Terry Bryan Ooten
1964 - 2014
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Terry Bryan Ooten

Terry Bryan Ooten, 49, of Tallahassee, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014.

A celebration of his life will be held in a memorial service at Wildwood Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee on Thursday, February 13th at 2:00 pm. A burial service will be held immediately following at MeadowWood Memorial Park, Timberlane Road. Bevis Funeral Home (www.bevisfh.com or 850/385.2193) is handling the arrangements.

A native of Chattanooga, TN, Terry lived in Tallahassee since 1969. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1986. He studied at Florida State University and The University of Florida, graduating with an engineering degree. Among other businesses owned, he was the president of Trademark Development and Construction. He was a member of the Capital Tiger Bay Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Terry loved his children with all of his heart, and supported his family and all of their activities. He went above and beyond in caring for his children. He was an avid supporter of his daughter Olivia, and her passions throughout her life including Maclay girls' soccer, running, and traveling. He was very involved as she grew up. Terry was Mr. Science in Kindergarten and would come in and do experiments in Olivia's class. Terry was also the leader of the Indian Princesses, and contributed a lot to Brownies.

Terry also supported his son, TJ Ooten, in every way possible. Terry faithfully followed TJ's baseball teams, football teams, basketball teams, tennis teams, track team, and Cub Scouts throughout TJ's childhood. Terry would always be more than willing to host parties for his children, and he would often be the life of the party, cooking food for anybody who wanted it.

Other than his family, his great joys in life were traveling, cooking, and flying. Terry taught cooking classes at Publix in his spare time, and he loved inventing new recipes and entertaining people. He was always making plans for the next place that his family wanted to visit. He believed in exposing his children to the world, and letting them experience different people and cultures as they grew up. Terry was a kind hearted, optimistic person who always had a positive outlook on life and a warm smile for everyone.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Melissa Ooten, a son Terry Bryan Ooten, Jr. (TJ), 21, a daughter Olivia Madison Ooten, 18, his father Homer Ooten, his sister Cynthia (Cindy) Ooten Milne (Ian Milne), his nephew Alexander Milne, mother-in-law Linda Mings (Lonnie Mings), father-in-law David Wood, sister-in-law Susan Wood, and a host of other family members and friends. He was preceded by his mother Pamela Ooten.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes or FL. Baptist Children's Home.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Feb. 11, 2014.
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February 14, 2014
Terry Ooten was a man who loved people, loved to have fun, yet enjoyed it even more when the ones around him were having fun.
He deeply loved his daughter Olivia, they were truly best friends. TJ was loved deeply as well, and both T J and Olivia had many adventious trips with their father.
Terry loved to cook as he was a great chef. He was a kind, generous and loving man. Everybody liked Terry.
Jeff Griggs
February 13, 2014
Dear Melissa & Family: So sorry to read about Terry's untimely death! We so enjoyed our parties with you & Terry in the Newcomer's Club. Our prayers will be with you today and for years to come! May God bless & keep you all! Our deepest sympathies! JB & Jim Redington
Jassamine & Jim Redington
February 13, 2014
Terry your light burned out to soon it shone a brilliant beacon for so many that love you so much. You will always remain in our hearts as such a special man.
Diane DeVore
February 13, 2014
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Ooten family. Terry was truly a one of a kind person. I will miss his insight and inspiritation. I'm so sad to see him go...
James Heidenreich
February 13, 2014
Melissa, TJ, and Olivia,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and your daddy. Let God and your friends carry you right now. Know that we are sending our love.
Deb Schaum
February 12, 2014
Terry was visionary and an artist when it came to creating real estate projects here in Tallahassee and on 30-A. His energy and excitement to our community will truely be missed.
Bert Pope
February 12, 2014
Melissa, TJ, and Olivia, Please accept my deepest sympathies for your tragic loss. The obituary you wrote provided a perfect picture of the memories many of us share of your husband and dad. I remember him fondly at so many Maclay activities with TJ and Kelly (classmates) as well as other events around the school. He was devoted to his children and I trust those good memories will comfort you all now and in the future.
Julie Gallagher
February 12, 2014
Ooten Family,
Please know that my heart is broken learning of Terry's untimely passing. We saw Terry a couple of months ago at Hurricane and he always was so welcoming to us and always had a megawatt smile and a handshake or a hug. We always appreciated him taking the time to make us feel special. Melissa and Family please know that if there is anything I can do to be of any help I am a phone call or e-mail away. We truly better people for knowing such a beautiful family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you can find comfort in the wonderful memories of Terry. The wonderful Husband and Father who was devoted to his wife and children. May you all find the strength to get through this. We love you.
Chanda Farcas
February 11, 2014
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. Bob and I will keep you in our prayers. God bless your family.
Bob and Virginia McPherson
February 11, 2014
I knew Terry when he was in middle school & high school as his older sister, Cindy, was my steadfast friend. He was good-natured and kind to the core back then & grew into an awesome adult and parent. One of the good ones lost too soon. My condolences to his family& his bereaved sister and father.
Alice Schow Bowman
February 11, 2014
My love and prayers to all of you. I enjoyed seeing Terry at so many Maclay activities with his family - I saw him recently at Olivia's soccer game cheering them on. I hope that each of you feels God's presence in a big way during this difficult time.
Leila McClure
February 11, 2014
My heart goes out to Terry's family. I worked with his dad and I know that Terry was a devoted family man. Will keep the entire family in prayer.
Vivian Pyle
February 11, 2014
You will truly be missed! Rest in peace my friend..
Tim and Dardra Potter
February 11, 2014
My heart goes out to everyone who had the chance to know Terry. He will be missed by many.
February 11, 2014
To the Ooten family, our deepest sympathy. The Aspras family.
Andrea Aspras
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