OBITUARY

Thomas Dean Presnell

December 28, 1952September 26, 2020
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Thomas Dean “Tom” Presnell died peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Sinai Plaza Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in North Miami, FL at the age of 67.

Tom was born on December 28, 1952 in Erwin, Tennessee to the late Thomas Stanley Presnell and Margie Ruth Presnell (Moore). He graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1971. After graduating High School, Tom relocated to North Miami, FL with his mother Margie and younger brother Terry in the Fall of 1971. Tom married the love of his life, Noreen Stack, on April 30, 1976. Tom graduated from Florida International University in 1977 with a Degree in Engineering. Tom started his engineering career with Metro-Dade County Public Works in 1978. After a few years at the county, Tom landed his dream job with Southern Bell as the Engineering Area Manager in 1980. Tom remained with Southern Bell, now AT&T, for over 36 years retiring in 2016. Tom and Noreen welcomed 2 loving children, Annie and Thomas, along with raising their niece Laurel Lynn and nephew Ziga. Tom’s children remember him as a loving and dedicated father who encouraged them to pursue their dreams and taught them the importance of family.

Tom was an avid College Football fan. His favorite teams were the Tennessee Volunteers and the Miami Hurricanes. Tom enjoyed going to the UM games with his family, canoeing in the Everglades, bowling at Cloverleaf Bowling Alley, and was a beast in weightlifting in his younger years. He enjoyed collecting Blue Ridge pottery and antique memorabilia. Tom loved waking up early on Saturday mornings to get a jump start at the garage sales and swap shop. He was a kind and caring individual who loved his family and who was passionate about his “Famous Fudge.”

Tom is survived by his 4 children, Son, Thomas James Presnell, Vallejo, CA, Daughter, Honora Ann Presnell, Miami, FL, Niece, Laurel Lynn Presnell, North Miami, FL, Nephew, Ziga Carrasco, Special Cousins, Finetta Quillen,Sherell Presnell (Theresa), Jimmie Daniels (Lynn), Linda Calhoun (Leland), Sister in Laws, Nicole Roma (Joe), Carmen Stack, Brother in Laws Joseph Foligno (Kerri), Jim Foligno (Kim), Pat Foligno (Terri), Bob Kay, Special Friend, Jessica Jehnzen along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife, Honora Agnes “Noreen” Presnell, parents, Thomas Stanley Presnell and Margie Ruth Presnell, brothers James Pardee Presnell, Terry Lynn Presnell and sister Elma Jean Presnell.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Sunday October 25, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 2401 SW 64th Ave, Davie, FL. A second Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday October 27, 2020 with services starting at 3:00 pm at Erwin Bible Holiness Church 235 Okolona Dr., Erwin, TN, Reverend Kim Casey will be officiating the service. All are welcomed to attend and celebrate Tom’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the North Miami Senior Foundation at 620 NE 127th St, North Miami, FL 33161 or Erwin Bible Holiness Church at 235 Okolona Dr. Erwin, TN 37650. The family would like to thank caregiver Marie-Denise Louise for her dedication and taking such great care of Tom.

  • DONATIONS

  • North Miami Senior Foundation
  • Erwin Bible Holiness Church

Services

  • Memorial Gathering

    Sunday, October 25, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Betsy Josma-Ducheine

October 25, 2020

From my own personal experience, seeing Tom every morning get in his blue car in his uniform was part of my daily routine, watching him wash the car on regular schedule or walk Gator were just expected. When those things didn't happen on schedule I always would wonder whats up. It used to crack us up when ever Gator got away because he had a distinct shout for him and the phrase was always, "Gator!!? Get back here Gator!!" One of my favorite memories as a kid of Tom and a turning point for my siblings and I that brought us closer to him was a time when he helped us not get in trouble with our parents. My parents were both out of town and as such left their van home. One of my oldest brothers (maybe Steve?) was going to take the van out for a drive but it was parked on the side of our yard close to a patch of dirt. It was just our luck that this old unreliable van backed into that patch and could move. The more gas they pressed, the deeper the tires dug a hole into the dirt. Tom happened to come out I think and whether he helped us strategize or even push the van up with my brothers to get the van out the ditch it helped. That situation gave me so much anxiety (even though i was innocent and didn't do anything lol) but Tom came and saved the day and didn't even tell our parents. On behalf of the Josma/Ducheine/Augustin Family that has lived across the street from each other since summer of '96, our family sends condolences to yours. ♥♥♥♥

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

October 20, 2020

Forest Lawn South would like to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.

We wish you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Sincerely,
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South Staff

Lisa Morales

October 20, 2020

I will never ever forget you Uncle Tom... you and Margie and Noreen (And Annie) took care of all of my babies since birth and I trusted their lives in your hands with out a second thought! You guys were the place where all of the bulletline people brought their babies and it became without even thinking where all of our babies and babies babies came because we trusted no one else as much as you.. I remember once that I had to go somewhere overnight and without a second thought Noreen said I’ll keep Nicole and she stayed the weekend at your house. I remember Nicole was getting ready to start kindergarten and you videotaped the Margies Daycare graduation ❤️ Now that I think back about it so many generations of my families babies were cared for by you and your amazing family ❤️ My kids, my kids kids, sisters kids, cousins kids.... Tom thank you for being the most loving husband to Noreen, son to Margie and Dad to Annie, Thomas and Laurel and friend to all of us! We love you and know that you are finally reunited with Noreen in heaven and I can hear her say, it’s about time lol... We love you Annie, Thomas and Laurel and Jessica!!!

Alessandra Carrasco

October 14, 2020

I will miss him so much , so many of memories throughout my entire life are with Uncle Tom , filming everyone every holiday , making personal tres leche and fudge just so we can take some with us every time we saw him, him and Zigas secret conversations i swear every time Tom walked in the room Ziga lit up . Always there with kind words and nothing but an open heart a solid man who loved and provided for his family and was always there to help no matter what the situation was . Although this is so sad he gave it a good , long fight and he is finally at peace with his wife , his mother his siblings and i know he walked into heaven and Noreen was probably standing there like what took you so long ? He is up there feeling welcomed and loved i will always love and appreciate you Uncle Tom i know mamaw was so proud of you her kindness and love was instilled in you and that is so rare, the world is a little less bright without you in it . Thank you for being you and i hope you knew how much i loved and admired you for the man you were .

Lisa Lewis

October 12, 2020

I do not have many personal memories to share about Tommy. I have one very meaningful memory from February 2017. He called me at work to offer condolences on the loss of my oldest brother Steven. The Parkinson’s made the conversation taxing for him but he was determined to talk to me. I cannot tell you what it meant to me and my family. He informed me that Thomas would be at my brothers funeral, and gave me his phone number. He spoke of Thomas living here in Tennessee and working at the VA at Mountain Home. He was so very proud of him as was he proud of Annie and Laurel. He recalled memories of my Mother Marie, his first cousin. We talked about eating at Aunt Wilmas and both laughed as we recalled memories of my Grandma Emma. He called her Aunt Emmie. He remembered my Grandpa James and called him “Bee” it brought tears to my eyes because that is what Grandma called him .Everyone else to me that knew him by “Bee” were either long gone or I simply do not see them that often. That familiarity is all it takes to make that real family connection. I did not grow up with Tommy but we knew and loved the same people at different stages of our lives. Tommy is gone from this Earthly home but I like to think he is sitting on that fabled long bench I have heard about my whole life at Great Grandma Presnell’s kitchen table on Fairview. That would be the fairest view of Heaven ever to me seeing Tommy, Mom, Grandma, and all of them that have passed, together at a place they were so very loved.....

Tiffany Casabona

October 12, 2020

Sending my condolences 🙏🙏 Tom was such a loving and kind man. From cloverleaf to the daycare... he will be missed. Kiss noreen for me and the kids💔😢 Rest In Peace Tom

Marty Frye

October 3, 2020

Annie, Thomas, Laurel,
Words cannot express my heartache at the passing of Tom. I know he is not suffering anymore. I remember when Noreen met Tom. It was love at first sight! He was a kind, caring man who loved you 3 fiercely.

Linda Calhoun

October 2, 2020

Annie, Laurel, and Thomas,

Tommy was my younger cousin that I called my little brother. He was a very kind person to all he met. I remember when I lived with them while going to college and Tommy would always take up for me when James teased me. I always looked forward to seeing him when you all came up for the Apple Festival. It was so good to see you all in 2013 when I had business in Ft. Lauderdale I was so glad Tommy came to pick me up and meet you all for dinner.

I will try to attach the other picture here.

Love to all,
Linda and Leland

Lynne Magruder

September 30, 2020

Annie, so sorry to hear about your dad.
A kind man with a great sense of humor .my condolences.// Lynne Rose

Linda Calhoun

September 29, 2020

Annie, Laurel, and Thomas,

I sent a photo of Tommy sitting on a Piper Cub plane at Tri Cities airport. I will attach another one of Tommy, James, Margie, Aunt Wilma, and our grandmother, Della, beside another plane at TRI. Leland loves these photos since he is a pilot.

Love,
Linda and Leland

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