September 6, 2011 following a two-year heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones.
Thomas was born in San Antonio, Texas, on May 21, 1924. He is survived by his wife of
twelve years, Audrey (Wimpee) Tope, also of Kerrville. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 54 years, E. Marie (Riley) Tope. Thomas is also survived by four children, Thomas J. Tope, Sr. and his wife Ginger of Kosse, TX, Nancy Sue (Tope) VanderVeen and her husband Jim of Monument, CO, Tinker (Tope) Boos and her husband Reilly of Kerrville, TX, and Terry Tope and his wife Mika of Liberty Hill, TX. He also had four stepchildren by his second marriage, including Randy Wimpee and his wife Amy of College Station, TX, Bill Wimpee and his wife Mary of San Antonio, TX, Bobby Wimpee and his wife Delaina of Waxahachie, TX, and Gay Lynn (Wimpee)
Joseph and her husband Dennis of Buda, TX. In addition, Thomas had sixteen grandchildren,
thirty-three great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and numerous other loving family members and friends.
Thomas earned many awards and scholarships as an outstanding athlete in both his high
school and college years. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, who served his country in World War II. He earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston and had a successful career in the field of Texas education as a former Superintendent of Schools and Executive Director of the Region II Education Service Center in Corpus Christi, TX.
Thomas was a wonderful and loving husband and dad, and a faithful deacon and servant in
many churches where he worshiped over his lifetime. He sacrificially supported many retired ministers and their families and was always willing to help others in need. He loved hunting, fishing, and ranching, but most of all he loved his family and instilled in them values for which they are eternally grateful.
A service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Trinity Baptist
Church, 800 Jackson Blvd. in Kerrville, TX at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at the Mission
Burial Park South, 1700 S.E. Military Drive, The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Young and the staff of
Peterson Hospice of Kerrville for their compassion and loving care during Tom's illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following: Peterson Hospice of
Kerrville, the American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting
the "Send Condolences" link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.