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Thomas "Tom" Flanagan

May 18, 1968October 11, 2020
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Thomas Clark Flanagan, age 52, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Tom attended Memphis University School and later graduated from the University of Memphis as a civil engineer. He was a land surveyor for many years as well. Tom was currently the Deputy Town Engineer for the Town of Collierville, TN.

In 1988, Tom enlisted in the United States Army. He loved his country and all of the countless men and women with whom he had the honor to serve. During 2004 and 2005, Tom was deployed to Iraq as a part of the Apache Bomb Hunters. He was awarded the Bronze Star among other numerous awards. Tom retired in 2013 as a First Sergeant and remained in the retired reserve.

Tom was a member of Second Presbyterian in Memphis, TN. He loved LSU football (Geaux Tigers), history, "his Army guys", his pets, bacon, cooking and grilling, and his family.

Tom is survived by his wife, Tara Underwood Flanagan of Southaven, MS; daughter Branigan Flanagan of Southaven, MS; brothers Barry Flanagan of Memphis, TN, Bill Flanagan of Memphis, TN, John Flanagan of Healdsburg, CA; sisters Kathleen (Cal) Engstrom of Atlanta, GA, Deirdre (Mark) Flanagan of San Pedro, CA, Patricia Rippe of Denver, CO; several nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James and Walterine Flanagan; brother Ed Flanagan; sister Maura Halverson.

Family and friends will gather at Memphis Funeral Home on Thursday, October 15 from six o'clock until nine o'clock in the evening to share stories, memories and some of Tom's favorite dishes! Burial with military honors will be at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene Road, Memphis, TN 38125 on Thursday, October 22 beginning at nine-thirty in the morning.

Online condolences, floral offerings and directions may be found through www.memphisfuneralpoplar.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Tara Underwood Flanagan, Wife
  • Branigan Flanagan, Daughter
  • Barry Flanagan, Brother
  • Bill Flanagan, Brother
  • John Flanagan, Brother
  • Kathleen (Cal) Engstrom, Sister
  • Deirdre (Mark) Flanagan, Sister
  • Patricia Rippe, Sister
  • He also leaves several nieces and nephews and their families.


    He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James and Walterine Flanagan; brother Ed Flanagan; sister Maura Halverson.

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Services

22 October

Graveside Service

9:30 am

West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

4000 Forest Hill Irene Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38125

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  • Family and Friends Will Gather

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Thomas "Tom" Flanagan

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kent Mckelvey

October 16, 2020

I knew Tom from MUS '87. Clever and funny. Subtle funny...which is the best. I know he is missed.

Sorry for your loss. So sorry.

Kelly O'Gara

October 16, 2020

I served alongside him in Iraq with 467th Engineer Battalion. He always knew how to make a bad situation better. He helped me through that deployment. He will be missed and my most heartfelt condolences for his family!

L. Dawn Weir

October 16, 2020

Tom loved work shenanigans especially when he knew it would get a good laugh like the day Dale got to meet Jimmy Smits. Flanagan couldn’t help himself teasing Dale for his photo-op and autograph excitement...you can see the humor captured in Steven’s smile (we were all laughing). We will forever miss your dry sense of humor and quick tongue teasing.

Tom and Barb Lucas

October 15, 2020

It was an honor to serve with Tom Flanagan in Iraq. His wisdom and sense of humor made a stressful deployment more bearable. He could cut the tension of a heated situation with a comment or gesture as only he could deliver. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Tom & Barb Lucas

Carlton Gillard

October 14, 2020

I served with 1SG Flanagan, not only in the 467th Engineer but with him when he joined the 100th Division. His heart was always with the 467th Engineer so, when they were scheduled to go to Iraq, he wanted to be with them , mission accomplished. Thanks for being a friend.
Rest In Peace

Tripp Wilson

October 13, 2020

As a middle-schooler, I first encountered Tom's sharp wit; as a high-schooler, I came to know him as a friend; and, as an adult, I came to admire his steadfast sense of loyalty, duty, and service. Here is one of many memories: He volunteered to help me pull up the carpet in my first house, and it was rolled-up and on the curb before I figured out how to start. A small anecdote, but illustrative of the fact that Tom gladly helped others and got the job done, always. God bless and comfort Tom's family in their grief.

Lotten Walsh

October 13, 2020

Ken and I are so saddened to hear of Tom's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. The Flanagan clan will always have a special place in our hearts. May the Lord give you peace!

Winston Brooks

October 12, 2020

I know he will be missed.

Jon Neal

October 12, 2020

I have no memories from grade school through high school without Tom in them. Whether it was on trips with Second Pres, retreats, games, double dating, or just hanging out. My heart breaks at his loss. Thoughts and prayers are what I send you, but my love to your entire family during this time is what I send the most. I will miss him dearly.

Gilberto Padilla

October 12, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss I had the honor of serving with Thomas with the 467 Engr Bn. My prayers go out to his family. God bless you all

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