Tommy Edward Crisp was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He left this world on November 4, 2020 at the age of 84. His battle with Parkinson’s disease in recent years showed his courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile and good sense of humor. In the end, his body was weakened by pneumonia and covid 19. He passed surrounded by his loving family who adored him.
He was born to Hayden and Josephine Crisp in 1936. Upon graduating, Tommy joined the U.S. Army and served his Country in the Korean Conflict as well as the Vietnam War. He retired from the military as a Sargent First Class after 20 years of service. He then embarked upon his next career at Southwestern Bell Telephone as a line engineer manager.
Later in life he married his true love, D. Mardee Reeves. They celebrated 38 years of marriage in May. He is survived by his wife Mardee; his children son Eddie Crisp and wife Sunny, daughter Virginia Crisp, sons Howard Crisp and wife Kim, Tim Crisp and wife Barbara, Robert Crisp, David Crisp and wife Cindy; stepson Pat Reeves and wife Kim, stepdaughter Lynn Chomosh and husband Chris; 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Jim Crisp and his wife Sue, H.O. Crisp; sister-in-law Robbie Crisp; nephew James Crisp; and nieces Glenda Pickrell, Patty Cook, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Glenn, Howard Owen; sisters Virginia, Beatrice; and daughter-in-law Angela Crisp.
Passionate about gardening, Tommy’s flowers and vegetable gardens were the envy of all who knew him. He was an avid golfer, loved fishing, taking his family boating, and watching the Sooners play football. He volunteered with Special Olympics and loved working the Tulsa State Fair. Tommy was a kind, generous and gentle man known for his quick wit and helping hand.
Tommy will be remembered at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens, 801 S. Normal Ave, Claremore, OK 74017 on November 10, 2020. Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Oakhaven Chapel followed by a graveside ceremony.
Those who wish to remember Tommy in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Claremore Veterans Center.
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