Thomas W. "Tommy" Amburn, 81, passed away on May 25, 2012 in Amarillo, Texas. Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Ken Haney, Chaplain at Interim Hospice officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 S. Bell Amarillo, Texas. Thomas was born October 30, 1930 in Floydada to Foster and Mariah Warren Amburn. He graduated from Floydada High School in 1948. Thomas served his country proudly in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He served as a Sergeant in Germany during the Korean War. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company from 1949 to 1986. Thomas retired as Cable Supervisor in 1986 after almost 40 years. Thomas married the love of his life, Betty Beck, on December 23, 1950 in Clovis, New Mexico. In their early years, they lived in various cities. They moved to Amarillo in 1954, then to Lubbock in 1969, on to Abilene in 1971 before settling back in Amarillo in 1979. Thomas was a plain man who loved his wife and family. He loved playing the guitar, square dancing and country music. He was also highly skilled in all kinds of woodworking. He also enjoyed watching old western movies with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Thomas was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and he will truly be missed. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents. Thomas is survived by his wife, Betty Amburn of the home; sons, Johnny Amburn and wife Lynda of Denton and Greg Amburn of Lubbock; granddaughter, Cherilyn Amburn of Midland; grandson, Travis Amburn of Dallas; brother, Glen Amburn and wife Elizabeth of Tulia; sister, Juanelle Taylor of Frisco; also by several nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Interim Hospice and a special thanks to Crystal for her love and care for Thomas. You may send online condolences to www.griggsschoolergordon.com
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on May 28, 2012