November 24, 1940 – November 14, 2020
Tommy Allison Lightsey, 79, passed away on November 14, 2020. Tom grew up in Fort Myers, Florida and graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1959. After high school, Tom joined the Army and received a business degree from the University of South Florida. After graduating, he went to work for the Federal Government as an ATF Agent and later as a Secret Service Agent guarding the president and working in the counterfeit division. His job took him on many adventures and to a variety of places, including Colombia, South America in the 1970’s. Tom was also present during the assassination attempt of President Reagan. After his retirement, he worked as a private investigator, volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem, volunteered as a small claims court mediator in Leon and Wakulla Counties, and returned to college, graduating from Florida State with a master’s degree in social work. Also, during retirement, he took up flint knapping, making arrowheads and spear points in the traditional Native American way. As a result, he affectionately became known as “Knappy” to his children and grandchildren. He and his wife, Miriam, traveled the United States attending “Knap-Ins” and gathering rocks and wonderful friends around the country. Tom loved the coast and warm weather and that led him and Miriam to live in Topsail Beach, North Carolina and St. Petersburg, Florida. He also enjoyed spending time at his home on the St. Marks River where he made many beautiful arrowheads and lots of memories with family and friends. He had a quick wit and a delightfully irreverent sense of humor. We will all miss his “Whatever”! Tommy is preceded in death by his parents; son, Thomas Scott Lightsey in 2008; and his nephew Eddie Coakley in 2020. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Miriam Lightsey; stepson, Blake Daughtry (Sandra and daughter Charlotte); stepdaughter, Cody Green (Chris); stepsons, Mark and Eric Earley; sister, Gwen Lightsey; brother, Tony Lightsey; granddaughters, Alabama Reddy, Riley Lightsey, and Chloe Lightsey; and many nieces and nephews. Also, his very faithful canine companion Baby Girl.
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November 25, 2020
God Bless all the family. Tommy, my step-brother was such a fine person. He'd make me laugh and one time we even double dated, he with his girlfriend and me with my boyfriend. We always kept in touch with each other. At Christmas time he'd send me a card and this would warm my heart. Although of late, we didn't see each other often but just knowing he was enjoying his life was special to me. I prayed for him when he was still working and his response to that was, "Junie keep doing what you are doing."
November 22, 2020
Very sad news to hear of the passing of Tommy Lightsey indeed! My deepest condolences to the entire family of Tom LIghtsey as well as all his friends including all the law enforcement folks who knew him.
I was blessed to have worked with him for a number of years and certainly was a better person for it. Tom was a good teacher indeed as it pertained to covert duties we worked together. He lived a life of intrigue for sure and never boasted about his adventures. Tommy worked an extremely dangerous detail in Bogota, the capital of Columbia , which was very successful. With President Reagan and the assassination attempt, Tommy was the Agent who immediately acted and got the gun from Hinkley, preventing him from doing more harm to others. With his work, Tommy wrote reports that were flawless in every regard. He had verbal abilities in his writings second to none. I will certainly miss the presence of Tommy Lightsey as a Good Friend and advisor. May God bless all that knew this Great but Humble Man!
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Marilyn & Gary Lawhon
November 22, 2020
Sending love and prayers to Miriam and the family.
November 19, 2020
Tommy had an interesting life and always seemed to enjoy it to the fullest.
My heartfelt sympathy to his family and to Debbie also. May precious memories help ease the pain in the coming days and months.