Mr. Whitlow retired as the director of procurement for DISA at Scott Air Force Base, IL. He was a member of First Baptist Church, O’Fallon, IL. Tom was an aviation and sailboat enthusiast, a collector of antique farm equipment, and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, George and Vera, nee Wilkerson, Whitlow; and a sister and brother-in-law, Rosa and Charles Vernon Unger.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Rachael Whitlow of Beckemeyer, IL;
a grandson, Porter Whitlow;
and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the KIDS Life Ministry at First Baptist Church in O’Fallon, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, October 29, 2015, at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 1111 East Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Munton officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Gary and family. I was sorry to hear that Tom had passed. I will always remember him with fondness. I hope you and your family have the best of memories to keep in your hearts. He was a good man.
Rosemary, Edwardsville, IL,
Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in the Civilian Personnel Office, building 50, 201 W Winter St, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call either of our Service Officers, Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819, for immediate assistance if required.
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019, Mascoutah, IL, 62258
Gary and Family – So sorry for your loss. We always thought a lot of your Dad and his dear mother Vera. I know he will be greatly missed by you all; and I am so sorry that Porter will not be able to have his grandfather here as he matures more each year. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish all the memories. Susan (Nancy Ramsey’s Daughter)
Susan Ramsey Scearce, South Boston, VA, 24592
Gary, Rachael and Porter It is with great sadness to learn of your Dad’s passing on to Glory. Your dad was a very dear friend, superior, and Brother in Christ Jesus. Gary the last time I talked to him, he was so proud of you and Rachael as parents. Please tell Porter that Grandpa truly loved him and felt he was really blessed with such a wonderful Grandson.
Tom and I go way back to early years when he had just gotten out of the Air Force. I can recount many times when he and I met for prayer, especially, when he was going through troubles, sorrow, that shook his very being. Gary and Rachael your dad always loved you and wanted the very best for you. I loved him like a brother. Tom was a man that kept many things inside, and did not discuss them with just anyone. I am so thankful that he trusted me enough to discuss the things of life with me that were important. Gary and Rachael I praise God for having the opportunity to perform the Marriage Ceremony for you two. Now I ask God through Jesus Christ that He will send the Holy Comfort to comfort you during this time of sorrow,
Take Care Children, in the lonely days to come, please turn to Jesus Christ for an everlasting help in this time of need. “Cast all your cares on Jesus for he loves and cares for you.”
Gary and Rachael I send this with much love and tears.
Elder, Arland L. Lester, SR
Reverend, Arland (LES) Lester SR, Belleville, Illinois,
Gary: I am so sorry about your dad. We always loved having him and Aunt Vera come for a visit. I
know you are really going to miss him. Sorry we lived so far that we did not get to visit often. Praying for you in the days ahead. Love and prayers.
Nancy M. Ramsey, South Boston, Virginia, 24592