Tommy Dean Worley, 70, an author and retired senior construction manager, died on January 24 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.
Mr. Worley was born in Whitney, Texas on April 4, 1946 to Travis Worley and Jeannie Wilson. He was raised in Powell, Texas and attended school in Kerens, Texas. After graduating high school in 1964, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned his bachelor and master's degrees in political science and government. He also served in the National Guard.
He worked in construction management from August of 1970 and retired in October 2008 from Alstom Power. Not one to sit still, he continued to consult on different jobs in power plant construction. Over those 40 years of working in construction, he was able to do two of the things he enjoyed most which included traveling and making friends along the way.
In retirement, he discovered a passion for writing. Drawing inspiration from his morning talks with the coffee group at Kammans in Caney City and from his love for West Texas, he wrote and published seven books from 2014 to 2016.
Tommy was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Malakoff, Texas. He participated in many different charitable organizations and functions over the years that allowed him to help others which was something he enjoyed very much.
He is preceded in death by father Travis Worley of Powell, Texas, mother Jeannie Wilson of Waco, Texas, brother Winston and sister-in-law Joyce Worley of Athens, Texas, and Delton Worley of Tyler, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years Susan Worley of Malakoff, Texas, daughter Julie and son-in-law Brian Werner of Bentonville, Arkansas, daughter Caitlin Worley of Malakoff, Texas, daughter Breona and son-in-law Matthew Spivey, grandson Mason Werner of Bentonville, Arkansas, and grandson Blake Werner of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, sister-in-law Janet Worley of Tyler, Texas, sister Deborah and brother-in-law Robert Rasner of Waco, Texas, sister Kim Lowe of Addison, Texas, 13 nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as extended family and friends.
His memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Malakoff on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:30 with a reception to follow.
The family is asking in lieu of flowers that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 447, Malakoff, TX 75148.