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Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home

2051 East Napoleon Street, Sulphur, LA

OBITUARY

Thomas Lee Tyree, Sr.

September 7, 1945September 9, 2019
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Thomas "Tom" Lee Tyree, Sr., 74, of Sulphur passed away Monday, September 9, 2019.

Tom was a United States Army Veteran serving his country as a Military Police Officer in Vietnam. He joined his father in the family sheet metal business, Sulphur Sheet Metal & Fabrication, Inc., until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, and rock crawling. Tom was known for his cooking skills and loved preparing his recipes for friends and family when camping. He will be remembered for his loving and generous nature.

He was preceeded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Patsy Lee Gaddis Tyree, his parents Elmer and Maxie Lee Tyree, and his brother Kenneth Tyree.

Tom is survived by his two sons and their wives, Tom Tyree, Jr. and Kristi of Carlyss and Jacob Tyree and Kimberly of Moss Bluff, four grandchildren Brooke, Alex, Tripp, and Andrew. He also left behind one sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Gary Schultz of Carlyss, sister-in-law Sue Tyree of College Park, MD, and in-laws Don and Reba Schexnailder of Sulphur and Mitch and Peggy Scimemi of Mandeville, LA.

A celebration of his life and visitation will be held on Thursday, September 12th from 4pm-7pm at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Home. In lieu of flowers, Tom, Sr. requested donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org). Memories and words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom Tyree, Jr. and wife Kristi, Son
  • Jacob Tyree and wife Kimberly, Son
  • Brooke, Alex, Tripp, and Andrew, Grandchildren
  • Beverly Schultz and husband Gary, Sister
  • Sue Tyree, Sister-in-law
  • Don Schexnailder and wife Reba, In-Laws
  • Mitch Scimemi and wife Peggy, In-Laws
  • Patsy Lee Gaddis Tyree, Loving Wife of 45 years (deceased)
  • Elmer and Maxie Lee Tyree, Parents (deceased)
  • Kenneth Tyree, Brother (deceased)

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, September 12, 2019

Memories

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Charles Spivey

September 11, 2019

We are saddened at the loss of Tom but cherish so many fond memories of Tom & Patsy. We first met Tom & Patsy as neighbors on East End (Sulphur) and it grew quickly to one of the closest friendships we've ever had. I remember many fishing trips with Tom on Toledo Bend, Lake Anacoco, Sam Rayburn and years of trips to Mexico chasing large mouth bass. Even though work took us away from Sulphur for the last 20 years, we maintained our connections, kept up with each others kids journeys, visited as often as possible and just shared life together.

Tom Tyree, we love you and will miss you so much. Give Patsy a big hug from Darlene and myself. If there is fishing in heaven, don't catch all the big'uns before we get to join you one day!

My prayers and love to Tom Jr, Jake, and their families as well as their extended family members.

God Bless, Peace and Comfort to you all
Charles Spivey

Kevin Mann

September 11, 2019

We are so very saddened by your loss. You have been such a huge part of our lives for so very long. We will miss your sweet smile and our visits. Toledo Bend will never be the same for us with out you there. We will miss you dear friend but you will forever remain in our hearts!!
Kevin, Carolyn and Justin

Peggy Scimemi

September 10, 2019

Big Tommy, as I called him, was a Renaissance man! He could make furniture out of iron, design and build houses from the ground up, you name it he could do it! He made sure my sister, Patsy, had everything she ever wanted and took great care of his family. As a teenager I remember him working alongside his father from an early age- helping to build the Sulphur Sheet Metal organization into quite a successful business. He was always well respected in the business community for being fair and doing quality work.
I remember him talking about being drafted into the army and telling them he wanted to be a cook (he loved to cook and was very good at it.) but the higher ups said, “No with your height and build you are going to be military police.” He was an outstanding soldier who served his country with great honor. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is now in heaven with Patsy cooking and rock crawling with the angels. Give Patsy a kiss for me Tom. Rest In Peace.

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