OBITUARY

Thomas Walter Quattlebaum Jr.

March 23, 1942January 16, 2019
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COLUMBIA - Thomas Walter Quattlebaum, Jr., 76, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. A native of Columbia, he was the son of the late Thomas Walter Quattlebaum, Sr. and Mabel Hunt Quattlebaum. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church with burial in the church memorial gardens. Visitation will follow the service at the church. Tom was truly a people person. He took pride in telling people, “God put me on Earth to make others laugh and smile.” He tried to bring joy and laughter into the hearts of all he met. Tom was never too busy to help a friend or even a total stranger. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS and MBA. He was formerly employed by the Farm Credit Banks of Columbia (AGI First) and founded Soccer Plus of Columbia. Tom was always active in helping others. He was the founding father of the Northeast Soccer Association and coached soccer for 15 years. He started the first under six-year-old program with 23 kids on the team. He was a former board member of the Columbia YMCA, Contact Help (Helpline) and Palmetto Place. Tom was Governor for the South Carolina District of Optimist International in 1971. He was a lifelong member of Optimist International and was a Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. He was also a volunteer for the South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross. Surviving are his beloved wife and best friend, Marilyn Erwin Quattlebaum; sons, Patrick Todd Quattlebaum and wife Katie of Atlanta, GA and Thomas Jason Quattlebaum of Columbia; daughters, Kristen Leigh Quattlebaum of Atlanta, GA and Kelli Quattlebaum Hankins and husband Josh of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Ansley and Addison Hankins; sister, Annette Novovic and her husband Mile; and niece, Victoria Robinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC 29229. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 20, 2019
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Thomas Walter Quattlebaum Jr.

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Al and Marianne Hethcox

January 21, 2019

Dear Marilyn, Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures of Tom, especially the one with him smiling, We can almost hear him laughing out load.. That is the way we will always remember him. With thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Al, Marianne Thomas and Patrick

John Katzbeck

January 21, 2019

Tom and I met shortly after the formation of the Northeast Columbia Soccer Association. Tom was a great friend, confidant and advisor. He helped me cope with my late wife's medical issues and I will be forever grateful for his support during that time. Besides being a great person, he was an extremely competent soccer referee. So good, in fact, that I never had cause to disagree with any call that he made during games in which the teams that I coached played.

I wish peace and comfort to those whom he left behind. I will miss Tom.

Good bye old friend - till we meet again.

Laurie Siddall

January 21, 2019

Tom was the first person we met when we arrived in Columbia and we have loved him since that first moment.
He, along with his wonderful family, made us feel like family when we didn’t have any family around us.
We shared many laughs and conversations.
He shared his love with us all.
He was our dearest friend and although we will miss him always, he lived his life knowing he will one day be greeted by God’s loving arms.
Tom, we thank you for your friendship and love.

Kim Potts

January 20, 2019

My heart is full of warm memories and sadness. I will not be able to attend the services today but send prayers for peace and comfort to Tom’s dear family and many many friends. Rest easy, my friend. You will live on within me and we shall do lunch!
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Gordon Titcomb

January 19, 2019

Sadly, we are not prepared to send these condolences so soon for Tom, a guy who had so much energy for life and greatly enjoyed beach time spent with family and friends at their vacation home in ocean drive. Our chance meeting as neighbors led to a friendship and morning breakfasts shared together on occasions. Our North Myrtle Beach visits will be sadly altered without his smiling face! Our deepest sympathy to Marilyn and the entire family as Tom rests in his heavenly home. His pain and suffering is over. God bless his soul, Gordie and Carol.

Chanel Wallace

January 18, 2019

I met Tom Quattlebaum several years ago while working with Marilyn. He was a joyful and kind man who referred to the ladies in our small office as 'his girls'. He baked us treats often always making us smile....I know we all gained a few pounds. He will be missed by his friends and family. Rest in peace.

Dennis & Melissa Vial

January 18, 2019

It is so hard to believe that it has been 17 years since we were first blessed by meeting Tom, affectionately known to us a 'QB'. There are some people that you meet, that you instantly form a bond with, and QB was one of those people for us. He treated Dennis, Dean, Ava and me like part of his wonderful family and helped make us feel so welcome in Columbia. He always brought a smile to our faces, joy to our hearts , and had such a special way about him that we loved so dearly. We will carry a part of him with us always, and South Carolina will never be the same without him. We are all giving you some sugar, QB. XOXO love you guys.

Braden Wallace

January 18, 2019

To those not better knowing of Tom he may have seemed irascible....just a charade to be sure! To those of us honored to know him personally , we realized it was a show based upon his deep an abiding care for everyone and thing that should be right and just for EVERYONE. To those he sought to help, he gave willingly, loved and cared deeply,and gave of himself without bounds. Marilyn, Patrick, Thomas, Kristen and Kelli, we are lucky to have known Tom for many, many years and we shall cherish each and every memory the “grumpy teddy bear” has instilled in our hearts..thank you for sharing him. All our love and prayers..Braden, Carol, Bret and Anya Wallace

Barbara and Joe Savage

January 18, 2019

We have known Tom and his children for 39 years. He has been such a blessing in the lives of so many young people . Every where he was there was laughter and joy. His wit and joking will be greatly missed. We are so thankful though, that he is now at peace with the Lord and no longer suffering. Rest In Peace good friend.

Lynn Thomas

January 18, 2019

Thinking of all the hugs and kisses on the cheeks that Tom gave every time we saw each other. He was such a fun loving man and I truly enjoyed all the field trips at Bookman Elem with him & working with him on activities around the school. Tom was courageous, strong, kept the faith, and fought a good fight. I will truly miss all his encouraging Facebook posts and of course, the pictures. He had a beautiful kind spirit that will be remembered by many. To the family, I pray that God grant you peace, comfort, and strength during this time, because He will wipe away every tear & bring you joy. And to remember, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. His joyful spirit will be in your hearts forever.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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