Tommy A. Vanley
January 23, 1943 – February 4, 2020
Tommy Vanley was 77 years old born on January 23, 1942 and passed on February 4th 2020 surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Mesa Arizona to Caroline and Willie Bill Vanley. Tommy served in the National Guard for 2 years where he then became a local truck driver where he later retired after 20+ years. When he was younger Tommy loved fishing, gardening, jogging, walking trails, and traveling. Once he retired Tommy loved to exercise, watch westerns on TV and spend time with his grandchildren. He was a proud member of Southwest Church of Christ where he served as a deacon for many years. He enjoyed attending bible study and living his faith through action by helping the less fortunate and giving to charities. His favorite bible verse was Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Tommy was preceded in death by his father Willie Bill Vanley, mother Caroline Vanley and his older brother Willie C. Vanley.
He was married to the love of his life Virginia Vanley who survives him. Tommy also is survived by his two sons Devin and David Vanley, survived by his daughter Deborah Vanley. He has two granddaughters Brittany Anders, and Sydney Pitre, and two great grandsons Brayden Brock and Timothy Santa Cruz. Three brothers Huey Vanley and his wife Mae Willard Vanley and his wife Sue, Wayne Vanley and his wife Brenda of Texas. He has two sisters Ollie Perkins of Texas, and MaryAnn Gary of California. As well as a host cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
POEM OR SCRIPTURE
I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears, but be thankful we had so many good years. I gave you my love, and you can only guess how much you’ve given me in happiness. I thank you for the love that you have always shown, but now it is time I traveled on alone. So, grieve for me a while, if grieve you must then let your grief be comforted by trust that it is only for a while that we must part. So, treasure the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away for life goes on, and if you need me call and I will come. Though you can’t see or touch me I will be near, and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear all my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you come this way alone, I will greet with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.
SCRIPTURES Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted Isaiah 41:10 “ Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand