OBITUARY

William Thomas Quinn, Jr.

February 15, 1933April 2, 2018
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William Thomas Quinn, Junior passed away on Monday April 2 at Chi St. Luke’s Health, The Woodlands Hospital. He was 85. Tom was born February 15, 1933 in Texarkana, Texas, and graduated from Victoria High School in 1951 and attended Baylor University. He married Lois Anderson on July 1,1955 and began serving his country in the United States Army shortly thereafter. Tom’s pride and joy was his family. His friends knew him as Tom, but his five children, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren fondly called him Daddy Tom. For 46 years, he was a fixture at First Baptist Church Conroe as a faithful member, a deacon and chairman of the deacons, a Sunday school teacher, director, and most recently, an assistant in the ESL program. Tom’s favorite day of the week was Sunday. The time he spent at his church fueled his unstoppable energy to spread the word of Christ, through his actions and his words. Tom was a proud Kiwanian for more than 25 years where he was named Kiwanian of the Year as well as served as the club president. He loved chairing the Special Olympics Committee, and was first to arrive and last to leave the event every year. His passion for young people was shown by the many loving hours he invested in The Woodlands Kiwanis Club Scholarship fund. He wanted to open doors and provide eager young students an opportunity to further their education. Tom’s Celebration of Life service will be held on his favorite day of the week, Sunday April 8 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church located at 600 North Main St, Conroe, Texas, 77301. There will be a reception in Herrington Hall at FBC Conroe immediately following the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas Quinn, Sr. and Annie Tucker Quinn; his sister, Marjorie Green and brother-in-law Leo Green; and his son Stephen Anderson Quinn. Staying behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Lois Quinn; three daughters, his son and their spouses; Brenda and Dwaine Wyman, Kay and Don Trammell, Lisa and Russ Roberts, and Greg and Carrie Quinn. His grandchildren and great grandchildren include, Bryan Anderson, Brittany Wyman and son Gage; Ryan Trammell, wife Elsa and son Rudder; Adrienne Congdon and husband Michael; Karson, Korey, Mason and Lyndsey Roberts; and Jake and Dalton Quinn. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to The Woodlands Kiwanis Club Scholarship Fund P. O. Box 8841, The Woodlands, TX 77387. www.woodlandskiwanis.com/contact-information/. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Quinn family by signing the guest book.

Services

  • Celebration of life Sunday, April 8, 2018
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William Thomas Quinn, Jr.

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Carole ( Henderson) Roades

April 9, 2018

We are all so blessed to have known Tom. My love and prayers are with your family.
Love,
Carole

Stacy Hunt

April 7, 2018

Quinn Family-
Almost all of my own kid’s childhood memories have Daddy Tom in them. They considered him and Mama Lois as extra grandparents because they cheered just as loud for Big D at Little League games, flag football, choir concerts, Christmas plays and everything in between as they did for their own. He was an example of steadfast love for my family and everyone he encountered and his place will always be held dear in our hearts. We love y’all so much- and we are praying for strength as you figure out how to do life in this new landscape, and know we will always be there for whatever you need, whenever you need it. And LG says to hug Mama Lois for her and make it a great big one!

Greg, Stacy, Dalton and Lainey Hunt

Bill & Brenda Smith

April 7, 2018

Brenda & Dwayne, we are so terribly sorry about your loss, about the huge hole it leaves in your lives. Love you both so much.

Julie Miller

April 7, 2018

Daddy Tom was like a second father to me growing up because Kay and I were best friends. Tom had the kindest eyes and warmest smile (really sometimes a grin) and made me feel like I was part of his family. The love of God just poured out of him and I feel blessed to have known him. We could say, ‘All who knew him loved him’ and it would not be a lie. Love to all the Quinn family. I wish I could be there tomorrow celebrating Daddy Tom’s life.

Wendy King Oshiro

April 7, 2018

I had the honor of working with Tom for a few years back in the 1990's. He was the kindest man I ever worked with. His love of family and faith was evident each and everyday. My father used to say, you can tell how a person lives his life by how he greets people. Tom always greeted me with a smile no matter what was going on at the office. He lived his life to the fullest and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends.

Jessica Corona

April 6, 2018

The first time I met Daddy Tom was in my early 20s at Brittany Wymans house. He immediately gave me a hug and a huge loving smile, which I thought was so amazing because I was, at the time, just a stranger to him. But he never once made me feel like that. He welcomed me into his family and heart automatically. And everytime thereafter when I would visit Brittanys house, and Mama Lois and Daddy Tom would stop by, there he'd be, greeting me with that big kind smile, genuinely wanting to know how I've been. I will forever consider myself blessed for getting the chance to get to know him. Thank you so much for bringing so much light, love and joy to my best friend and her whole family for so long and even for years to come, as we all will continue to celebrate your life and memory

David Waldrup

April 6, 2018

The Waldrup family wants the Quinn Family to know that we are thinking of you and praying for you during this time of change. My siblings and I have many, many great memories of times with Tom and your family. They range from trips to a cabin on the Buffalo River in Arkansas to the World's Fair in San Antonio (with many trips in between) . Hearing Tom and Lois play 42 with Ann and Arlen and talk, eat and laugh. Tom was a great man and we have many fond memories of him. We have the assurance of seeing him again so remember the great times from the past and look forward to the future. We love you.

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Biography

William Thomas Quinn, Jr. was a humble and clear-minded man. Tom’s core values were based upon a deep faith in Jesus Christ and he built his life on the foundation of spiritual principles he believed. Tom developed a unique trust within his family, between work colleagues, and numerous friendships with church members and community servants. This trust was easily built due to his work ethic, integrity, dependability and genuine eagerness to serve.
Tom was a kind man that earned the respect of all who knew him. Tom’s intentionality in his friendships included a divine attentiveness. When you talked with Tom, you knew you had his full attention. He seldom talked about himself and enjoyed hearing about friend’s goals and challenges. And, if help was needed, friends knew Tom would be there to assist.

His parents were William Thomas, Sr. and Annie Humphrey Quinn. Tom was raised to be an independent thinker, dependable, and a team player. The kindness Tom exhibited in his life started at home where respect for God and Country was stressed. It’s no surprise that Tom followed in his parent’s footsteps in many ways, professionally and personally. William Sr. was civic minded active in his church and worked for many years in the office products industry, as did Tom. Annie loved music and sports. Tom enjoyed being a member of the marching bands in High School and College. And, Tom seldom missed his favorite sporting events as he enjoyed keeping up with his teams. His sister, Margorie, also continued her Mother’s musical acumen mastering both piano and choral expressions.

Growing up in the Quinn household, Tom learned a work ethic even at an early age. His commitment to his paper route developed skills he used his entire life. William Sr. later stressed that he never had to help Tom complete his duties. His customers depended on him and the newspaper was the most important conveyance of “news” in those days. Tom enjoyed the hard work, deadlines, and was satisfied in completing his responsibilities.
As a child, Tom wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. He was a Boy Scout and active in his church. In his spare time, he liked to fish, play baseball and basketball, and music.

He graduated from Victoria High School in 1951. His favorite subject was Math. Tom had an analytical mind and enjoyed arithmetic and anything with numbers. With his leadership skills, it was no surprise he was elected as the drum major for the marching band. Graduating high in his class, Tom is remembered by his surviving classmates as a serious-minded guy who had a fabulous smile and loved to have fun, too.
After a semester at Victoria College, Tom transferred to Baylor University in Waco. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. His favorite courses were accounting and math. His favorite professor was Walstein Smith Jr. But, his favorite Baylor memories included any activity he could share with the love of his life, Elba Lois, also from Victoria.
Tom was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Billy Gilbert, Billy Nichols, and Glen Owens. Later in life, he befriended Wes Smith of Shenandoah and considered him his own brother. Wes reports the feeling was mutual. Tom also developed numerous friendships amongst the Kiwanis-Woodlands, and FBC-Conroe friends, Tom Ribble and Bud McGuire. Though, the friendships at his church are too numerous to count. Staff members, committee chairs, and laypeople depended on Tom’s wisdom and deep spiritual maturity. Tom was known to simply stop by the church offices and demonstrate support and provide encouragement to staff ministers stirred by his commitment to their success and his commitment in following the Jesus Way.

Tom took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Lois and served her and their family teaching sacrificial love and unswerving commitment. The marital example of Tom and Lois Quinn are rich and worthy of examination. Always marked with kindness and dedication, Tom worked tirelessly to provide for his family, materially and otherwise.

He was a good parent to four children, Brenda, Katherine, Lisa and Greg. His children say he was firm yet fair in his dealings with them. Greg said that “whatever my Dad said would happen, did!” He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, especially when it was a challenging situation. Tom encouraged his children to marry Godly spouses that would also embrace the Jesus Way and raise their own children accordingly. Tom and Lois considered it a blessing to have ten grandchildren; Bryan, Ryan, Brittany, Adrienne, Karson, Korey, Mason, Jake, Lyndsey, and Dalton. He developed a relationship with each of them seldom missing any of their important activities. Many times, Tom filled in to support parental duties and considered it joy.

Tom was a hard worker and let this ethic lead by example. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments. He was an efficient worker and paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was in the office products industry where he served in many capacities from Operations, Management and Sales. He loved taking care of his customers and truly loved working with his co-workers. Tom respected his peers and enjoyed building teams. He developed life-long relationships in the industry and many stories of his honesty and integrity in his business dealings survive to this day. It’s no surprise he remains highly respected in the Industry he served for over 53 years.

It seemed that Tom was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. This skill served him well with his work with the Special Olympics. Throughout his later years, Tom was an active member of the Jaycees of America, Kiwanis and a member and deacon at First Baptist Conroe for over 46 years. At FBC, Tom served on numerous committees and chaired many.
After college, Tom was stationed in Germany in the 95th Engineer Battalion. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of specialist 3. He received high marks in his job performance, including multiple Good conduct medals. His results-oriented approach created a winning reputation. Tom believed it was an honor to serve his country. Karson Roberts, a grandson that graduated from the Academy, honored Tom and surviving family with an unforgettable military tradition at his final rest.

Tom had many hobbies and his free-time included teaching ESL and working tirelessly with the Special Olympics. Well read, Tom started his day reading the newspaper from front to back. He loved to study the bible and usually had several non-fiction and autobiographies close by. But, his favorite hobbies were activities with his family and he loved to play 42, dominoes, and other games surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Favorite vacations included Cape Cod, Alaska, Canada, Washington D.C., Colorado, Annapolis, and any trip with his beloved, Lois. And, as a teenager, a trip to work on an Apple farm in the Northwest is reported to have turned more into vacation than profits.

William Thomas Quinn, Jr. passed away on April 2, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital, The Woodlands, Texas. Services were held at First Baptist Conroe, Texas. At Tom’s Celebration of Life Service, his son delivered an inspiring and challenging homily. Numerous grandchildren spoke and sang of a life well lived. It was.