Passed away at home with his wife by his side July 11, 2013. Born October 29, 1931 in Hackleburg, AL. Preceded in death by his parents, Tommie and Dovie; granddaughter, Rikki Calvarese. Survived by his wife, Dorothy "DJ"; children Craig Frederick (Kelly), Kelle Kensey, Patty Benson (Joe) and Michael Payne; grandchildren, Bannor Frederick (April), Ashlee Craig (Cory), Brindol Mackley, Zachary Benson and seven great-grandchildren. After serving in the Air Force and attending A/C school in Chicago moved to Tucson. He worked for Glover Miller AC for 27 years then ACS until he decided to retire at age 59 to travel and enjoy his family who he loved and cared for his entire life. He was a member of Arizona Pipe Trades Union for 54 years. A heartfelt thank you to friends, neighbors and the staff from TMC Peppe's Hospice for your prayers and support during his long illness with Alzheimer's. Thom will be missed by all who loved him. Donations in his memory may be given to the Shyann Kindness Project, 9121 E. Tanque Verde 105-320 Tucson, AZ 85749 or TMC Peppe's Hospice. Private Memorial Service and burial in Alabama. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.