Friday, December 21, 2007

Saying Goodby to TOM PRY


There are no right words and this is very difficult to pass on, but any of you who have been following Searcy Yeasteryear for any time know that Tom was in a battle with lung cancer.

Tom Pry passed away at 6:15am, December 21, 2007.

There will be visitation Sunday, 12/23/2007, from 2pm to 4pm, at Powell Funeral Home on Beebe Capps in Searcy, AR.

Tom's family sent an email thanking you all for your support over the years, sending it to those on Tom's computer distribution list. I received it, and wanted to post this information for those of you who may not have been on the list.

Tom was so meticulous in keeping the Searcy Yesteryear blog, and as a result we have a wonderful record of happenings in our little town. His shoes will be hard to fill. And he will be missed.

If you would like to post a memory you have about Tom, you can reply to this blog. Bill and I will try to make sure the family gets a copy.


Anonymous Florence said...

My husband died a few weeks ago. Tom was very sympathetic and mentioned me in his Blog:

"In commenting on her state of mind, she said she was “heartbroken” at the inevitability of it all,“however, we are even closer now then we ever were and we were always close with a beautiful relationship.

I can say that; wish everyone could.

I’m sure you join me in wishing Flo tranquility in her tragedy."

What a lovely man. I looked forward to his humorous Blogs and I'll miss him very much.
God Bless you, Tom Pry.

Long Island, NY

5:54 PM  
Blogger Rudy Edwards said...

I only discovered Tom recently, he's a semi distant relative. When searching for information on my grandfather, I found Tom's blog, where he references my grandfather and my dad's (and Tom Pry's) beloved "Uncle Tom"

I really enjoyed reading Tom's blog, and regret never having had the chance to meet him in person. He was a great storyteller, and from what I can discern, a good man as well. My whole family empathizes greatly with your loss.

-Rudy Edwards

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had an inkling that something must have happened to Grampa Tom because of his unupdated blog.

For two years, his writings always perked my moods and his wit which only comes from his extensive experiences was definitely unparralled.

To You, Grampa Tom. You are forever missed. You now shines in the company of angels above

Jef Bunagan- Your "brown" grandkid from Manila Philippines

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Carla Pry said...

I want to thank everyone for the nice comments about my father. He seems to have touched a lot of people through his blog; not just in the U.S., but overseas also.

I last spoke with him two days before he died. He sounded weak but was still upbeat and looking forward to my youngest stepbrother's family's visit for Christmas. Because of his weak state, it was taking him a long time to compose his next entry for his blog. He told me he was having to write it on paper first since he got tired easily. I regret that he never finished it and posted it.

He was very talented and had a way with words.

Again, on behalf of my family, thank you.

Carla Pry

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Dick Chapman said...

I don't remember much about Tom Pry, but I did appreciate the very hard work he did to make the blog enjoyable, not only for his contemporaries but also for us (slightly) younger folk.

I do remember his dad and mom were active in the VFW with my folks. We thought they were old, but those WWII vets were much younger then than we are today...funny how impressions of age change, huh?

But this comment is really about Tom's sister Cookie, who was in the flute section in the high school band when I showed up as a rookie in that section. I appreciated her teaching me a few things about the flute and about life. That was back in the days when a 7th grader might think gender was important in music...real men played the tuba and stuff like that... She swiftly corrected that notion by telling me to relax and enjoy music for what it is and stop worrying about whether I was a man or not...She said I'll tell you one time and one time only: it's not "sissy" to play the flute. Good advice, and it helped my young mind stop worrying about what I THOUGHT people might be thinking about me.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I am so very sorry to hear that Tom is no longer with us. I only recently discovered his blog and have thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing about my Searcy days (1940-49). My father was superintendent of schools there from 1940-1947 when he was killed in a car accident. I would appreciate anyone who remembers him or my mother (Alice Mason) sharing any memories you might have about them. Betty Mason Martin

7:00 PM  
Blogger MaryKay James said...

Hello former Searcy Public School Students here now and all those who are NOT in Searcy now but did live here for a while.
Tom Pry, SHS Class of 1956, started this fantastic blog years ago. It was fun to read and he allowed us to submit pictures and comments of events in Searcy that we remembered when growing up here in the 1950s. I would like for us to revive these conversations and shard memories! What do you think?
This year, 2016 is the 60th anniversary of the SHS Class of 1956! Many of us are still alive!!!!! Our class president, Robon Moore, contacted some of us and suggested we meet together one more time to visit, reminisce, and eat together. He also suggested we invite the SHS classes of 1955 and 1957. We have contacted many by land mail and by email. Please help us get the word out about this event! It is scheduled for ...
Tuesday evening, September 20, 2016, from 4:30 - 9:30 in the Rose Room at Ann's Bridal Etc. 901 E Beebe Capps Expy., Searcy, AR 72143. Reservation of $25.00 per person is payable in advance. Your check must be made out to EITHER Mary Kay James OR Verna Payne. Please email Mary Kay at and I will email you an invitation with the menu etc. ( banking has changed! We had to put the account in our names to avoid being considered a taxable business!). ...
I plan to take pictures at the Reunion / Gathering and post them on this blog site. If you will send me some of the pictures that you take and identify the people, I will try to post them too!
Lets get it this blog site up and "running" again.
We can share what's happening in the lives of former SHS students.... Now that we are retired and schedule our appointments with our Doctors rather than social events!!!
Please give me some feed back ..... But be nice now.... I'm an older lady with white hair!!!!
...... Mary Kathryn Van Patten James. ..... ( Martha Faye Quattlebaum. And I had the names with the most letters in our class!

11:31 PM  
Blogger MaryKay James said...

Hello Searcy High School alumni of classes 1955-56-57,
The class of 1956 invites you to join us as we celebrate our 60th year anniversary of our departure from SHS!
This event will take place on Tuesday evening,September 20, 2016, in the Rose Room Of Ann's Bridal Etc., 901 Easr Beebe Capps Expy. , Searcy, AR 72143. ...4:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Please help us spread the word to friends on these 3classes.
I would love for this Searcy Yesteryear Blog to be revived and for you to send in your recollections and comments! What do you think?
Tom Pry was the originator of this blog and he was in the class of 1956!!!!!! I really enjoyed reading his details of life and events in the Searcy area back on the 50s. I'm hoping we can revive some of these posts... They are still on the archives.
I plan to take pictures at the September 20th event and post them here ..... What do you think about that?
Please let me hear from you..... I am.
Mary Kathryn VAn Patten James. .....(Martha Faye Quarrlebaum and I had the most letters in our names!).

11:56 PM  

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