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Tommy Glisson

June 19, 1934 — January 8, 2018

CARBONDALE – Tommy Glisson, 83, of Carbondale, passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.    

   Tommy was born on June 19, 1934 to Tommy and Velma Nannie (Hartley) Halstead in Carbondale.  On April 25, 1964 Tommy was united in marriage with Bonnie Kay (Gwaltney) Glisson.   

  Tommy is survived by his wife Bonnie Glisson of Carbondale; three daughters, Ellen “Roxanne” and Richard Conley of Carbondale, Mary Jane (Glisson) Ekstrand and fiance Kenneth Keller of Carbondale, Rebecca “Becky” Sue (Glisson) and Gregory George Borowitz, Jr. of Carbondale; 11 grandchildren, Robin Ann (Conley) and Skip Cutting, Brett Daniel and Rachel Conley, Curtis Matthew Conley, Derek Michael Conley, Aaron Jordan Ekstrand, Sarah Caroline Ekstrand, Caleb Thomas Ekstrand, Jacob Kennedy Ekstrand, Isaac Martin Ekstrand, Hannah Olivia Borowitz and Liesel Berget Borowitz; three great-grandchildren, Adrienne Claire Conley, Brandon Clark Conley and Alexandria Allise Cutting; Aunts, Katherine (Glisson) Mitcheff and Fanny (Glisson) Menckowski; many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.  

   Tommy is preceded in death by his parents; Uncles, Gene Mitcheff, Steve Menckowski, Walter (Ann) Glisson, John (Tillie) Glisson, Earl (Louise) Glisson, Russell (Louise) Hartley; Aunts, Hazel Glisson (Oscar) Landsford and Etta Glisson (Earl) Worley.     

   Tommy proudly served his country in the United States Army from October 5, 1953 to October 4, 1955.   

   Tommy had an amazing work ethic beginning at age eight and had 26 jobs, including the United States Postal Service, over his lifetime.  Tommy built and owned rental properties, G&R, for over 54 years.  He was an avid sports fan, especially watching Saluki and Grinnell College basketball.   Tommy also wanted to attend any activities in which his grandchildren were involved.  

   We will forever carry with us the love, wisdom and laughter he gave us.  Tommy will be deeply missed as he was loved by so many, especially those in his Fraternal Memberships.  Some of these included the Moose, Eagles and Elks Lodges, and American Legion Post 127.  

   Visitation will be from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale.  Funeral services for Tommy will be held immediately after visitation at the funeral home with Rev. Robert Gray officiating.  Private entombment will be held at a later date in Oakland Cemetery.  

   Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and can be made to American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.   If you would like to share a story or memory of Tommy please visit  )

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