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Thomas J. Centers

Thomas J. Centers, age 87 of Eaton, OH went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ, Sunday morning, October 4, 2015. Tommy was born January 20, 1928, in Frenchburg (Menifee County), Ky., to John and Bertha (Lawson) Centers, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were wife Zora and nine brothers and sisters. Tommy is survived by his wife Mary Ann who was his loving and meticulous caretaker, daughter Linda (Roger) Slemp of Frankfort, Ky., stepson Randy (MaryJane) Kirker of Eaton, OH., grandchildren, Rick (Rachel) Bingham and Tonia (Robert) Coubert, both of Frankfort, Ky. Additionally, six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Tommy retired from General Motors after 30 years. Tommys retirement years were filled with gardening and thrift shopping. He would drive 30 miles to save a dime and enjoyed every trip. He would travel from store-to-store finding bargains. He was always taking garden goodies to friends. Another favorite pastime was mowing grass and keeping the lawn beautiful. Tommy was filled with joy. He loved to tell a story to anyone who would listen. Tommy was a member of Covenant of Peace Church (Full Gospel Temple), Eaton, OH. He served in different areas of the church for many years. He was a life time member of Full Gospel Business Mens Fellowship. Tommy will be missed by many in the neighborhood; he was known as Eaton Avenue Mayor, riding his bicycle and visiting with whoever he would meet. The family will receive friends and family on Monday, October 12, 2015 from 11:00 until the funeral at 1:00 pm at the Covenant of Peace Church, 4745 State Route 127 North, Eaton, OH with Pastors Ken Harbaum, Raymond Rothwell and Wayne Gardner officiating. The burial will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, OH. Donations may be made to Covenant of Peace Church or Crossroads Hospice, 8069 Washington Village Dr., Dayton, OH., 45458. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gsbfuneralhome.com.

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Ivan and me will hold sweet sweet memories of our time with Tommy. Dear brother in law that always had a gift waiting for us of some sort. Love him so much.

Evie Poe Oct 15 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Centers

Evie Poe Oct 15 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Centers

Ted and Pam Heiser Oct 15 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Centers

Connie Wigger Oct 15 2015 12:00 AM

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Joel Montgomery purchased the Garden of Serenity Bouquet for the family of Thomas J. Centers.

Joel Montgomery Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM

Dad I loved you so I will miss you but I know you are in a better place. I still have my memories of growing up the good times we had together.The love you gave me I was very happy to be your little girl.I will love and remember you always.

Linda Slemp Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM

Mary Ann and family, Tommy was a wonderful Mayor and friend. He took us under his wing when we moved here several years ago. He will be missed by all that knew him. I know that he is still the Mayor up in heaven. Al and vicki Oliver

Vicki Oliver Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM

There are just folks in life like Tommy who made an impression on me and I just always think happy thoughts when it comes to him. I don't believe Tommy ever met someone he didn't like or someone that didn't like him. That is Tommy, to a "T". He is just one of those good souls who walked the earth and shared his life and love of all so easily. Take Tommy's friendship with my Dad, Jerry Feix. Now, for those who haven't had the pleasure of knowing my Dad, he is another one of those brave souls who once you meet him, you kinda don't forget him. About 25 or so years ago my Dad and Tommy developed a friendship and I watched as the two of them hung out together like a couple of high school boys out looking for mischief. They didn't have to look far as that mischief tended to find them. My Dad was not always one to reach out and make a new friend but I watched as he and Tommy developed a kinship that lasted, I then realized we are never too old or too busy to make a new friend. We all may take our friendships for granted, but take one away and you will comprehend what true friendship really is. Perhaps the most important person in Tommy's life is Mary Ann. Knowing each other from church, I marveled as they began spending time together and I would hear through my folks how Tommy was courting Mary Ann and she was kicking up her heels in sheer ecstasy. Then came that day in June 2003 when she and Tommy snuck away and pulled off the shotgun wedding that Preble County folks are still talking about with raucous delight! Tommy, you and Mary Ann showed us all how to live, laugh, and love. We will all miss you Tommy, just know you are living on in the memory of those of us who knew you. Thank you for being a wonderful part of this short life we enjoy on earth. You graced us with your presence and your infectious laugh for 87 years. For that, we will forever smile when thinking of you. Rest well my friend. Gary Feix

Gary Feix Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM

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