Thomas Foster (Tommy) Reid, Jr., passed in peace surrounded with love on September 13, 2018. Tommy lived life fully with his wife of 51 years, Janis Bowen Reid. Together they had many adventures, most recently in their RV crossing countless state lines covering thousands of miles. Early in their marriage, their adventures were on the water sailing on Lake Meredith fostering a love of lake life in their son, Nick, and daughter, Christy.
Tommy’s lifetime of love and success is reflected in the achievements of those he mentored, guided and supported unconditionally. All who were lucky enough to be held in high regard by Tommy knew the uniqueness of his bond. His connection with each person was unique and reflective of their personalities, commonalities and his genuine interest in each person. He and Jan created a home that welcomed all. Many entered their open doors for a casual visit or hot meal but found insights, advice, help, comfort and an unjudging ear.
His strong hands created and built countless projects from soapbox derby cars and bunkbeds to computer programs and were gentle enough to comfort his children and seven grandchildren through all stages of life. His affinity for animals saved countless dogs and cats. During his years sailing, he was active in the Amarillo Yacht Club. He turned his passion for sailing into a family hobby full of lessons in teamwork, nature and patience.
Tommy started life on December 12, 1942 in Gulfport, Mississippi – born to Bernice Nichols and Thomas Foster Reid, Sr. They lived in Wichita Falls, Texas and Clovis, New Mexico before moving to Amarillo. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1960; received a bachelor’s degree in math and a master’s of computer science from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University). On June 2, 1967, he married Janis Lynn Bowen at Polk Street UMC in Amarillo, Texas.
In his personal and professional endeavors, Tommy was known for his integrity, honesty, loyalty and determination. He held management positions through his 19-year career at Diamond Shamrock and managed information systems at Palmer Painting for before joining Amarillo Welcome Homes, a real estate company owned by his daughter, Christy Moore and son-in-law Shawn Moore.
He is preceded in death by his parents Bernice and Thomas Foster Reid; aunts JackAnn Kilpatrick, Mary Shaw, Chris Aucutt, Gay Karau, Sybil Reid, Uncles David Nichols and Roy Reid and brother-in-law, Bob Hotchkiss.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; son, Nick and his wife Reba of Katy, Texas; daughter Christy Moore and her husband Shawn of Amarillo; seven grandchildren Rylie Reid, Garrison Moore, Foster Moore, Brynna Reid, Troxell Moore, Lena Moore and Dylan Reid; sister Ann Hotchkiss of Bloomfield, Connecticut; niece Lia Hotchkiss and her husband Stephen Cohen of Hartford, Connecticut; nephew, David Hotchkiss and his wife, Ao Hotchkiss of Northampton, Massachusetts; sister-in-law, Ann Bowen Palmer and her husband Randy of Amarillo; nieces, Betsey Palmer of Chicago, Illinois, Merri Palmer of Austin, Texas, Addy Palmer of Austin, Texas and their families; cousins, David Shaw of Boston, Massachusetts; Marie Naftalin of Los Angeles, California; Vernon (Juny) Aucutt, Jr. of Ruidoso, New Mexico; Cheryl Kilpatrick of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Janet Kilpatrick Thomas of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Toni Kilpatrick Stiefer of Bokchito, Oklahoma; John Kilpatrick, of Durant, Oklahoma; Alan Kilpatrick of Carrollton, Texas; Rebecca Kilpatrick Davis, of Kingsville, Texas; Janet Knowles of Plano, Texas; and Karen Buss, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being handled by Boxwell Brother Funeral Home. The family welcomes friends and family during a visitation Monday from 6:00-7:00pm at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home. A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held Tuesday at 11:00 am at Hillside Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hillside Christian Church is Amarillo, Amazima Ministries, Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo or St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas.