Transition: Tom Toombs (Mar. 14, 1940-May 3, 2017)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tom Toombs, 77, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at his home. He was born March 14, 1940 in Springfield, Mo. but grew up in the Eureka Springs area.

He moved to California where he met his wife of 55 years, Louise (Martin) Toombs. After marrying in Reno, Nev., on October 14, 1961, they later moved to Fairbanks, Alaska and Sitka, Alaska, where they spent 35 years. Their children, Jon and Sandra were born in Alaska. Tom worked as a carpenter and general contractor, learning many of his early skills from his father. Tom loved to tell stories of his family and lifetime spent traveling to many parts of Alaska on construction jobs, hunting, fishing and even panning for gold. After retiring, Tom brought Louise back to his childhood home, Carroll County, residing in Berryville. Something Tom will always be remembered for was his deep love for his wife Louise, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Tom was the son of Raymond and Marie (Rice) Toombs who preceded him in death.

His wife, Louise (Martin) Toombs of Berryville, AR survives him.

He is also survived by two brothers, Bob Toombs, his wife Barbie of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Bill Toombs, his wife Jody of Clam Gulch, Ala.

Tom has two children, Jon Toombs, wife Kaylynn of Green Forest, Ark. and Sandra (Toombs) Bradley, husband Bill of Chewelah, Wash.. He has seven grandchildren, Alexander Toombs and wife Nicole of Berryville, Heather (Toombs) Summers and husband Paige of Fayetteville, Ark., Katharine (Toombs) Englehardt and husband John of Seattle, Wash., Benjamin Toombs of Berryville, Tommi Lee and husband Adam of Addy, Wash., Jessica Jurgens and husband T. J. of Chewelah, Wash., and Daniele Bradley of Spokane, Wash. He also has six great grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. They were “his babies,” Alexis, Madelyn, Sara, Kaiya, Lynli and Logan.

Visitation was at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville, Ark. Graveside service was at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Eureka Springs Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Ark. under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com. © Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. 2017