Glendon Thomas Nicholas was born on the 4th of July, 1952 in Philadelphia Penn. to Glendon T Sr. and Gertrude (Conner) Nicholas. An Edmond, Okla. resident since 1989, Tommy died September 9, 2017 at The Oklahoma Heart Hospital - North surrounded by family and friends. He was 65 years old.
Tommy grew up in Greenville, S.C. and Cape Coral, Fla. During his senior year, he moved with his parents to San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated from Judson High School in 1971. After high school, Tommy met a young lady at a square dance and followed her from San Antonio to her parents' home in Lakewood, Colo. Tommy and Rebecca "Becky" Vawter were married May 4, 1978 in Golden, Colo. and this year celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.
Retiring in 2012, Tommy worked nearly 35 years in the trucking business, driving across the Southwest. Tommy was a quiet person, soft spoken but not shy. He volunteered for many causes, especially for his church. He was also a life-long supporter for the Children's Miracle Network, working as a sound and stage hand for the first Children's Hospital telethon in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Since his last name was Nicholas, Tommy always believed he was pre-destined to play Santa Claus. He spent his retirement years working on his beard and it made his day when a child asked him if he was St. Nicholas.
He loved hot air balloons and often volunteered as a "chase truck" driver in support of OKC area balloonists. Tommy was a member of Edmond Kiwanis and he was selected as this year's Edmond's "Kiwanian of the Year" for helping organize the first Kiwanis "Balloon Glow" event at Mitch Park.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Jeannie Pointer.
He is survived by his wife Becky, his daughters Teresa White and Karen Tate and his special treasures - his three grandkids Kaelynn White, Nathan Tate and Brookelynn Tate. He was also survived by his sisters Judy Foley of Cape Coral, Fla., Beth Nicholas of Albuquerque N.M. and Nancy Cooper of Conway S.C.
A Celebration of Life service with a "4th of July" theme, will be 1 p.m. Sunday September 24, 2017 at the Edmond 7th Day Adventist Church, 4701 E. Danforth, just east of I-35. Pastor T. J. Sands will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your favorite charity.
Published on September 19, 2017