Thomas Church Gleaton

November 22, 1927February 20, 2021

Mr. Thomas Church Gleaton, son of the late Thomas Justice Gleaton and Mary Geneda Snyder was born November 22nd, 1927 in St. Petersburg, Florida. At an early age Thomas professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined Rocky Creek Baptist Church where he was a dedicated member and an ordained deacon. Mr. Gleaton, a US Army Veteran served his country proudly during World War II and was active in Veteran affairs. After the war “Papa,” as he was so affectionately known to all, joined the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers where he worked until retirement. Finally, in the Spring of 1967, Papa met the love of his life, Mary Jane Wilson, they married, and the couple were blessed with eight children.

Mr. Gleaton was an active member of the Baptist Association Ministry where his generous and fun-loving spirit, outgoing personality, and selfless compassion for others made him one of the most beloved parishioners in the congregation. His Christian lifestyle was genuinely deep as was his love for Jesus Christ. His influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew him. He peacefully passed on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 in Tampa, Florida where the angels guided him to be with his Lord and Savior and all his loved ones who passed before him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane, his daughter, Pam Tucker, his son William Jackson, and brother Joseph Gleaton. Thomas is survived by his sister, Marlene Verran, children Joseph Gleaton, Johnny Gleaton, Sherry Gabino, Susan and her husband Bob Drouin, and Janet Valezquez, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

“Papa” truly loved life to the fullest through simple pleasures; reading his Bible and singing Christian hymns, taking solace reading the words of God, and of course there was his great love of fishing, cheering on our Florida Gators and watching his favorite football team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He loved spending time with his family, spreading the word of the Gospel and sharing his own personal words of wisdom to all that would listen. Papa had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. His contagious smile and optimism even during the bleakest of times, never swayed.

Funeral services will be held on March 2nd, 2021 at 10:00 am at Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories, 4207 East Lake Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33610.

In Leu of flowers, please send all donations to Rocky Creek Baptist Church, 6403 Theresa Road Tampa, Florida.


2 March

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories

4207 East Lake Avenue
Tampa, Florida

2 March

Committal Service

Garden of Memories Cemetery

4202 East Lake Avenue
Tampa, Florida


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Mary Gleaton. Robertson

February 23, 2021

I am Papa’s grandchild from Johnny I am Johnny and Tina’s youngest little girl I haven’t been able to be around papa much since we moved from Florida but I will never forget all the great times I had with him and all of the family when we live there my biggest memory is when Papa used to let us go and play in the doll house out in the yard I feel like the reason God searches for me so hard throughout my life of mini mistakes I have made in my past I feel like now the reason God searched and come for me so hard is because my papa and his love for God and his love for his family he just kept praying got Gof to get me and keep me safe and I just wanna say that I’m gonna miss Papa and I love him deeply!

Gina Woods

February 23, 2021

My Papa ❤️ I am so greatful to have so many memories with this man. I am so grateful that he loved and took care of my mama, sister, and myself. He stepped in to be a father for me and my sister and did a wonderful job. He showed us Love, security ,family values, kindness and most importantly God. To our trips to Disney, Friday nights at Dino’s Pizza followed up with watching Duke’s of Hazards. Almost nightly visits to the corner convenient store just to get me an Icee. For driving to my house as an adult when I was sick to take care of me and feed me soup. Just always being there for me.There are so many memories ❤️ One of the most beautiful memories I have is that every time he led the prayer with our family he would weep of just pure joy, gratitude , and love that he had for our Lord and Savior. You are home now Papa. Just as I told you last week I will take care of my mama, Brit, and the kids rest and worry no more. Until we meet again ❤️ Be sure to keep an eye on your fries until I get there 😘

Mary (Gleaton) Hawthorn

February 23, 2021

I am Tommy’s 6th Grand Child. My Grandfather was the most caring man I knew, he’d give a family in need a warm meal & great conversation.

As a child of my fondest memory of my Pop Pa..... now even thought he was a God fearing man, he did not want to disappoint Gina & I. He’d tell us to lay real still.... as we hid under a queen size blanket in till we heard the all clear! Then we’d sit up with excitement because our Pop Pa snuck us into the Drive Inn once again. Now mind you it wasn’t just us. The were adults in that car too. As much as he’d beat the 10 commandments into to me, I thought , were stealing... we just got in for free!!! I’d say please forgive us God were poor. We never got caught.. God is good all the time. Oh & how we had KFC , when the buckets were twice the size they are now!!! Being there with all that love in the room. I miss it!!

Now as an adult I will forever miss the talks with (his closet sibling)Great Uncle Joe, on the patio. Oh how I wish I could go back 20 years. I learned allot about my pop pa out on that patio.

Chris Smith

February 23, 2021

I pray that our Lord and Savior comforts this family in time of need. Anyone who grew up in the creek, was lucky to have this man in our neighborhood. Papa didn’t know a stranger, and would do anything he could to help anyone. He was the most genuine person you would ever meet. I can tell you earth may have lost a walking, talking, singing ANGEL but man heaven gained a true ANGEL.

Marie Pimperl

February 23, 2021

To the Gleaton Family:
Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories extends its heartfelt condolences. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.
Marie Pimperl,
Director of First Impressions

Kathy Rossi

February 23, 2021

My Most vivid memory of PaPa is from Kaylee’s baptism. PaPa was proudly watching his great-granddaughter dedicate her life to loving Jesus. Sitting right beside us, as the preacher spoke - and posed a question - PaPa loudly and boldly answered “FEAR NOT”.

His answer was so unexpected and profound that several of us chuckled a bit. The reality is GOD used PaPa that day, because those of us that chuckled have NEVER forgotten to “FEAR NOT”! Through the years it has come up in conversation, -and through the years it has reverberated in my mind whenever I am leaning toward being afraid. - I always loudly hear “FEAR NOT”!

Praise GOD for PaPa’s loyalty and servant attitude to him! For it is through PaPa’s faithfulness, he was able to pass that strong message and many other examples of Jesus’s love for us!

He often spoke to me about his love of GOD. He was so proud of his huge family and he blessed them all as much as they blessed him! This song comes to mind “Great is thy Faithfulness”.

You are missed PaPa. You are loved! Say hi to my Mom -as you dance in heaven with all your loved ones !