Funeral services for Thomas “Tom” Dewitt Passmore, 85, of Blairsville, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Mountain View Funeral Home, 513 No. 3 Murphy Hwy., Blairsville. Burial will follow at the Hayesville Methodist Cemetery, 161 NC69 Hwy., Hayesville, N.C.
Mr. Passmore died Jan. 11, 2012, after battling a long illness.
Tom was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Mayo, Fla., to Thomas Dewitt and Claudia Cooper Passmore.
Shortly after his birth, Tom’s family returned to Hayesville, N.C., where Tom grew up until he joined the United States Navy at the age of 16. Tom served during World War II as a gunnery instructor. Tom left the Navy due to injuries to his ears and split the majority of his time between Jacksonville, Fla., and Clay County, N.C., where he had numerous friends and family.
After leaving the Navy, Tom began work as a business machine repairman and worked for Remington, Royal, Underwood and Buroughs Business Machine companies, to name a few. Tom eventually opened his own business machine companies in Jacksonvillle, Fla. (Florida Business Machine Company), and Waynesville, N.C. (Haywood Typewriter Company). In 1969, Tom moved his family to Blairsville, where he would spend the remainder of his life. He opened Mobile Home Step & Supply Company and distributed his products throughout the Southeastern United States. During his career, Tom belonged to various clubs and organizations such as the Toast Masters, Moose Club and Kiwanis Club and served as president of the Dad’s Club at Inglewood Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla.
As hobbies and past-time, Tom loved to play poker with his friends and family. He also had a passion for reading and writing poetry. Tom has written several poems that have been published in various area newspapers and at times would contribute his thoughts and opinions through “Letters to the Editor” of the local paper. Tom was also very active in the political process. He would enjoy meeting his friends and discussing politics over a meal or a cup of coffee. He would always cast his vote and even while battling his illness during his final hours, Tom made it known who he was for in the upcoming election.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Dewitt and Claudia Cooper Passmore; his sisters, Emma Dane Carter and Lucille Passmore; and his brother-in-law, John F. Carter. Tom is also preceded in death by his sons, Thomas “Tommy” Eugene Passmore and James Allen Passmore; his grandson, Israel Hughes; and his longtime friend, Wally Langford.
Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Passmore, his daughters, Loella Passmore and Carol Renae Rockwood, all of Blairsville; his son and daughter-in-law, George and Debbie Passmore, his son and daughter-in-law, David and Lianne Passmore of Honolulu, Hawaii, and by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Jennifer Passmore of Gainesville.
Tom is survived by his grandchildren, James Wesley Passmore, Jeremiah Passmore, Celestine Pandolph, Joshua Passmore, Caleb Passmore, Nathaniel Passmore, Adrian Hughes, Justin “Gus” Hughes, Thomas Roy Passmore, Brian Passmore, Jaime Naboa, Karissa Passmore, Zachary Passmore, Patrick Passmore, Jordan Watase, Jake Watase, Jace “J.T.” Watase, Houston Rockwood, Bonnie Rockwood, Randall Rockwood, Skyler Passmore, Keelan Passmore and Austin Passmore.
Tom is survived by his great-grandchildren, Julian Hughes, Celina Hughes, Emmanuel Hughes, Samuel Hughes, Adriana Hughes, Charles “Charlie” Hughes, Haley Passmore, Kameron Passmore, Ethan Passmore, Ashlynn Passmore, Alisha Passmore, Elijah Passmore, Gabriel Passmore, Matthew Passmore, Isiah Passmore, Issac Passmore, Connor Passmore, Emma Shine Pandolph, Daysha Joy Pandolph, Chasen Passmore, Jayden Passmore, Lucas Passmore, Hunter Passmore, Logan Passmore, Zoe Naboa and Zander Naboa.
Tom is also survived by his cousin, Janie Mease Snowden, and his nephew and wife, Brent and Lynn Carter, of Hayesville, N.C.; his niece, Karen Hasenauer of Knoxville, Tenn.; and his lifelong friend, Rubin “Doc” Ledford of Hayesville, N.C. and Canton, Ohio. He is also survived by numerous other friends and relatives.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.
You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at mountainviewfuneralhome.com.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
January 18, 2012