Thomas E. Chambliss, age 71, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at home surrounded by the love of his wife, children, and grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Shultz Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
Born May 10, 1949, to Steven E. and Rosalee Allen Chambliss, Tommy grew up in Beech Grove where he spent much time outdoors hunting and fishing. After graduating from Jasper High School in 1967, he spent four years as an aircraft electrician in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He returned to Jasper after his military service where he met and married his wife of nearly 47 years, Mary Jo Howard.
Tommy retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2010 with 40 years of service. He then hooked up the travel trailer and enjoyed traveling around the United States with Jo, going to Astros baseball games, hanging out at the beach, and spending time at the lease in South Texas. An avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and grandchildren, Tommy especially enjoyed introducing his grandchildren to archery and reveled when they excelled.
When Papa was not traveling, hunting, or fishing, he spent time cheering on his grandchildren in their athletic pursuits and attended numerous games and meets across the state of Texas. His favorite game of all to watch was the one that inevitably occurred at each family gathering: the never ending backyard baseball game that always concluded with lots of laughter.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, his Uncle Popeye Chambliss, and his grandson Drake Thomas Floyd.
He is survived by his wife Mary Jo; children Steve Floyd and wife Cecilia of Anahuac, Nikki Galloway and husband Andy of George West, Jason Chambliss of Jasper, and Chad Chambliss and wife Gabrielle of Garrison; grandchildren Hanna Galloway, Chase Galloway, Whitney Floyd, Natalie Floyd, Jake Galloway all of College Station, Asher Garrison and Waylon E. Chambliss of Garrison; siblings Glenn Chambliss and wife Diane of Madison, Wisconsin, Ann Barnett of Jasper, and Katie Payne and husband Skipper of Jasper; cousins Charles Wayne Chambliss and wife Carolyn of Jasper and Billy Ray Chambliss and wife Mary of Lufkin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
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