American Patriotic 10

Thomas William Mackerley

April 24, 1942 ~ July 29, 2022 (age 80)


Life is meant to be lived! Let it be known that I lived my life as I wanted without worry about what others thought of me. I made my decisions and lived with the consequences, the good and the bad. I lived my life to the fullest degree possible. I created a full house, with 3 queens and 2 kings. I traveled the world with my service to my country and grand adventures with loved ones. Through my ups and downs, I was able to stand true to who I was and what I believed. I laughed a lot and shared my passion and love with those I trusted and held worthy. I had regrets for certain, but they are few. Whether you know me as Tom, Thomas, Skip, dad, uncle or grandpa, or as a worker at Shop Rite, IBM, or an officer in the Navy, know that I want you to remember me for who I was and what we had. Don’t regret what we missed but let any regret lead you to change in other relationships. Don’t take your time for granted. Play and laugh and do what brings you joy every day, for your time here is not known. Dance until your legs won’t let you. Sing until your lungs won’t fill. Find something to be grateful for every morning and evening and enjoy the blessings until God brings you home and we meet again.

My children Stacy Mack, Robie Mackerley, Thomas Mackerley Jr., Isabel Hudson and Asa Mackerley will carry me forward in life to their children and on to the following generations. I hope my lessons learned will be told as great stories of what to do, as well as what not to do. Life’s journey was long and being blessed with 80 years was more than I expected.

I want to thank all those that cared for me in my later years as my mental and physical body started to fail me. The beautiful hearts in this world are many and I am so grateful to have known a few.

On behalf of my children, please celebrate my life with my loved ones and those who love them at the Longview Arboretum Nature Center, at 706 W Cotton St, Longview, TX 75604 on Thursday October 13, 2022 (the date of my wedding anniversary to my only wife Roberta Ruth Townley) at 10am. For those that cannot attend and would like to make a donation on my behalf, please consider supporting the Arabella of Longview Memory Care facility where they allowed me to finish out my last year with honor and dignity, providing me continued compassion and empathy to the last day on July 29th of 2022.

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Memorial Gathering
October 13, 2022

10:00 AM
Longview Arboretum Nature Center
706 West Cotton Street
Longview, TX 75604
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