William Phillip Tomlinson, 86, died in San Angelo, Texas on January 7, 2009 following a brief illness.
He was born in Gardendale, Alabama on July 27, 1922. After service in the Army Signal Corp in the Philippines during World War II, he attended Auburn University on the GI Bill. His early life on a farm sparked a desire to design and build tractors, and he earned a degree in mechanical engineering with the intention of pursuing this. Instead, in 1949 he went to work for the Atlantic Richfield Company and moved west. He retired as District Engineer from ARCO Oil and Gas in 1984. While at ARCO, he also helped to found the Midland Federal Credit Union, now known as My Community Federal Credit Union. He maintained an interest in tinkering and mechanical design throughout his life, was a seasoned gardener, and enjoyed occasional moderate success at tricking fish onto a hook.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Williams Tomlinson; his children and their spouses, Helen and Robert Hewell of San Angelo, Amy and Terry Abernathy of Edmond, Oklahoma, Susan Tomlinson and Walter Schaller of Lubbock, and John (Jack) and Melissa Tomlinson of Manassas, Virginia; grandchildren, Benjamin Abernathy and his wife Laura, Anna Haiar and her husband David, Aqua Dakota, and William Hewell.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 P.M. Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Grace Presbyterian Church with Reverend Cheryl M. Homsher officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2009.