Thomas  Neil Talley

Published 8:12 am Friday, July 14, 2023

Leesville native Thomas Neil Talley was called home to Jesus on July 7, 2023.

The charismatic southern boy, who befriended everyone, died peacefully and in no pain. Tom was a devout Christian, and we know he is celebrating with Jesus. “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’,” Matthew 25:23.

Tom was born Oct. 11, 1941, in Many, La., to C.B. and Louise Talley. He grew up in Leesville, La., where he was better known as Tommy. He graduated from Leesville High School and earned a degree from Northwestern State in 1965. He then served in the United States Air Force. He began his career with St. Regis Paper Company in the San Francisco Bay Area, starting his 50-year profession in sales and marketing. He married Pamela Barren in 1968.

Pam and Tom have two sons, Chris, and Scott. They moved their family to Denver, where they raised the children and where Tom was a leader in the church, South Presbyterian Fellowship. In 1992, they moved to Gunsan, South Korea where Tom and Pam taught English and shared their faith.

Tom loved family, childhood stories and dancing with his grandchildren. He was everyone’s friend and never met a stranger. It was often said, he could make a fencepost talk.

He is preceded in death by his parents, C.B. and Louise Talley, and sister, Janet Talley. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Pamela Talley; son, Chris Talley and wife Laura; son, Scott Talley; grandchildren, Michael Talley and fiancé Megan Goodnight, Megan Harrington and husband Jacob, and Caroline Jaquess and husband Cort.

The family is grateful for Tom’s caregivers, Anthony and Barbara and the team from Seniors Helping Seniors Denton, who have been at his side since the beginning of the year. We are also thankful for the care and support provided by the staff at The Carlyle at Stonebridge.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Tom’s name to The National Kidney Foundation. Pam may be reached at The Carlyle, 170 Stonebridge, Southlake, Texas, 76092.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., July 19, 2023, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.