Thomas O. Tavenner
January 31, 1931 – May 14, 2020
Thomas O Tavenner, 89, of Kissimmee, FL passed away May 14, 2020. Thomas was born in Rossville, IL to the late Albert and Ada Tavenner on January 31, 1931. After high school, he proudly served in the United States Navy. He met his late wife, Beatrice, on a train travelling from Illinois to Florida. Thomas moved to Florida in the 50’s and settled in Kissimmee in the 60s. He worked as the lead mechanic for the Partin’s Heart Bar Ranch for over 20 years and later was a supervisor for Florida State Water Management until he retired. When he wasn’t working, Thomas loved to spend his time restoring tractors and going hunting.
Additionally to his parents and wife, Thomas is predeceased by his brother, Robert. He is survived by his daughter, Eva (Tom) Nelson; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews and his close friend, Dorothy “Dotty” Cochran.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local food bank or an organization of the donor’s choice in Thomas’ name.
Thomas O. Tavenner
May 18, 2020
Man Tom was a heck of a fellow he took care of all the old wore out & abused tractors Grandaddy Geech & Great uncles Slim, Doc & Uncle Earl Limped over there to the shop . He always had a chew of tobacco on him he didn’t mind sharing lol. & he put up with all of us grandchildren running around the shop . I’ll never forget his genuine smile & his laugh. He took care of the Heart Bar ranch equipment tractors trucks trailers you name it . I don’t believe no one could have kept it all going like Tom could he was a heck of a Mechanically minded man. On the flip side ,No one could wipe out a piece of equipment like some of us there on the ranch, ie. me for sure. Just a heck of a Good man,Tom was. I’ll never forget many a time as a young teenager I’d take him some wore out broken down tractor and rig.
He’ would laugh and say “boy we buy you books and send you to school and you eat the books.”
He was a prankster and he enjoyed life and made it more enjoyable for those around him.
All of my condolences go out to the family y’all sure lost a good one.
. I will never forget the sunny days of long ago ,Learning and laughing with Tom.
God bless His family. Rest In Peace ole pard , Time sure has flown.
May 17, 2020
Tom being a member of our Greatest Generation was not lost on Tom. Tom was a giver, a builder and a positive example who will not be forgotten by anyone whoever knew him. We're sorry for your loss and we are proud to have had an opportunity to spend some time with Tom. Love from Steve and Maria Miller ❤.
May 16, 2020
I remember visiting Uncle Tom when I was teen. I was in awe of the place he lived, in a cow pasture, surrounded by orchards and swamps. I remember dad and Uncle Tom telling stories about all the “Rube Goldberg” inventions they made.
When I was in the Navy, we ported at Cape Canaveral, so I took a taxi from there to Kissimmee to spend time with him. We really didn’t know each other then, so he greeted me with a “You look like a Tavenner” and then his slow gentle laugh. The next two days I followed him around as he did his daily routine. He taught me how to eat Grits and how to take siestas (as a northerner that is a special talent). I enjoyed every minute of being around him.
May 15, 2020
May God comfort the friends and family of Thomas O Tavenner on his passing this week. He was a great friend, a great mechanic , a member of the greatest generation as a navy veteran, a brother Mason of orange Blossom Lodge and one of the hardest working person I ever had the pleasure of knowing. We will miss him but will never forget the good work he did for us. Jeffords D. Miller