Thomas Carlton “Tom” Blake, 89, died Monday, April 8, 2013, in Fort Smith. Born March 18, 1924, in Brenham, Texas, to Taul Clymer and Mabel (Wright) Blake, Tom was a 1942 Brenham High School graduate and attended Blinn College. On March 5, 1977, he married Marjorie Dahms. Tom’s early journalist years and lifelong occupation began as a reporter and sports editor for Brenham Banner Press and radio station KWHI from 1945-60. He was sports information director at Texas A&M University from 1960-63 and was city hall reporter, regional editor and columnist at Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith from January 1964 to July 1, 1992, when he retired. Memberships and honors include Texas Sports Writers Association; chairman of TSWA Class AA high school all-state football teams, 1948-54; Brenham Maifest Hall of Fame, inducted 1998; Spirit of the Frontier award City of Fort Smith, 1999; and Brenham High School Football Hall of Honor, inducted 2000. He served on the administrative boards at both Brenham, 1924-64, and Fort Smith First United Methodist churches. Preceding him in death were his parents and a son, Thomas Carlton Blake Jr.
Surviving family members include his wife, Marjorie Dahms Blake of Fort Smith; a son, Kelly Blake of Greenwood; daughters, Elizabeth “Betsy” Berrier of Fayetteville and Nancy Blake of Cumming, Ga.; stepdaughters, Sandra Jones and Patty Smith of Fort Smith and Becky Hargrove of Rogers; a stepson, Donnie Howell of Claremore, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Tiger.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham, Texas, with the Rev. Dale Chance officiating. Interment was at Prairie Lea Cemetery.
Pallbearers include John Barnhill Jr., William “Bill” Bosse, Eugene “Gene” Bredthauer, Arthur Al Geick, A.W. Hodde, Don Jones, Elroy Kiecke, Ed Kruse, Howard Kruse, Norwood Lange, Reese Lockett Jr., Dan O’Malley, Pierre Roberts, James Ullrich, Eddie Van Dyke and Homer Borgstedte.
Service is in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham.
Condolences may be sent to www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.