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Thomas Barksdale Jr.

Thomas Walter Barksdale, Jr.Gray CourtThomas Walter Barksdale, Jr., 98, of Gray Court and husband of the late Ruby Red Barksdale, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017.Born in Gray Court, he was the son of the late Thomas Walter Barksdale, Sr. and Maude Bolt Barksdale. A U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of WW II, he was a POW in German Stalag 17 B after his plane was shot down. Mr. Barksdale worked for Southern States Lumber Co. for 50 years and also for Pearson Photo Service. A member of Highland Home Baptist Church, he was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.He is survived by: his children, Susan B. Benton and husband Joseph of Mt. Pleasant and Kittie B. Bagwell and husband Kevin of Gray Court; grandchildren, Joy Clayton, Thomas Benton, Todd Benton, and Matthew Benton; and great grandchildren, Jordan Childs, Makayla Childs, Chelsea Childs, Haley Stapleton, Dakotah Benton, and Rita Benton.In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by: a son, Thomas Walter Barksdale, III and a grandson, Chip Childs.Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Highland Home Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Ben Rumph and Rev. Billy Cathcart with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Military Honors.The family will be at the home of his daughter, 103 Farriers Trail, Gray Court, SC 29645, and will receive friends Saturday, December 30, 2017, at The Kennedy Mortuary from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.The family wishes to thank David Turner for his love and care of Mr. Barksdale during his later years.Memorials may be made to Highland Home Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 283, Gray Court, SC 29645.Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Thomas Barksdale Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Forest Lawn Cemetery
765 East Main Street
Laurens, SC, 29360


DEC 30. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

The Kennedy Mortuary

606 West Main Street PO Box 282

Laurens, SC, 29360



DEC 31. 2:00 PM (EST)

Highland Home Baptist Church

200 Equinox Dr.

Gray Court, SC

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Susan & Kitty - so sorry to hear about Mr. Tom. I recalled so many good memories -he and Ruby use to hold hands in church every Sunday - I also remember going home with you from church on Sundays and playing - Mr. Tom was one of a kind man - he was kind, loving, compassionate and always thought of others - he was an awesome person and I know you both will miss him dearly but he lived a good long life and is now reunited with Ruby & little Tommie. Will pray for God to give you strength & peace during this difficult time. I wanted to come to the visitation & funeral but ended up with flu like symptoms and didn't want to give it to anyone - hate I didn't get to see you both - love in Christ - Anne Riddle Lawrence

Anne Riddle Lawrence Jan 1 2018 12:00 AM

Tommy lived a long and fruitful life.Used to see him in town and handled some of his insurance in the country.I have vivid memories of his attention to Laurens Cemetery to make it suitable for visitors coming to see relatives and friends in eternal rest.RIP brother,John Wasson,Seabrook Island,S.C.

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I know Chip is smiling ear to ear when he saw his papa walk through those pearly gates..prayers for the family. He was a awesome man!!

Susan Lynne Hurley Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

Mama Kittie my heart breaks for you and the grandchildren. Y'all have been through so much. But I can only imagine the joy and happiness when papa and Chip were reunited. We love y'all and are sending lots of prayers.

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