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Thomas Edward McVey was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Humeston, the son of Everett and Neva Olive (Williams) McVey. Because he suffered from epilepsy he lived in town with his paternal grandmother, Fannie McVey, who became his second mother. He was the eldest of seven sons. Tom graduated from Humeston High School in 1952. Tom was removed from school by the superintendent because his illness was deemed to be too disruptive. A younger brother was also removed from school when he protested too vigorously to the superintendent, who then fell down a flight of steps. After the superintendent left the school, Tom went back to school and earned his degree. He did handy-man and landscaping work for several years before moving to Knoxville in the late 1950s. In Knoxville, Tom worked as a maintenance helper for the Marion County Road Department. He resided with his grandmother until her death in 1975. He overcame many obstacles resulting from his disease helped by family, neighbors, caregivers, and Dr. McKeever. Tom passed away on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics at the age of 84 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Virgil and James, grandmother Fannie McVey and Aunt, Faye Smith. Tom is survived by four brothers: Larry (Patty) McVey of Knoxville, Ronald (Patty) McVey of Moore, Okla., and Alan (Millie) McVey of Baton Rouge, La., and Monte (Laura) McVey of Council Bluffs; and nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. A Funeral Service for Thomas McVey, age 84 of Knoxville, was held on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. A brief visitation prior to the funeral was held with the family. Burial followed in the Lewisburg Cemetery in Humeston. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation. Online condolences can be made at bertrandfuneralhomes.com
Published on  December 3, 2015
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