Thomas Lloyd Hollis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Thomas Lloyd Hollis

Thomas Lloyd Hollis, 79, of Bartlett, Tenn., died June 21, 2014, following a short illness. He was the oldest son of the late Ben and Mary (Lewis) Hollis, of Rector. He was a graduate of Greenway High School and served honorably in the United State Air Force from 1956 to 1960. He moved to Memphis, where he was a weather service specialist for the National Weather Service, until he retired after 30-plus years of service.

In 1968, Tom met and married the love of his life, Elizabeth Owen, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Memphis. During their wonderful 46 years together Tom and Elizabeth enjoyed raising their two sons, Jeffrey T. Hollis (Deedra) of PIckwick, Tenn. and Wiley B. Hood (Cathleen) of Fayetteville, Ark.

They enjoyed travelling, and Tom also loved baking and woodworking, leaving behind recipes, cabinets, baby beds and beautiful carvings, including an angel, as cherished legacies. Tom was known for his restoration of cars, his ability to repair just about anything, and a giving spirit in his time and talents, to everyone he met. He was also an active member of the British Sports Car Club.

Tom is also survived by his sister, Barbara Hollis, of Bartlett; his brother, Ben (Isabelle) Hollis, of Little Rock and seven grandchildren, Ragan, Brannon and Lillian Hood of Fayetteville, McKinley Hollis, of Lakeland, Tenn. and Stella, Lola and Eva Hollis, of Pickwick, Tenn.

Tom and Elizabeth were also actively involved with their extended family at the Catholic Church of the Nativity, 5955 St. Elmo, Bartlett, Tenn., 38315, where visitation was held and the Rosary was said on Tuesday, June 24. The funeral mass was held Wednesday, June 25, followed by mausoleum burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Blackard, Ronnie Blackard, Scott Willard, Jeff Hale, Jim Hale and Russell Pollan.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Nativity's Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Bartlett Funeral Home was charged with the arrangements.