OBITUARY

Thomas L. Allensworth

March 29, 1957January 10, 2013
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Thomas Lasater Allensworth was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on March 29, 1957 to Lt. Col. H.L. Allensworth and Martha Wilson Allensworth and passed from this life on January 10, 2013. He grew up beloved, the youngest of five close siblings, and attended Fain Elementary, Barwise Junior High and Rider High School (‘75). After graduation, he attended Midwestern University, stopping only to become a naval cryptologic technician for 3 years before returning to Wichita Falls to complete his studies. He earned his BA in History from Midwestern in 1982.

Thomas then attended Texas Tech School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctorate in May of 1985. He worked as the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Grand Prairie for 10 years prior to coming home to Wichita Falls to set up his own law practice with his childhood friend, Reginald R. Wilson. Thomas enjoyed the law and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the rest of his life. Reggie and Thomas shared their office while maintaining their separate law practices and their friendship which lasted over 50 years.

More than anything, Thomas was a true student of history with an encyclopedic knowledge of European and American history. He was also an intellectual, a great wit, and an exceptionally gifted writer. Many of his legal briefs include a wide range of humor, satire, sarcasm, punditry, and unique quotations and footnotes.

Thomas was a devoted father and loving brother who will forever be missed. He is survived by his daughter, Alexandra Sarah Allensworth and son, Ian Lasater Allensworth of Arlingon, Texas, and his four siblings, William Allensworth, Dr. Robert Allensworth, and Elizabeth Allensworth George of Austin, Texas and John Allensworth of Asheville, NC, their respective wives and husband, and his nephews and nieces.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at All Saints’ Anglican Episcopal Church, 2606 Southwest Parkway. May his memory be eternal.

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  • Memorial Service Monday, February 4, 2013
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Tom Grommell

November 25, 2013

Tom was a " shipmate " of mine when we were two Navy CTs based based in Naples, Italy. We had long conversations, many on history, over multiple brews. He had a first class mind.

I am terribly sad to hear of his passing. I just did a search for him on the web and found him, here, not where I wanted to see him at all.

Not fair. At all. I'm sorry.

I wish I'd reached out years ago.

Good rest to you, Tom.

Alan Couture

May 10, 2013

I just found out about Tom's passing and am heartsick. He and I were good friends back in law school and won our share of Moot Court and Mock Trial competitions. He was indeed a witty and gifted writer who was so much more well-read than I was that I often felt more than a bit ignorant during one of our frequent discussions on everything from the meaning of life to the best Texas beer. I was proud to call him my friend. My deepest condolences to his family.

Johnna Wilson

February 1, 2013

Thomas was a very clever, witty, man. Whom was never short of a sarcastic remark, which was part of his charms. Reggie, his best friend, will never be the same. He has lost his longtime childhood friend and office partner. Tom was also the reason I got an A in my political history course. He will be missed.

Johnna Wilson

February 1, 2013

Thomas was a very clever, witty, man, whom was never short of a sarcastic remark, which was part of his charms. Reggie will never be the same. He has lost his longtime childhood friend and office partner. Tom was also the reason I got an A in my political history course. He will be missed.

Juanita Pavlick

January 20, 2013

I will truly miss this widely read and erudite (using words Tom would enjoy) man. It was always a pleasure to see him in the courtroom, both as a fine attorney, but also as a kind and compassionate person. One thing I will always remember about him is his obvious delight in talking about his children. He was so proud of them!

Beverly Pendley

January 20, 2013

I officed with Tom for several years during the 1990's. I always enjoyed his stories...and that laugh was hilarious! He loved laughing at his own jokes and loved discussing the most recent book he had read. I am sorry he is gone and I will miss him.

versel rush

January 17, 2013

Tom was a wonderful attorney, funny to a fault. He was always a gentleman and a man of his word. I looked forward to seeing him without exception. I will miss him.

FROM THE FAMILY