In memory of
Thomas Alton Blakeley Jr.
In memory of
Thomas Alton Blakeley Jr.
BLAKELEY, JR., Thomas Alton Thomas Alton Blakeley, Jr., (Tommy), a lifelong Dallas resident and attorney, died on March 31, 2020, at the age of 84. Tommy was born in 1936 in Dallas to Thomas (T.A.) Blakeley, Sr. and Nancy Hines Blakeley. Nancy passed away in 1940 and Tommy, along with his sister Nancy Ann and their father, moved in with their beloved grandmother, Mrs. Sam G. Hines (Memaw). Three years later, they moved to Euclid Avenue where Tommy attended Armstrong Elementary. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1953. In 1957, Tommy obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In Austin, he began playing handball, a sport that he would enjoy for four decades. He was a longtime member of the Dallas YMCA and competed in countless tournaments. He proudly displayed his trophies in his home years after his playing days were over. In 1961, Tommy married Laura Lee Shirley, also of Dallas. They remained happily married for almost sixty years and raised three children: Laura, Carolyn and Kyle. Another child, Scott, died in infancy. Tommy served in the US Army and the US Army Reserves from 1959 to 1963. He completed basic training at Fort Ord near Monterey, California, an area of the country that would always hold a special place in his heart. He was recalled to active duty in August 1961 during the Berlin Wall crisis, receiving his notice the day he and Laura returned from their honeymoon in Carmel, California. After graduation from the University of Texas Law School, Tommy joined the practice of his father (T.A. Blakeley), his uncle (Alex Blakeley), and former U.S. Representative, Ralph Hall. A few years later, he began practicing with Robert (Bob) C. Johnson, Sr., an association that Tommy would cherish for 25 years. Tommy practiced law in Dallas from 1961 through 2014. In addition to his civil trial practice, Tommy was counsel for several Dallas cotton merchants including Reinhart, Inc., and, for several decades, H. Molsen, Co., owned by his best friend since elementary school, Heinz Henry Molsen, Jr. Away from work, Tommy enjoyed yearly ski trips to Colorado with friends and family, fishing, dove hunting, long bike rides around Dallas, and listening to the Rangers on the radio. Tommy was especially passionate about the Rattlers, a soccer team he coached for nearly ten years. The team finished fifth at the National Indoor Championships in both 1986 and 1987. The Highland Park Scots state finalist team in 1987 was made up almost exclusively of his players. More importantly, he was a role model and mentor to dozens of his players over the years. Tommy is survived by his loving wife Laura Shirley Blakeley; daughter Laura Sexton of Dallas and her husband, David; daughter Carolyn Greaves of Dallas and her husband, Loren; son Kyle Blakeley of Baltimore and his wife, Jaishri; sister Nancy Ruff of Longview and her husband, Jon; grandchildren Blakeley Cozby Payne of Houston and her husband, Sam, Emily Greaves, Rebecca Greaves, Roan Blakeley and Asher Blakeley; and cousins Johnny Griffiths, Cole Stephens, Carolyn Patterson Polan, Delia Patterson Smith, Susan Hines Berryhill and Sam Patterson. Due to current CDC restrictions, the funeral will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if so desired, may be directed to the Dallas YMCA.
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In memory of
Thomas Alton Blakeley Jr.
BLAKELEY, JR., Thomas Alton Thomas Alton Blakeley, Jr., (Tommy), a lifelong Dallas resident and attorney, died on March 31, 2020, at the age of 84. Tommy was born in 1936 in Dallas to Thomas (T.A.) Blakeley, Sr. and Nancy Hines Blakeley. Nancy passed away in 1940 and Tommy, along with his sister Nancy Ann and their father, moved in with their beloved grandmother, Mrs. Sam G. Hines (Memaw). Three years later, they moved to Euclid Avenue where Tommy attended Armstrong Elementary. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1953. In 1957, Tommy obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In Austin, he began playing handball, a sport that he would enjoy for four decades. He was a longtime member of the Dallas YMCA and competed in countless tournaments. He proudly displayed his trophies in his home years after his playing days were over. In 1961, Tommy married Laura Lee Shirley, also of Dallas. They remained happily married for almost sixty years and raised three children: Laura, Carolyn and Kyle. Another child, Scott, died in infancy. Tommy served in the US Army and the US Army Reserves from 1959 to 1963. He completed basic training at Fort Ord near Monterey, California, an area of the country that would always hold a special place in his heart. He was recalled to active duty in August 1961 during the Berlin Wall crisis, receiving his notice the day he and Laura returned from their honeymoon in Carmel, California. After graduation from the University of Texas Law School, Tommy joined the practice of his father (T.A. Blakeley), his uncle (Alex Blakeley), and former U.S. Representative, Ralph Hall. A few years later, he began practicing with Robert (Bob) C. Johnson, Sr., an association that Tommy would cherish for 25 years. Tommy practiced law in Dallas from 1961 through 2014. In addition to his civil trial practice, Tommy was counsel for several Dallas cotton merchants including Reinhart, Inc., and, for several decades, H. Molsen, Co., owned by his best friend since elementary school, Heinz Henry Molsen, Jr. Away from work, Tommy enjoyed yearly ski trips to Colorado with friends and family, fishing, dove hunting, long bike rides around Dallas, and listening to the Rangers on the radio. Tommy was especially passionate about the Rattlers, a soccer team he coached for nearly ten years. The team finished fifth at the National Indoor Championships in both 1986 and 1987. The Highland Park Scots state finalist team in 1987 was made up almost exclusively of his players. More importantly, he was a role model and mentor to dozens of his players over the years. Tommy is survived by his loving wife Laura Shirley Blakeley; daughter Laura Sexton of Dallas and her husband, David; daughter Carolyn Greaves of Dallas and her husband, Loren; son Kyle Blakeley of Baltimore and his wife, Jaishri; sister Nancy Ruff of Longview and her husband, Jon; grandchildren Blakeley Cozby Payne of Houston and her husband, Sam, Emily Greaves, Rebecca Greaves, Roan Blakeley and Asher Blakeley; and cousins Johnny Griffiths, Cole Stephens, Carolyn Patterson Polan, Delia Patterson Smith, Susan Hines Berryhill and Sam Patterson. Due to current CDC restrictions, the funeral will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if so desired, may be directed to the Dallas YMCA.
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