Thomas L. Cloninger Sr.

May 20, 1935February 16, 2021
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Thomas Lee Cloninger, 85, Sherwood, passed away February 16, 2021 at Hospice Comfort Center, Little Rock, AR. He was an active and faithful member of the Somers Avenue Church of Christ. What was most important to him was his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his love for his wife Barbara of 64 years, his love for his family, and his love for others. The mutual love and marriage between Tom and Barbara was an amazing example for all to witness. They were newlyweds… and never got over it!

Tom was proud to be an American citizen and served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from England High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State, and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. His career was in the food industry with Seabrook Foods and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

He enjoyed reading all kinds of books and gardening (especially flowers). He had a gift for writing poetry and loved singing and playing folk music. He played the guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, and the upright bass. He was an enthusiastic member of the Rackensack Folklore Society where he enjoyed playing music with his friends, including his friends at the Sherwood Senior Citizens Center. He never met a “jam session” that he did not like!

He was an active lifelong student of the Bible, God’s Word, and he had a great love for people and wanted everyone to come to know Jesus Christ. He helped plant a church in Vineland, NJ and served as an elder for the church in Pitman, NJ and then again for the church in Clovis, CA.

After his retirement from the Dept of Agriculture, he accelerated his efforts to teach people the love of God and His Word by serving as a volunteer study helper and teacher with World Bible School spending many hours studying the Bible on-line with students across the U.S., as well as many foreign countries. He never mentioned it to anyone, but he personally studied with nearly 1000 students.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Taylor) Cloninger of 64 years, Sons, Thomas Lee Cloninger, Jr. (Susan) Maumelle, and Timothy James Cloninger of Cabot. Grandchildren: Bevin (Arthur) Green, Megan (Hayden) Cruce, Taylor (Jared) Brown, Ryan (Cara) Cloninger, Madison (Clay) Hoffmann. Great grandchildren: Cade Green, Arthur Thomas Green, Emory Cloninger, Jace Cruce, Kian Green, Isaac Cloninger, Sadie Cruce, Eleanor Cloninger, and Eisley Hoffmann, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Siblings: Bobby Cloninger of England, Patsy Cloninger Hogan of Carlisle, Kenny Cloninger (Carla) of Lonoke, Sisters-in-love: Melna Eddleman (William), and Cindy Taylor.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Gordon and Gladys (Fowler) Cloninger, siblings: Mary Bell Cloninger, Dorothy Robinson, Aubrey Cloninger, Christine Dorrell, brother-in-love Lynn Taylor, and daughter-in-love Cynthia Cloninger.

Tom Cloninger’s life was one that was well lived. He treated everyone with respect, courtesy, and kindness. He tried to treat everyone like Jesus. “Well done good and faithful servant.”

Visitation/Memories Slide Show Services will be held 11:30am at the Levy Church of Christ, 5124 Camp Robinson Rd, North Little Rock, AR 72118, on February 27, 2021, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 12:30pm. The services will also be live streamed at . Burial will follow in Rest Hills Cemetery, North Little Rock, AR. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to: for on-line giving at: .

Due to Covid 19, masks and social distancing will be required. Please sign the online guest register at


  • Gordon Cloninger, Father (deceased)
  • Gladys Fowler Cloninger, Mother (deceased)
  • Mary Bell Cloninger, Sister (deceased)
  • Dorothy Robinson, Sister (deceased)
  • Aubrey Cloninger, Sister (deceased)
  • Christine Dorrell, Sister (deceased)
  • Lynn Taylor, Brother-in-love (deceased)
  • Cynthia Cloninger, Daughter-in-love (deceased)
  • Barbara Taylor Cloninger, Wife of 64 years
  • Thomas Lee Cloninger, Jr. (Susan Cloninger), Son
  • Timothy James Cloninger, Son
  • Bevin Green (Arthur Green), Grandaughter
  • Megan Cruce (Hayden Cruce), Granddaughter
  • Taylor Brown (Jared Brown), Grandaughter
  • Ryan Cloninger (Cara), Grandson
  • Madison Hoffmann (Clay Hoffmann), Grandaughter
  • Cade Green, Great Grandchild
  • Arthur Thomas Green, Great Grandchild
  • Emory Cloninger, Great Grandchild
  • Jade Cruce, Great Grandchild
  • Kian Green, Great Grandchild
  • Isaac Cloninger, Great Grandchild
  • Sadie Cruce, Great Grandchild
  • Eleanor Cloninger, Great Grandchild
  • Eisley Hoffmann, Great Grandchild
  • Bobby Cloninger, Brother
  • Patsy Cloninger Hogan, Sister
  • Kenny Cloninger (Carla Cloninger), Brother
  • Melna Eddleman (William Eddleman), Sister-in-love
  • Cindy Taylor, Sister-in-love
  • Mr. Cloninger also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  • Ryan Cloninger, Pallbearer
  • Jared Brown, Pallbearer
  • Clay Hoffmann, Pallbearer
  • Arthur Green, Pallbearer
  • Cade Green, Pallbearer
  • Hayden Cruce, Pallbearer


27 February


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Levy Church of Christ

5124 Camp Robinson Rd.
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116

27 February

Celebration of Life Service

12:30 pm

Levy Church of Christ

5124 Camp Robinson Rd.
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116


Thomas L. Cloninger Sr.

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Herman Alexander

February 26, 2021

Our condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and the rest of the family. I regret that I did not get to know Tom as well as I wish that I could have. We were basically the same age, but always in different areas of the country. I can rejoice in his family and influence for the Lord as the wonderful legacy that he leaves. I shall forever be grateful for the kindness and acceptance that he always showed to my mother during her years in the Taylor family. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

Jeanette Light

February 25, 2021

I am so sorry that Tom has passed away. He and Barbara are my neighbors and used to go to Sherwood Rec to walk. He had such beautiful flowers and garden. It makes me sad to pass by knowing how much he loved digging in the dirt.😊. We saw each other on Tuesday mornings very early for seniors only hr at the groc store.😊. I miss seeing them. I forgot about England! Two people I knew knew Barbara’s brother. Mr. Cloninger was such a nice man and will be very missed. I am glad he and Barbara had so many happy yrs together. I sure will miss him.

Linda Lancaster

February 24, 2021

Aunt Barbara I am heartbroken at the loss of Uncle Tom he was a wonderful man and a true Christian he will be greatly missed. I love you and my cousins very much am sending my condolences and prayers. God Bless!

Anne Holeman

February 23, 2021

Barbara and family:: very sorry to learn of Tom's passing. Sending my deepest sympathy to you. Prayers for your comfort.
Anne Holeman


February 23, 2021

sending my love to all the family my uncle is a wonderful person. love his faith love and careing . sending love to aunt barbara and family my heary will be with you all

Katie Gibbins-Whitfield

February 23, 2021

Precious Barbara and family, I loved Tom and Barbara so much, always a smile, a kind word, a sweet greeting. Always asked about my precious Syd, he would say how’s my girl? He and Barbara prayed for Syd daily. He loved my little song leader and always asks about him! Just a sweet, precious soul I will miss but I know he is in the arms of our Lord and I’m thankful for that. He was always a comfort to others and now I pray for comfort for Barbara and the family.
Elwood and Katie Gibbins Whitfield.

Ruth Busby

February 22, 2021

Tom was a wonderful teacher for WBS and he was such a wonderful Christian example to us all!
Barbara I wish for you and your family blessings and comfort!
You have a blessed assurance of where Tom -resting in the arms of God!