William Thomas “Tommy” Mankins

William Thomas “Tommy” Mankins, 74, of Dundee, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011, after a final bout with cancer.  The funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2011, in the chapel of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home with Wayne Sharp and Roger Deerinwater officiating.  Interment followed at Dundee Cemetery under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Tommy was born August 23, 1937, to the late Willie R. and Joelene Thomas Mankins and reared on a farm and ranch in Dundee, Texas.  He was a 1955 graduate of Holliday High School in Holliday.  He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1959 with a degree in animal husbandry.  He was a lifelong member of Dundee Baptist Church where he served as deacon.

Tommy married his high school sweetheart, Linda Lou Lester, on August 28, 1958.  After college graduation heand Linda returned to Dundee to farm and ranch.  Together, they reared their four children:  Mark of Olney; Joel of Windthorst; Leslie Bradley of Fort Worth; and Laurie Martin of Saint Jo.

Stewardship is an apt word to describe Tommy.  As a steward of the land, he was a dedicated servant to his profession and lifestyle, taking care of the resources God had entrusted to him.  To his wife and children, and to extended family and friends in the community, he was fully devoted, whether walking alongside through difficult circumstances or celebrating milestones or just enjoying the fellowship of the relationships that brought such richness to his life.  He was a No. 1 fan and supporter of his kids and then his grandkids, traveling all across the state to cheer them on.  He served his community through leadership on various boards and committees, including Holliday ISD school board, Dundee Cemetery Association, and the Wichita Valley Water Supply Board.  He leaves behind family, friends, and community forever changed by his presence in their lives.
In addition to his wife and children, Tommy is survived by grandchildren Lynsey Mankins McCormick and husband Michael of Brownwood, Ryan and Reed Mankin and their mother Judy Mankins of Olney; L.Cpl Jerod and his wife Devynn, Derek and Andrea and their mother Carla Mankins of Windthorst; Will, Jacob, Adam, and Matthew Bradley and their father John of Fort Worth; and Emma and Sam Martin and their father Mike of Saint Jo.  He also is survived by his sister Nancy Jo Hubbard of Euless and sisters-in-law Freddie Jean Hewitt of Holliday and Janell Lester of Anadarko, Oklahoma, and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of dear friends.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday for visitation.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Dundee Cemetery Association Fence Fund.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lunnscolonial.com.

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