up playing gospel music accompanied by his sisters. At age 6, the family relocated to Austin where he graduated from Austin High School. On April 29, 1966, he married the love of his life, Norma Maner. They shared a life together for 53 years.

Tommy worked several jobs throughout his life, but primarily with TxDOT’s Machine Shop where he retired in August 2003. After retirement, he could be found in his home workshop almost daily. The family saying was, “If Papa can’t fix it, no one can”.

His love for music was celebrated through his music ventures, including the H.I.S. Band at his Church, the Concordia Oakwilt Boys, and The Night Skies Band. Playing music alongside others brought Tommy great joy. As a devoted man of God, he was treasured at his home church Christ Lutheran Church, as a long-time member and devout worshiper. He led a life of service for others and if you were blessed to know him, you knew of his selfless nature.

As a father, Tommy was a role model for his children. He always took care of his family and took pride in teaching and guiding them. A loving ‘Papa’ to 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, he believed his family was one of his greatest blessings.

Tommy had a gentle spirit and was a humbling reminder of patience. It is heaven’s gain for our Lord to have called him home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial in Tommy’s name be given to

Christ Lutheran Church, 300 East Monroe St.,

Austin, TX 78704.

Services

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Patricia Fick

March 31, 2020

Dear Norma and family,
Tommy was such an amazing person, friend, musician, and Christian. He could fix anything, and his calm demeanor put everyone at ease! I was so blessed to know him through playing with the Oakwilt Boys! I cherish the times together, and I am so thankful for Norma, who would always come and support our gigs! May God grant you comfort and peace in this loss and may we all look forward to being together in the presence of our SAVIOR JESUS in the future. Love and prayers, Steve and Pat Fick

Eddie and Lynn Hutton

March 28, 2020

We were blessed to have Tommy and Norma for neighbors for several decades now. Truly the most giving people I've ever had the pleasure to call our friends. So many stated that he has such a Gentle Soul and those are the words that describe him best for us. We never saw him without a smile on his face and a kind word spoken by him. Our world has lost one of the best Souls put on this earth. He will be truly missed and our hearts are just breaking for his family, that he loved with his whole heart. A special peice of this world has been taken but for a better purpose I'm sure. The music he is making now is being shared by many who have waited for him to come home to be with his Lord.
Our prayers are all with you Norma during this heartbreaking transition in your life but knowing that your faith is strong and your family and friends will see you through.
God Bless you Norma, prayers be with you and the family!
We Love you very much!

Doug & Dar Courtney

March 28, 2020

We have only known Tommy for the past 2-3 years through our time together in the NUMC camping club. We shared our love of music together at every opportunity seeking each other out at our camping outings....sometimes to just sit around and jam together or provide the music agenda when asked, but no matter what it was that brought us together to play and sing, we had always enjoyed our time together and found it very fulfilling. We found Tommy to be one of the kindess, gentlest men we have ever known and our time together was cut short and we are going to miss him each and every time our chapters within the club, come together. Rest in Peace with the Lord, dear friend til we meet again!!! Have your banjo and guitar ready!!

ed reznicek

March 28, 2020

Trust that the Lord has bless you with the knowledge that Tommy is with his Lord and looking down on you, all of his family and friends.

He will be greatly miss by all

Love Lois & Ed

Stan Hogan

March 24, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the Nanye's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you..

Richard Dawson

March 24, 2020

I only met Tommy a couple of times, but heard many wonderful stories about him from Deborah. The first time Tommy and I met, we immediately hit it off as we are fellow guitar players. We talked and played music for hours until Janie stated that she would like to have her brother back please. It is rare to meet a person who is so kind and easy to get along with. I immediately loved Tommy and wished he lived closer to us so we could hang out more. I am so sorry that he is gone. The world was better with him in it. I will think of him fondly whenever I strum my guitar. I imagine he asked them if he could have a guitar instead of a harp when he got to Heaven. Rest in Peace Tommy

Deborah McDaniel

March 24, 2020

I have always been so fond of my Uncle Tommy. We came to visit about every other year to Texas when I was a child. Uncle Tommy was always a kind and generous spirit. In the years since I always made time to come visit when he and Norma came to visit Mom. He will be so missed from those of us here in California. I pray for the comfort and condolence of Norma, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I know he will be cherished in memory and missed every day.

Dale McClure

March 23, 2020

Dear Norma and family:
We have known Tommy and Norma through our camping clubs of Trinity Travelers and Heart of Texas. Tommy always had a smile on his face and willing to help with whatever was going on in the clubhouse. I am sure that he is now dancing and singing with The Lord and playing his guitar with all of the musicians that have passed on before. Norma, I know you miss Tommy very much, but the knowledge that he is no longer in pain and singing with Jesus, hopefully will give you some peace and comfort in the days ahead. With Love, Allan and Dale McClure

Arnold & Gloria Essler

March 23, 2020

We became close to Tommy & Norma thru Emmaus. Also we camped with Tommy & Norma once a month with our Methodist camping group. Tommy loved to play his guitar for our group & National Group. Tommy was such an inspiration to us both. His love for his Heavenly Father, his family & his Grandchidren. Tommy always their in anyone needed help on fixing anything & his instance smile just brighten your day. We will miss Tommy, but God needed another angel. I can see Tommy smiling & playing his beautiful music at the feet of our Jesus.
We love you Tommy and sending Norma our love & hugs!
Arnold & Gloria Essler

Natalie Skelton

March 23, 2020

Keith,
So sorry for the passing of your father. You mentioned him very fondly and his great mechanical skills. I pray for comfort for your family during this very difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY