Bell Funeral Home Sumiton: Obituaries

Bell Funeral Home Sumiton

Thomas E. Langston Thomas E. Langston
(December 25, 1929 - April 7, 2013)

U.S. Veteran

Mr. Thomas E. Langston, age 83 of Dora passed from this life on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center East.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Bell Sumiton Chapel with burial in Pleasant Hill Church of Christ Cemetery in Corner.  Earl Barnett will officiate.  Visitation will be 12:00 to 2:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Langston was born December 25, 1929 to Tom and Annie Langston.  He was raised in Littleton, AL where he developed a love for all types of sports plus fishing and hunting.  He was recognized for his athletic ability early in life, such as being named All-State in basketball in 1948.  During his time as a Corner High School student the basketball team won a state championship, and they were always competitive. 

After graduation from Corner he attended Ole Miss on a football scholarship.  His time at Ole Miss was cut short due to having to serve his country during the Korean Conflict.  Following his discharge Tom attended Jacksonville University, also on a football scholarship.  He lettered in three sports and was named one of the Centennial Athletes at Jacksonville and he was later named to the football team of the first 100 years of football at JSU. He was also named to the Corner High School Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, Tom taught and coached at Cordova High School for three years and then returned to his alma mater.  These were good years when Tom and his good friend, Marvin Rice worked together.  They were privileged to have some time with their old coach, Percy Vines. 

When Tom started playing golf he became an avid player and played as long as his health allowed.  He finished his teaching career at Bagley Junior High School.

He was a faithful member of Old Victory Church of Christ.  He was a compassionate man, easily touched by the troubles of others.  Preceding him in death were his beloved daughter, Janet, his parents, his brothers, Wilson, Jack, and Dick, and his brother-in-law, Zip McLain.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Nettie Grace; his son, Tommy; his sister, Jimmie Sue McLain; Margaret Dunn who adopted the Langston family; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.