Thomas Christopher O'Neil

June 26, 1945April 24, 2019
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Music Was His Passion and His Family Was His Life...

Thomas Christopher O'Neil, age 73, passed away on Wednesday ~ April 24, 2019 at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Thomas loved to sing and record his music. He was a kind, generous and encouraging man. Thomas founded O'Neil paving company and remained active throughout his career. He loved antique and muscle cars. Thomas was an amateur photographer and was a former member of the Pearl of the West, Masonic Lodge in New Port Richey, Florida. He is going to be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Those left to cherish Thomas's memories and carry on his legacy are his daughter and son in law: Annie and Daniel Owens; two sons and daughter in law: Tom O'Neil, John and Skylar O'Neil all of York, South Carolina; five grandchildren: Alexis, Kaytlyn, John Robert, Christian and Brooklyn.

A Life Well Celebrated Ceremony will be held at 12:00 PM on Tuesday ~ April 30, 2019 in the Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, North Carolina with Reverend Randy Madsen delivering words of comfort and hope to Thomas's family and friends.

A private entombment will follow the service.

The family will receive guests from 11:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM prior to the service.

Thomas's family wishes to thank Barbara O'Neil, Pat Elliott and the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House for the kindness they have shown to their father.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732 in memory of Thomas.

Online condolences may be made on Thomas's guestbook at

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to be serving the family of Thomas O'Neil.


  • Annie Owens, Daughter
  • Daniel Owens, Son-in-law
  • Tom O'Neil, Son
  • Alexis O'Neil, Granddaughter
  • Kaytlyn O'Neil, Granddaughter
  • John Robert O'Neil, Grandson
  • John O'Neil, Son
  • Skylar O'Neil, Daughter-in-law
  • Christian O'Neil, Grandson
  • Brooklyn O'Neil, Granddaughter

  • In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732 in memory of Thomas.


  • Receiving of Guests Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Life Well Celebrated Ceremony Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Celebraton of Life Service Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Entombment and Committal Ceremony Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Thomas Christopher O'Neil

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Papa Crown and Mammy Currence

April 30, 2019

Jonnny and Tommy, your daddy was a very nice man who was always very kind to me, and I appreciated that. He’s going to be missed at his regular eateries, and by his friends and neighbors. Most of all by his children whom I will be praying for in this sad time. Gods blessings to you, and may the sting in your hearts subside soon and may your daddy rest well. Until you see him again, hold him in your heart !! All my love to you boys and family. God bless. Kathy and Steve

Pat Elliott

April 29, 2019

Tom was my love, my companion, my most precious man. We shared so many things in common and our hearts were very connected in many ways. Tom was a true Family man who loved his family to the utmost - one of the Many things I admired about him. My life has been truly blessed by having him love me and be a huge part of my life. I am eternally grateful that God sent Tom to love and care for me , as I did him. Goodnight my love, Pat

Krystal, Blake Gray/Nutter

April 28, 2019

We love you, our Tom, forever & ever, too much, more & more!! You were at every gig with Brenda and Blake and helped Blake get her job with the Rock & Roll Theater in Gatlinburg. Your support and encouragement were everything to Blake. We are so grateful to Brenda and your family for sharing you with us!! Smooches & hugs forever & ever, LOVE YOU. Blake and Krystal.. Fly high our forever friend, you will be missed and remembered by so many who will always love you!

Kristen Erb

April 26, 2019

I will always remember his kindness, he would do anything for anyone. Even if you had just met he made you feel like you had known each other for years. A true family man who loved his children and grandchildren more than anything

David & Carol Potts

April 26, 2019

Tom, Jody & Annie are very special to our family. We all met when Annie and our daughter got in the same class for the same year a couple years in a row and became best friends. Jody got sick and passed when Annie was in 2nd grade. I helped Tom with Annie while she was in school by bringing her home and helping her with school work, etc. Her & Crystal has remained friends throughout the years. The entire O'Neil family are wonderful people and very special to us. We LOVE you all and know that you are hurting, but know that he is with Jody and our AMAZING God!! He truly loved his family and will always be there with you!!
God Bless you all!!!

Heather Fonseca

April 26, 2019

Tom, John and Annie,
I am beyond sad to hear about your Dad. he was such a gentlemen, always in his blue jeans, western shirt and boots, I know he's in heaven singing with the Angels...He loved Karaoke. He taught us a lot when we were young, you all looked up to him so much. I remember when he would get mad. he would say well let me tell you something fella, lol I can still see it.... I loved his stories he would get to laughing at his stories i would laugh just seeing him chuckle... To Annie he worshiped the ground you walked on you were his little Girl.. And to the boys you were his everything you both were the best sons.... To Tommy Tucker rest in peace you were very loved,

Bobbie Medders - Mallory

April 26, 2019

I've known Tom (Conway) since I was a kid. I have so many fond memories of growing up into adult-hood with the O'neils and their boys. One of his CD's was always playing in the truck when we were on road trips. Tommy and John, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was always so good to us girls. He was a loved man. OH HOW HE SPARKLED, OH HOW HE SHINED! Wish I could be there with you during your hard time.


Brenda (Franklin) Davis

April 25, 2019

Tom & John , Your dad was my best friend. We did many music shows together. We both loved to sing. And yes we would do recordings and I would make lots of CD’s for him to give away. He was always there for me in many ways. He could confide in me as I could to him . We had a special bond of friendship one I will never find again. He was family to me. I know how much he loved you all. He would talk about his family a lot and always had pictures to show me. I know how you are grieving as I lost my mom in January. Take comfort that he is singing in heaven one of his favorite songs Precious Lord. He would always close a show with that song. I am so sorry that you lost your dad. I wish I could say or do something for you that would ease your pain except to say how proud and how much he loved you all. He will always be with you. God Bless you all today and all the days to come. If I can help or do anything for you I will be happy to do anything at all. I will miss my best friend forever. He was a good and kind man. My condolences to all.