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Thomas “T.J.” Gilbreath

Thomas "T.J." Gilbreath

Thomas “T.J.” Gilbreath

Thomas “T.J.” Gilbreath, age 78, passed away June 18, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Billy Snider officiating.  Private burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

T.J. was born April 28, 1940, in Seagraves, Texas to Pearl Ann and Thomas J. Gilbreath.  He graduated from Honey Grove High School in 1958.  He attended banking school and worked in banking for forty years.  He retired from banking in 1998.  He enjoyed many years of belonging to AMBUCS.

After retiring, he devoted his time to his four grandchildren.  His pride and joys are, Brooke Lauren Montgomery, Hayden Thomas Gilbreath, Brianne Alexandra Montgomery and Adam Sinclair Gilbreath.  Their parents, T.J.’s daughter and son, are Susan Annette Montgomery and husband D.D. Montgomery and Mark Thomas Gilbreath and wife Julie Kay Gilbreath, all of Amarillo.

He married Betty Irene Rannals of Honey Grove, Texas on June 4, 1960.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Thomas J. and Pearl Ann Gilbreath; twelve sisters and brothers; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Rannals Newland and Lewis Newland, and Esmel Rannals.

He is survived by the above-mentioned children and grandchildren.  Other survivors include his wife of fifty-eight years, Betty Irene Gilbreath; one sister, Mary Jo Holmgren, of California; several nieces and nephews; and many family members and friends.

T.J. will be remembered for his Christian walk and example in this life.  He was a sincere and genuine person who never complained about any of his health problems no matter how difficult they became.  T.J. was a great family man and a loving husband and father.  He will be missed more than words could express.

He was raised on a farm and knew what hard work was.  One of his pleasures was going to his place in East Texas to work.

We rejoice in the fact that he was at peace and ready to meet his maker.

He was a member of San Jacinto Assembly of God.  He had been a Sunday school teacher and deacon for many years.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to nurse Rebecca from BSA Hospice Care of the Southwest and Dr. Sahad.

Family will receive guests one hour before the funeral.


  • Beverly Porter Duggan Posted June 19, 2018 3:52 pm

    Betty Susan and Mark
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    TJ was a very special man
    and wonderful friend to Jim

  • Elaine Louise Lawrence Posted June 20, 2018 9:13 am

    My first job was at First National Bank in 1972 and I worked for T.J. He was so patient and kind. His love of the Lord was reflected in how caring he was with others. He had a great sense of humor. To the family – I am sorry for your loss.

  • Buddy Freeman Posted June 20, 2018 11:22 am

    TJ was a wonderful positive influence in my life and I’m so happy about all the fond memories he left me. I loved him very much and his great family also.

  • Nancy Bybee Posted June 20, 2018 12:12 pm

    I worked with TJ at FIrst National and he was very kind and helpful and an inspiration to all! I am sorry for your loss.

  • Debbie Schick Posted June 20, 2018 1:18 pm

    I was so fortunate to meet T.J. and Betty many years ago, and grew to know them better through Susan. It was obvious he was a wonderful , loving husband, father, and grandfather. I heard of all the great things he would do for his family inspite of his physical condition. He was a man of faith until the end. He will be terribly missed by so many.

  • Tracy Adams Posted June 20, 2018 4:22 pm

    I have had the pleasure of befriending through social media TJ. I am good friends with his daughter Susan and her beloved family. From what I have seen and read I realised that TJ was a kind and loving gentleman. Even though I have never met TJ face to face but I can see his love through Susan, Brooke and Brianne. Ya all are in my prayers. God Bless. TJ “SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS”.

  • Laverne Silor Posted June 22, 2018 1:42 pm

    Betty, Susan, Mark and all the special grand children. I am so sorry to hear about T. J.’s death. He was a wonderful and very loving person. The love for is family shined like a light from his heart. I know he will be sorely missed by all but he is in the love of is Jesus and suffers no more. I love and miss all of you and hope you will find peace & comfort.

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