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Thomas Mayhew - March 19, 2009


Thomas “Tommy” Pearl Mayhew was born Nov. 16, 1939 in Kansas City, Kan., to Bernard and Katherine (Linde) Mayhew.
Tommy grew up and graduated from high school in Denison, Texas, in 1958.
He married Doris Faye Phelan on April 17, 1966 in Sallisaw, Okla., and they made their home in Ft. Smith, Ark.
During high school and after Tommy enjoyed boxing as a member of the Golden Gloves Association, and working on cars and heavy equipment with his father. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, being outside and working with his hands. He also loved drinking coke, playing bingo and eating his favorite meal “cheeseburger and fries.”
Tommy enlisted in several branches of the military. He served in the Navy during Vietnam. While in the military he obtained his welding certification and mechanical degree. When his military statutes ended, he worked as refrigerant specialist and welder for Whirlpool in Ft. Smith, Ark. Due to a long term illness he lived in military housing/hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Arkansas until he moved to Imperial, Neb. in 2000 to be closer to his daughter, Karen Baker, and other family. Tommy was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial.
Tommy passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the Chase County Community Hospital. He was 69 years of age.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two infant brothers Joseph Bernard Mayhew and Jerry Glen Mayhew, two grandsons Blake Bronson and Michael Brian Spidel, all of his grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Survivors include daughter, Ora Higginbotham, of York, Neb.; son, Thomas Mayhew, Jr. of Wauneta, Neb.; daughter, Karen Baker, and husband, Randy, of Wauneta, Neb.; daughter, Tina Heenen, and fiance, David Winters, of Gering, Neb.; son, Keith Mayhew, and wife, Vicki, of Gering, Neb.; grandchildren, Charlie Dawn Spidel, Jennifer Higginbotham, Stephanie Higginbotham, Scott Higginbotham, Andrew Mayhew, Timothy Mayhew, Jonathan Mayhew, Chris Baker, Jeremy Baker, Justin Baker, Katrina Owens, Bill Baker, Randy “DeWayne” Baker, Sean Baker, Nikki Keenen, Mick Keenen and Jamie Keenen; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Ronald Mayhew and wife, Kay, of Washington Crossing, Pa.; sister, Velma Howard, and husband, Troy, of Rudy, Ark.; brother, Robert Mayhew, and wife, Donna, of Ft. Smith, Ark.; sister, Mary Kilgore, of Ft. Smith, Ark.; brother, Frankie Mayhew, of Van Buren, Ark.; brother, Roy Mayhew, and wife, Janice, of Van Buren, Ark.; sister, Stella Bennett, and husband, Cliff, of Rockwall, Texas; brother, Daniel Mayhew, of Ft. Payne, Ala.
Mass of the Christian Burial was held Monday morning, March 16, 2009, 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Imperial, with Father Val Bartek officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Marcy Nesbitt and soloist was Mr. Ron Moritz.
Casketbearers were Tom Mayhew Jr., Robert Mayhew, Daniel Baker, Lowell Myers, Justin Baker and Fritz McCormick.
Military rites were by the U.S. Navy, North Platte Honor Guard.
Interment followed at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Neb. at 2 p.m. (MT).
A memorial has been established in Tommy’s memory.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.