Thomas Franklin Olds

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thomas Franklin Olds, 77, of Silex, Mo., went home to the Lord surrounded by his family on August 5, 2016, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

He was born on May 1, 1939, in Piggott, Ark., to the late O.T. and Edna L. (Sneed) Olds. Thomas married his high school sweetheart, Joyclyn Bricker, on July 12, 1958, in Piggott and to this union three children were born.

Thomas served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. He owned and operated Olds Construction and was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #47. Thomas then started his next journey with Automatic Systems as a millwright out of Kansas City. As a superintendent, he traveled extensively for over 15 years, including visits to Canada, Australia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. He also installed heavy conveyor systems, mainly in automobile plants, east of Mississippi from north to south. He was a true Christian man, who was a deacon within his church in Olney, Mo. Thomas served the Lord by building and remodeling churches for a great group called "The Master Builders" Raising Roofs for Christ. The family raised many hogs over the years that won several champion and reserve championships. He was a 4-H swine leader, and major supporter of the local 4-H and FFA. Thomas was a family man and was very close to his grandchildren. He shared many memories with them--taking trips to the Old Threshers in Iowa, riding laps around the yard on the golf cart and the lifesaving trip for his granddaughter, Courtney Carroll to the John Hopkins Hospital. He had that gentle touch, soft heart and the big old chest that all his grandchildren loved for nap time--well he enjoyed a nap too.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orbrey Thomas and Lettie Ann(Boyd) Olds and Lyman and Emma (Smith) Sneed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joyclyn Olds of Silex; one son, Timothy Ray Olds and wife Sandy of Silex; two daughters, Tami Carroll of Conroe, Tex. and Yvonne Korman and husband, Matt of Rhineland; seven grandchildren, Courtey Carroll, Oriah Carroll, Justin Nolte (Erica), Jess Nolte, Jake Nolte( Sarah), Heather Olds (Allen) and Harlee Olds; four great-grandchildren, Kylie Orlando, Myla Grace, Maxin Nolte and Alayna Nolte; one brother, James W. Olds of Oklahoma along with numerous relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Aug. 9, at the funeral chapel in Hawk Point with interment at Olney Cemetery.

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