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Thomas Paul Gamelin, 62

Thomas Paul Gamelin, age 62, of Greenbrier, Arkansas passed away in his home surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Tom was born in Munising, Michigan the youngest child of Louis James Sr. and Elizabeth Agnes Gamelin. He has resided in Arkansas since 1978 and was preceded in death by his father and mother, his sister, Judy Monhead of Munising and his brother, Red Gamelin of Conway, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife Sally, his children, Kelly, Kyler, Celeste and Michael and grandchildren, Peyton, Bryce, and Samuel as well as his brothers and sisters: Jim & (Patty) Gamelin of Marionette, Wisconsin, Mary Jo Washam of Mayflower, Arkansas, Patty Whittaker and Bonnie Mannisto of Gray Court, South Carolina, and Bob and (Barb) Gamelin of Munising, Michigan. 

Tom was employed at International Paper in Conway, Arkansas for 29 years, working as a Forklift Operator. He was a dedicated employee who took great pride in his work.  

Family meant everything to Tom and he was the hub by which they revolved. He was a loving husband, caring father, and extraordinary Papa who made every gathering a special event by his incredible, home-cooked meals and his one of a kind personality that radiated love to all those fortunate enough to sit down at his table and be in his presence. 

There will be a celebration of Tom’s life on Friday, April 21st from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Gary and Mary Sherwood of Mount Vernon, Arkansas.

Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Dotty Pitchell Posted April 18, 2017 12:09 PM

    So sorry for.your loss. I worked with Tom at Union Camp, and he nicknamed me trouble. It is a loss for all of us that he is no longer here. But now in a better place. A good man.

  • Bonnie Mannisto Posted April 18, 2017 12:31 PM

    RIP my dear brother. I’m gonna miss you very much. I love you💜💜

  • Lee & Joe Paquette Posted April 18, 2017 12:37 PM

    Remembering Tom as a kind and social person. Sympathy to his entire family

  • Theresa Cota and Rick Posted April 18, 2017 12:49 PM

    Family of Tom so so sorry for your loss my thoughts are with all of you

  • Dean & Teresa Sparkman Posted April 18, 2017 1:22 PM

    Tom, I am honored and blessed to have known you, I will miss you man. I remember the day you and Sally stopped by while looking for y’alls home to purchase. That and others memory’s is what I will remember and take with me. Love you.

    To Sally & the family, I pray that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss and know that Tom is resting in the arms of Lord and Master Jesus Christ. Place your trust in him to bring peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • Ed and Julie goings Posted April 18, 2017 2:08 PM

    R.i.p. Tommy…..thinking and praying for you and your family at this time….

  • Russell Posted April 18, 2017 2:49 PM

    RIP brother

  • Winifred Carol Almand Posted April 18, 2017 3:37 PM

    So sorry for the loss of this wonderful gift from God. Tom was a good friend to all. I worked with Tom at Union Camp/International Paper for several years, he was always willing to help whenever he was asked. I know he will be greatly missed. My fondest memory of Tom is; I had won tickets to a hockey game on the radio and I am not a hockey fan. Tom had came to my desk just after I got back from picking up the tickets and I asked him if he would like them. He said yes, he took his son and a friend an his son. After the game he came and told me how much they enjoyed themselves, but complained about how cold it was. I just laughed and said, well Tom it was a hockey game, they play on ice so what did you expect. He just looked at me and we both just busted out laughing. He truly enjoyed life and I truly enjoyed his friendship.

  • Jo Stbapeter Posted April 18, 2017 4:20 PM

    We hadn’t met but I am a cousin. I remember Red and Judy. We lived above the family in the grey apartments in Munising.
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Cynthia LaMont-Smith Posted April 18, 2017 5:17 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Gone too soon and I am sure will be greatly missed by his family and siblings. Tom sounded like he made a great life for himself after leaving Munising and expanding his curiosity and talent. I am pleased to know he had such a loving family and enjoyed cooking, family, and his grandchildren. My prayers go out to those he left behind. He no longer is in the fight for his life and can now peacefully rest in his makers loving arms.

  • Rhonda Cox Posted April 18, 2017 5:45 PM

    I am glad I got to chat with Tom at one of the last reunions he came home for. As a classmate and friend I send my sincere condolences to all of Tom.s family. May the good Lord put his loving arms around you and carry you through this difficult time.

  • Laura (Alred) Patrick Posted April 18, 2017 6:53 PM

    So many of my childhood memories have you and Mary Jo in them when you lived next door to us in Little Rock years ago. While I ran into you a few times the past couple of years I never knew you were sick. Mary Jo and family I am so very sorry for your loss. Tommy’s smile was contagious and heaven gained a good man. Tell dad hi for me. RIP.

  • James Jones Posted April 18, 2017 9:37 PM

    Tom will be missed by so many. I have worked with him for 25 years at International Paper and he definitely kept us on our toes or laughing until we couldn’t stand it. Tom was an original and now he must fly with the angels. The last 6 years have been hard on him but despite it all the man still had the courage and strength to come to work everyday. May the Lord wrap his arms around all his family and friends and comfort them knowing that Tom gave a good fight and the suffering has ended. Rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ, family and friends that have gone before you. We will miss you my friend!!

  • Ken and Dottie Snyder Posted April 18, 2017 10:02 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Will keep the family in prayer.

  • Sharon Jackson Posted April 19, 2017 11:06 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, Sally and Tom’s children. Tom was one of a kind. I was blessed to have known him and worked with him for many years. RIP

  • Janice Beaudry Nolan Posted April 19, 2017 5:43 PM

    I haven’t seen Tommy for many years, but I remember him so well when I worked at Three Sisters. So sad for the entire family. God bless!

  • Linda Davis Posted April 20, 2017 12:13 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always appreciate Tom and Sally’s kiindness to me over the years.

  • Celeste Phillips Posted April 20, 2017 6:59 PM

    We know that your making all of heaven smile! We feel so blessed to know and love such an amazing bright light, that will forever burn in our hearts. The memories and love you have given us will carry us through. We love you Papa Tom!!!!!!!! Mike, Celeste, and the boys

  • Jessica Linville Posted April 21, 2017 1:03 PM

    Papa Tom your smile will be so missed and never forgotten! You are truly an amazing man as I have gotten to know you over the last several years being Celeste best friend! Watching the love you have poured out to your family and the gift you have given them as being the ‘Best Papa Ever’ can never be replaced! You made the best homemade blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries I have ever had!! I’ll never forget always seeing you at Walmart shopping for groceries, almost every time I was there, I would text Celeste and say “I saw Papa again at Walmart”.. you loved cooking for your family! Every time I saw you there it made me smile! You are already missed so much! Will never forget your amazing Smile, Laugh, Love & your personality and memories you have given to so many!! Love you Papa Tom

  • Bryce phillips Posted December 19, 2017 10:19 AM

    Papa you will be missed by all of us your family and your friends you were the sun in the rain you made every body smile we love you and I know your know not suffering anymore and your with your passed loved ones RIP love you papa from your grandson Bryce

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