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Tommy Fleming, 82, longtime resident of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on March 4, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Liberty Baptist Church in Bridge City, Texas.  Officiating will be Reverend Jeremy Bradshaw, Reverend Terry Wright, and Reverend Bill Collier. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Born in Rodessa, Louisiana on August 31, 1936 and raised in East Texas, he was the son of N.D. Fleming and Ollie Jane (Davenport) Fleming. Tommy began working in the Fire Brigade at Jefferson Chemical, which went on to become Huntsman, when he was 21 years old and spent 44 loyal years there as well as serving in the United States Airforce Reserves for 8 years. He was called the “Buna Flash” for being a very fast runner. He loved sports and played basketball at his church and the Industrial League as well as coaching basketball, softball, baseball, and football. Tommy was a big Astro’s fan and has attended several games at the Dome and Minutemaid stadiums; he was thrilled when they won the World Series in 2017. He enjoyed spending time camping, vacationing, and going on road trips with his favorite people, his family. He was a sharp dresser and always had a smile on his face, as well as being a very loyal Christian man who loved his church family. Tommy was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family dearly. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, N.D. and Ollie Fleming; and his brothers, C.R. Fleming and James Fleming.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 60 years, Dianne Nonus Fleming; children, Jill Stacy and husband Terry, of Houston, George Fleming, II, of Bridge City, Nancy Borne, of Lumberton, Cathy Keel and husband Rick, of Webster, and Jay Nonus Fleming, of Lumberton; grandchildren, George Fleming, III, Kyle Gillam and wife Julianne, Dalton Borne, Rachel Keel, Jackson Keel, Ashley Cromika and husband Michael, Eden Tugade, and Cheryl Tugade; great-grandchildren, Grace and Gavin Cromika; sisters, Darlene Shaw and Norma Byous; and many nieces, nephews, and other loving family. In addition to family, Tommy was privileged to have the most wonderful and caring neighbors who were also considered family.

Serving as pallbearers will be Drew Nonus, Jackson Keel, Cody Citrano, George Fleming, III, Kyle Gillam, Dalton Borne, Jacob Almack, and Thomas Keel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society at PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to a charity of your choice.