Thomas Leon Edmonds
Thomas Leon Edmonds, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012 in Amarillo,Texas. Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Borger, Texas, on Thursday, April 12 at 2:00PM. Funeral arrangements are by Brown Funeral Directors of Borger, TX.Tom was born on May 10, 1932 in Borger, Texas to Flora Love and Cline Azel Edmonds. He grew up in the Gulf Camp and graduated Valedictorian from Borger High School. Tom received a degree in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University and began working for Phillips Petroleum Company in Borger, in 1953. He became head of the Operations Analysis Division and spent much of his time working with the Research and Development Division in Bartlesville, Okla.Active in Toastmasters, Tom was a champion of the performing arts in West Texas. He particularly enjoyed opera and ballet and was a member of the Tri-City Concert Association.While in Bartlesville, Tom met and fell in love with Virginia Leon, who also worked for Phillips. Their first encounter was in an Arthur Murray dance class where they were paired up to dance the Tango. Tom and Virginia were married in Raton, New Mexico in 1960 and began their life together in Borger. In 1963, they welcomed the birth of their only child, Stephanie.Tom worked in computer analysis and R & D for several companies across Texas and the midwest, including McDonnell Douglas, but decided to return to Texas Tech to study law in 1971. He began his second career practicing oil and gas law in Borger in 1974.Over the years, Tom partnered with many good friends but ended his legal career representing Borger both as prosecuting attorney and on the board of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority.Tom was a kind and generous man and he loved to help people and animals alike. He had a big heart and was always willing to support those less fortunate than himself.Tom and Virginia celebrated 50 years together in 2010. As Virginia¹s health began to decline, she moved into an assisted living facility in Amarillo. Soon thereafter Tom moved to a nearby apartment and made an effort to visit her every evening and tuck her into bed.Tom is survived by his wife Virginia Edmonds, daughter Stephanie Sullivan, son-in-law Douglas Sullivan and his little dog, Max.The family suggests memorials be sent to the Amarillo SPCA.The family will receive friends at Brown Chapel Of The Fountains in Borger, TX on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.Send personal condolences to www.brownfuneraldirectors.net.