You will all be saddened to learn the news from Walter Burnell "Wally" Fly of Marion, IL. He has asked me to make this posting, because our Cousin was a personal friend and almost like a brother to me.
Thomas Rhodes Lincoln died on 19 September 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA. He died of complications of Alzheimer's Disease. I have no reason to think that he died anywhere but in the Veterans Administration Hospital of that city where I last had reports on him and his deteriorating condition.
Wally thinks he can get an obituary notice; and he will let me know. If I get it I will post its contents.
Tom was instrumental in getting Wally and me interested in the Fly genealogy and, alomg with me, my late wife, Vivian Alma (Kammrath) Fly. Tom and Vivian and I worked hot and heavy together for about a four year period from 1958 to about 1962.During this time I visited Tom in Bridgeport and we went together to West Newton, MA to see Prescott Brown, son of Marian (Prescott) Brown at which time we arranged to borrow her files in 20% increments of her stored material. It was voluminous and detailled. We worked like beavers on increment after increment of her stuff.
Then Tom's end of the line "went dead". He lost his job because his newspaper ceased publication. Things went wrong in his personal life and he had a "nervous breakdown".He went OUT of COMMUNICATION with anybody and everybody. I lost him for TWENTY-FIVE years. With the help of Clarence Michaels, I finally re-located him in Pittsburgh all those years later, and we talked on the phone some. The years had extracted a toll from Tom. I was saddened by his turn of events and his seeming mental deterioration. We resumed intermittent contacts on the phone, until I knew his slowing mental processes were making it difficult for him to respond to my chitchat.He resolved to send me the Boon Fly Family Bible and his Fly-family files whih he did. It wasn't long after that that he entered the Veterans' Hospital where he has been taken care of since.
Years have gone by, and at last our talented Cousin has departed this vale for the closer presence of God our Father of infinite love. I think of him often; and I miss him terribly. We are ALL in his debt.