Thomas "Tom" Earl Deas Sr. of Jackson, died April 14, 2006 at Springhill Hospital in Mobile at the age of 80. A lifelong resident of Clarke County, he was a veteran of World War II where he served with the occupational forces in Europe. After his employment with Vanity Fair Mills in Jackson, he co-owned and operated Ray and Tom's Restaurant in Jackson for 17 years. He served as a member of the Clarke County Commission from 1980 until his retirement in 2002, serving in Districts 3 and 4. A member of the First Baptist Church in Jackson and the VFW, he celebrated his 50th anniversary with the Little League of Jackson and was recognized for being the only surviving coach of the first Little League season. The Old Lock Road was also named in his honor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Deas.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kathleen Bumpers Deas of Jackson; son, Tommy Deas of Jackson; daughter, Beverly Garrett of Jackson; brother, Gilmer Deas of Coffeeville; sister, Iola Robinson of Thomasville; nephew, C.D. "Lefty" Anderson of Mobile; three grandchildren, Thomas Ott, Hank Ott and Trey Deas; three stepgrandchildren, T.J. Marshall, Rachael McDaniel, Jolie Carr; one great-grandchild, Nathan Ott and three great-stepgrandchildren, Morgan McDaniel, Sydney Carr and Caroline Carr.
The funeral service was April 17 in the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson with the Rev. Lester Pope, Dr. Rob Nichols and Brian Jemison officiating. Burial was in the New Prospect Cemetery in Coffeeville with Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson and Bumpers Funeral Home in Butler directing.
Pallbearers were Trey Deas, Thomas Ott, Hank Ott, Chuck Anderson, Alton Deas, Charles Montgomery and T.J. Marshall.
Honorary pallbearers were Troy Jones, Henry Ott, Craig Scruggs, Rubye Andrews, Bobby Bishop, Fairley Morton, Jimmy Deas, Spence Walker, Davis Deas, Clarence Watters, James Long, Sam Noble, Jay Duke, Alvin Montgomery, Jesse Robinson, Grady Gould, Norma Beard, Ray Sheffield, Paul Parham and Wilbur Downey.
Thomas was the son of Ovirten Deas and Daisy Fendley.