Ermatinger Majors Jan 7, 1932 - Oct 27, 2012 McALLEN, TX Tom was born on January 7, 1932, in Boston, MA. He passed away on October 27, 2012, with his children and grandchildren by his side. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Ermatinger; Lloyd's wife, Millie; Tom's mother, Dorothy Majors, and his stepfather, A.R. Majors. He is survived by his brother, Lonnie (Carolyn) Majors, of Dayton, TX; also his children: Holly (Mark) Gaither, Kansas City, KS; Tommy (Jami) Majors, Edmond, OK; Carrie Majors, Georgetown, TX; and JoLynn (David) Hasler, Edinburg, TX. Tom enjoyed his grandchildren: Shelby Gaither; Maci, Raegan and Blair Majors; Steff (Carlos) Guerra; Stacy Hasler; David Hasler Jr; and Jake Hasler. Tom graduated from Galena Park High School near Houston, TX. Always a serious sports fan, he decided to go to Trinity University, where he played college football and was an All American. His passion for football was evident when he signed with the Chicago Bears; however, circumstances prevented him from joining the team. He was also an avid fast pitch softball player. He was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in 1977 in Springfield, MO. He was a true salesman in all aspects of his life. He says he inherited his work ethic from his Dutch heritage. Professionally, he successfully sold fencing, tires and "steel." He finally retired from W&W Steel Company in Oklahoma City, OK in 1997. Tom was a down to earth, upfront kind of guy. He was personable and put the needs of others before himself. He was dedicated to community service and made lifelong friends as he served. The Kiwanis Club in Mustang, OK, where he chaired many committees for over 32 years, voted him "Kiwanian of the Year" several times. He also enjoyed his volunteer work at the McBride Bone and Joint Hospital in Oklahoma City. In 2007, he moved to McAllen, TX to be close to his daughter, JoLynn, and his grandson, Jake. He soon became a familiar face at Major Health Foods helping with daily errands and deliveries. Tom enjoyed collecting antique trains, watching westerns, following all sports and his family. He was never too busy to share his time with others. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the Mustang Cemetery, Mustang, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 4, 2012