Thomas Jefferson Muse was born on June 8, 1942 in Judsonia, Ark., and passed away May 5, 2013 in Biloxi, Miss., after a short illness. He was surrounded by his children, wife, grandson, sister, and friends.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Timothy Muse Sr., and his brother, James Timothy Muse Jr. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Sue Muse of Smiths Station, Ala.; his children, Darrell S. Muse Sr. (Teresa) and Tammie Muse Browning (Neal) of Guyton; and Helen Wilson Muse Walker, mother of his children. He is also survived by his sisters, Sarah Cvitanovich (Andrew) of Biloxi, Miss., and Rose Jeffries (Ralph) of La Center, Ky., and his brother James Donald (Anne) of Searcy, Ark.
He leaves behind his grandchildren, Ashley Muse Kimbal (Paul) of North Liberty, Iowa, Darrell S. Muse of Savannah, Christina Burnsed Alford (Garrett) of Pooler, James Tracey Burnsed Jr. of Savannah, and Victoria Brooke Browning of Guyton. He also leaves behind two great-grandsons, Warren James Kimbal and Roman James Alford, and a host of nieces and nephews all across the country whom he loved dearly.
Tom served his country in three separate branches of the military. First was on active duty with the Air Force, then as a Navy Seabee, and lastly in the Army National Guard, serving one tour of duty during the Gulf War. Tom was a carpenter by trade and later owned Not Quite Antique in Columbus. He also had a small flea market business and enjoyed the company of his customers and colleagues.
Tom was known for his love of children and the care he showed toward the elderly and/or disabled. He will be sadly missed by so many.
A private memorial service will be held in the prayer chapel at First Baptist Church of Springfield on June 22, followed by a burial service at Ricksville Cemetery in Adrian.
Published in Effingham Herald from May 28 to June 27, 2013