Thomas Matthew Slightom 89, of Carlinville, IL passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 3:50 P.M. at HSHS St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, IL.
He was born on June 20, 1933 in Gillespie, IL a son of the late Miles Franklin & Esther Loretta (Whitfield) Slightom.
Tom graduated Litchfield High School and married his high school sweetheart, Ruby Roberson on October 20, 1953 in Litchfield, IL. And she preceded him in death on August 6, 2003.
Mr. Slightom was a Veteran of the United States Air Force for 4 years and was stationed in Virginia during the Korean War. Upon his immediate return from the service, Tom began working as an air plane mechanic for McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamic and traveled to several different missile sites. He then transitioned to a John Deere Tractor mechanic and later farmed in the Macoupin County area. He raised livestock, hogs, and was a grain farmer.
Tom enjoyed bowling, golfing, and gambling. He was a proud story teller of his “Hole in One” at the Litchfield Country Club. A story that he always told to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his
Daughters, Patricia (Tony) Brooks of Greenville, IL, Pamela (Don) Volentine of Litchfield, IL, Paulette (Denny) Prange of Litchfield, IL, Penny (Rod) Grosenheider of Litchfield, IL & Peggy (Craig) Wise of Springfield, IL
Grandchildren, Megan, Aaron, Kim, Dale, Josh, Jake, Joe, Holly, & Tommy
1 great-great- granddaughter & one on the way.
Several nieces and nephews.
Sisters-in-law Mabel Bell & Lavern Slightom
He was preceded in death by his 9 brothers and sisters; Donald Slightom, Dean Slightom, Donnis Pettijohn, Dwight Slightom, Dwayne Slightom, Darrell Slightom, Cora Wolff, Shirley Carroll, & Carol Boehme & 1 great-grandson, Grayson Junk in infancy.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at the Litchfield Family Funeral Service in Litchfield, IL. Pastor Timothy Barbee, minister of the Christian Church of Litchfield will officiate. Visitation will be held Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield, IL. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the ST. Jude’s Children Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project.