Billie Wilhite Tom

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ANDREWS - Billie Wilhite Tom, 91 of Andrews, died Nov. 11, 2016, in Andrews. Services were Nov. 15, at the Andrews Church of Christ in Andrews with Leslie Boone and John Snider officiating. Private interment followed at the Andrews West Cemetery under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home. She was born on Jan. 4, 1925, to Alton T. Wilhite and Bonnie Mae Buchan Wilhite. She was raised in Monahans and graduated from Monahans High School in 1942. Following high school, she attended Tarleton College, where she met George “Sonny” Ellison Tom, Jr. They married four years later on Feb. 1, 1947, in Monahans. They were living in Fort Worth when their first son, George Ellison “Snuffy” Tom, III, was born in 1949. They returned “home” to West Texas in 1950, and they became the third generation of the Tom family to ranch in Andrews County. They also had ranching interest in Gaines and Upton counties in Texas and Eddy County in New Mexico. Their second son, William Edward “Bill” Tom was born in 1955. They were previous owners of Andrews Lumber Company and current owners of Kinney, Inc. in Andrews. She held many memberships with various organizations in Andrews, including the Andrews Chamber of Commerce and the Andrews County Historical Committee, where she served on the Heritage Book Commission. She was instrumental in starting Friends of the Andrews County Library, where she also served as a board member. She was a member of the Permian Regional Medical Center Auxiliary – “Pink Ladies”, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, member of a local bridge club for many years, and a past member of the Progressive Study Club. She was awarded Citizen of the Year in 1978 by the Andrews Chamber of Commerce. She took great pride in the family’s ranching heritage and stewardship of the land. In her spare time, she loved to garden, read and travel. She was a member of the Andrews Church of Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Ellison “Sonny” Tom, Jr., sons, George Ellison “Snuffy” Tom, III and William Edward “Bill” Tom, and her brother, Alton Wilhite. She is survived by longtime close family friend, Edward Saldivar of Andrews, four grandchildren, Grant Tom of New Orleans, LA, Leigh Hensley and husband Tony of Rapid City, SD, Courtney Tom of Lewisburg, TN, and Chris Tom and wife Michaeli of Andrews, and six great grandchildren.

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