Thomas Parker Tempest, 76, of Panama City Beach, FL, formerly of Columbus, IN passed peacefully in his sleep July 14, 2014 after spending his final days surrounded by his family sharing favorite memories.
Tom is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara, daughters, Teresa Branum of Columbus, IN, Becky Tempest of Columbus, IN, Amy (Ron) Hilderbrand of Redland, NC, and Leisa (Ben) Strafuss of Collierville, TN; a sister, Betty (Phil) Aguilar of Greenfield, IN; five loving grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas R. and Edith Hager Tempest; sisters, Jean Bain and Marjorie Haymaker; a brother, Richard Tempest; and an infant son, Timothy Joe Tempest.
A service celebrating Tom's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus with Pastor Jim Pursley officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolence Outreach program at Gulf Beach Baptist Church in Panama City Beach where Tom was a member. Those wishing to sign Tom's guestbook may do so at www.yourtribute.com. Online condolences may be sent to the Tempest family and a video tribute may be viewed at www.barkesweaverglick.com.
Tom was born in Columbus, Indiana Nov. 7, 1937 and graduated from Columbus High School in 1955. He was a member of the Indiana Army National Guard and later served active duty with the U.S. Air Force. He then promptly joined Cummins Engine Company and worked there for 30 years. Tom had a real passion for serving his community. This translated into years of volunteer service, including the Benevolence Outreach program, the American Legion, the Morning Optimist Club and serving on the board of the Dunes of Panama Condo Association.
Tom was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love, beauty and peace. Tom lived his life knowing that when his time came, our Lord would greet and welcome him home.
Published in Panama City News Herald on July 17, 2014