OBITUARY

Thomas "Tom" L. Yancey

July 26, 1955April 8, 2021
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In loving memory of Thomas Lenord Yancey, (aka Tom/Tommy/Thomas) born July 26, 1955, in Harrisburg, Arkansas to Clarence Lavelle Yancey and Virginia Lee Banks Yancey. He passed away on April 8th at home in Marina, California. Tom grew up in Harrisburg, Arkansas and joined the U.S. Navy in 1974 where he served eight years as a hospital corpsman and was stationed in Millington, Tennessee; Okinawa, Japan; and Coronado Island, San Diego, CA. Tom worked 34 years at AllSafe Security Systems in Salinas, California. Tom was happily involved with St Jude’s Parish in Marina, CA, as well as with the Knights of Columbus Marina Council. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Anthony Yancey, David Yancey, Clarence (Butch) Yancey, one sister, Charlotte Nichols. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty; son, Brian and daughter, Kelly; four sisters, Shirley Shannon, Vicki Hively (Randy), Linda Popejoy, and Melissa Hooper. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to St Jude Parish and Catholic Church, Marina, CA 93933 or Knights of Columbus Marina Council 7155, c/o St Jude’s Parish. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice staff and nurse Tara for their special care. Tom bids farewell with love to all his friends and family that he leaves behind.

Services

  • Rosary and Visitation

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 23, 2021

Memories

Thomas "Tom" L. Yancey

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Esther Lisa Martinez

April 21, 2021

Dear Tom,

It’s hard to say goodbye to you. You have been a great friend for more than twenty years. We consider you family.

God Bless you always!!! We will be here on earth for your family as you watch over them in Heaven. Just give us that little nudge with a smile like you always did (with a cup of coffee in your hand) to point us in the right direction.

We raised our families together, We have worked together on community projects for school and church,attended celebrations and shared holiday meals.

We’ve prayed together; and now we, your family and friends, will continue praying for you and for your family. You will remain in our hearts Forever!!!

🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️✝️✝️✝️😇😇😇

Ann Drown

April 20, 2021

Tom, Betty and I were in the Navy together in Great Lakes, Illinois and Millington, Tennessee. I will remember his outgoing personality and smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Betty Yancey

April 20, 2021

I miss you so much. I was not ready for you to leave us. You and I had made so many plans for "what we wanted to do once we retired". You wanted so much to live, despite all that was going on. Know that you are so loved by your wife, family and all your friends that you leave behind. Until we see each other again, go with all my love and may God bless you always.

Sevella Yancey

April 16, 2021

My heart goes out to you
and Kelly and Brain for your lose .We've been where you are now our prayers and love are with you.

Jim Perrine

April 14, 2021

It was my pleasure to become closely acquainted with Tom at St. Jude. We shared much good humor, some hard work and much worship time together. I came to love him as a brother and I will miss him greatly. Coffee at church will never be the same.
Betty, Brian & Kelly should always be proud of Tom as he was a great man, a fine example of a faithful Christian soldier.

Amy Turnage

April 14, 2021

It’s been many years since we last saw Tom but so many good memories. He, Betty and I worked at the Naval Hospital in Millington. He and Betty fell in love and I was honored to serve at their wedding.

He was a good man. His cheerfulness , sincerity and calm demeanor were just a few of his many attributes. To Betty and all the family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Heaven gained a great soul.

Nick Costner

April 14, 2021

I am deeply touched by the passing of Tom. My thoughts and prayers, at this time, are with his precious family. Many years ago, Tom and his childhood family were our neighbors in Harrisburg, AR. I have many fond memories of Tom from school, bike riding and mischievous adventures with him and his brothers. Tom always seemed to have a quick wit, a wry smile and a calming, congenial spirit about him that I liked very much. Yet I would have never guessed Tom would have ultimately ended up living in California, so far away from our little village on Crowley’s Ridge. Well, again, my heart goes out to Tom’s family. I know he must be enjoying his new place in heaven, with The Lord and his angels. Until we all see Jesus...

Jimmie Page

April 13, 2021

Prayers for you all that the Lord may comfort and give you peace. I know that the loss of someone you love is never easy. Tommy was a long time friend and like family. He was a kind soul and will not be forgotten. Our Birthdays were only three days apart. He would always send me wishes and joke about me being older. Tommy will not be forgotten. May the Good Lord bless you all !!

Martha Stewart

April 13, 2021

Betty and family, Bob and I send our deepest sympathy for your great loss. Tom was such a wonderful friend. From childhood to adulthood we kept in touch and shared a common love of our Catholic Faith. Know that we are praying for you and your family and the repose for the soul of our faithful departed friend, Tom. May he rest in Peace. Peace be with you all.

vicki hively

April 13, 2021

Ya are in my thoughts and prayers. Love vicki hively

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Tom's mom and dad and first born Shirley

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Biography

Tom Lenord Yancey was a modest man, funny and witty. He was a red-headed, funny guy who was able to handle any situation that arose. He was also a man who was more than capable and trustworthy and conscientious in everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility with his best efforts.
Tom was born on July 26, 1955 at Verser Clinic Hospital in Harrisburg, Arkansas. His parents were Clarence and Virginia Yancey. Tom was raised in Harrisburg, Arkansas, and was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.
Growing up in the Yancey household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there more than their fair share of challenges as well. Tom was one of nine children. He had two older brothers, Butch and Anthony, one younger brother, David. He had one older sister, Shirley, and four younger sisters, Charlotte, Vicki, Lynda and Melissa. Tom and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Tom always placed the needs of his family first.
Living in the country there was always farm jobs to do from picking up chunks to get the fields ready to plant, to chopping and hoeing weeds to get them ready for harvest. When Tom and his brothers weren't helping on a farm, they liked to fish in the creeks and swing on grapevines in the woods.

A big memory moment…Tommy was about 10 years old. He was helping out his brothers harvesting wheat and his shirt got caught on the combine rollers and he got pulled under. He ended up in the hospital for a couple of months with broken bones, legs and half a body cast and legs in traction. He suffered lower back aches every now and then ever since.
Another memory from Tom’s teenage years- In his senior year Tommy stayed with his Aunt Dorothy (Davis cousin’s mom) in Locksburg, Arkansas to work. What is so unusual about this is that the house was haunted by a young male ghost that didn’t like him. Tommy woke up one night to his fan going off and on and with the sensation of being smothered. He just knew he couldn’t breathe. Thoughts are that may be when he decided to go home to Harrisburg, Arkansas. True story, as his sister Vicki was there also. She stated she saw the ghost one time which is why she knew it was male and heard him several times.
Tom was committed to his friends and valued the trust they placed in him. It was not uncommon for Tom to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were the Davis cousins and the Page boys. He became friends with Russell, Jimmy, Bobby, Johnny, and Lee. Later in life, he became friends with Clay, Jackie, Buck, Ed, Tom, Jim and many, many more.
While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Tom as being a smart person, he managed to have a pretty good time in school. He left Harrisburg High School in 1972 to go to work to help his family. He later earned his GED after he joined the Navy. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was English. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Sitzler. Tom always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him without writing things down. Once his teacher asked him to answer a question and how well he answered would affect all of the students in the class with the same grade. The question was “how many bones in the human body and name all the bones in the human body”. Needless to say, all the kids got an “A” that day! In high school, Tom was a member of the Future Farmers of America.
On August 30, 1975 Tom exchanged wedding vows with Betty Harvey at the Naval Protestant Church in Millington, Tennessee. Tom was totally smitten by Betty. Tom held true to traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total priority and joy. He was a source of strength to Betty and he worked hard to provide for his family and was a wonderful father to his two children.
He was a very good father to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. Tom, being a very funny guy would bring his natural good humor to most of his day-to-day situations. Tom was blessed with two children, one son, Brian and one daughter, Kelly. They inherited his unending wit and sense of humor.
Tom was a proud U. S. Navy veteran. He served in Millington, Tennessee, Okinawa, Japan, Coronado Island, and San Diego, California. Tom served during the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of E-6 and he also achieved the rank of HM1. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded the Humanitarian Service Award, National Defense Service Award, Navy Expeditionary Award, Good Conduct Award, and Sea Service Deployment Award. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Tom enjoyed life in the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.
After leaving the military, Tom was employed for over 30 years for All-Safe Alarms, later known as All-Safe Integrated Security Systems. Tom was the Operations Manager and Service Supervisor. Tom was a hard worker and worked well individually and was a great example to his co-workers. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Tom was excellent at any task. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail.
College life brought with it a new set of challenges but Tom enjoyed college and majored in Administration of Justice - Criminology. He enjoyed that field of study!
Tom liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. His favorite pursuits were bowling, golfing, puzzles and word searches. Tom was content to enjoy his hobbies and was always willing to share his interests with others.
Tom found pleasure in sports. Tom coached girls’ softball teams during the Navy and coached little league baseball; as his son was involved in baseball and soccer. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf and bowling and football.
Organizations were grateful to have Tom as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense and his humorous personality. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Tom was a planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to work any event or activity with ease, calm and humor. Throughout his later years, Tom was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Tom was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a parishioner at St. Jude’s Catholic Church and Shrine in Marina, California for over 15 years. During that time, he volunteered frequently and was a member of The Knights of Columbus. He was a man of faith who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them bringing along his great sense of humor.
Tom enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. His favorite vacations included The San Diego Zoo, Disneyland and going home to Harrisburg, Arkansas.
Tom was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was his cat named Muffin. The family had eight cats, five dogs, one bird, two rats and one guinea pig throughout his life.
Tom had to medically retire in 2016. Tom continued to stay in touch with his old friends and former co-workers. He was active in his church community and was always willing to step in and help whenever and wherever he could in spite of his health issues.
Tom passed away on April 8, 2021 at his home in Marina, California. He fought a brave and lengthy battle with his many health issues. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Betty, son, Brian and daughter, Kelly. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church and Shrine in Marina, California. Tom was laid to rest in Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, Seaside, California.
Commitment and family are key words that can be used to describe the life of Tom L. Yancey. He was committed to living the life as a good man who was both practical, truthful and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker. He was a great handyman and was willing to tackle any needed task as best he could. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved and brought his giant sense of humor and lightheartedness to most any situation. He will surely be missed by all those who loved him, friends and family alike.