Witham, Sr., Thomas Eugene, 82 of Tavares passed away at home on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. Thomas was born on July 21, 1931 in Bloomington, IN and served in the US Army during the Korea war. Thomas was a Chef and he and his wife owned and operated a successful restaurant in St. Petersburg. He enjoyed racing cars and motorcycles, liked to travel and loved people, especially his family. His grandkids were the most important thing in his life. With his daughter Pamela he enjoyed seeing old barns and collecting horses.
Thomas was predeceased by his wife of 49 ½ years Rose and is survived by a Daughter Pamela Rose Cottle (Anson) of Tavares and a son Thomas E. Witham, Jr (Susan) of Newberry, 6 grand children and 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mr. Witham will be held Graveside at 2:00pm on Friday, December 6th at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East, Military Garden of Honor, 3700 SE Hawthorne Rd., Gainesville with a visitation from 12:00-2:00 at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL
I will always be your little girl Daddy ! I miss you and love you. Waiting to see you and Mom again.
You willl always b my hero. You was a great man and you showed me endless love. I just wish I could have spent more time with you. You and mom showed me growing up want family love was about. I admired your dedication to your family and friends. You will always be in my heart.
Your niece Darlene Burton
Love & Miss You Uncle Gene!
Dear Uncle Gene,
The Body dies… but your warm loving Spirit will live forever.
Love always… Carolann
We miss and love you so much, Papa! I know you’re enjoying Heaven now with Meme. As your #2, I will always cherish the bond you and I had and all the time I got to spend with just you. I know you and Meme will be watching over all of us now, and I hope you both watch proudly when little Aaron Thomas makes his entrance into the world! You may not have gotten to meet him, but he will definitely know who his Meme and Papa are and where his name comes from! Rest peacefully Papa, and we will all see you and Meme again one day.
Papa, nothing I can say nor anyone else can say will justify the man you’ve always been. You have made some awesome memories that I can’t what to share with my children. You are very missed WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH PAPA, give meme my love! And its never goodbye ….See ya later.
Papa we will miss u so much you made a difference in so many people’s lives especially your great grandchildren! I know your in a better place and with meme again so until we see each other again I love you with all my heart!
Gene you was a special guy. A heart of gold .you will sadly be missed we love you
Although our paths crossed for only a short time, you left a special mark upon my heart, and within my soul. You are a true inspiration and I will always cherish the memories I do have. God speed Uncle Gene. Until we are together again. I Love you always.
Gene , I will miss you so much… Your smiling face…Your kind words, your wisdom.. You were a hero to me…just like my James… I feel so much comfort knowing your in heaven with him.. I loved you both so very much… Pam and I will keep watch over each other until the day we can be together again with you both… Don`t you forget, besides James, you were my MAIN MAN!!
You may not be my grandpa, but you always made me feel like I was one of your own. You even walked me day the aisle on my special day & I will never forget that. The great grand kids admire you so much you had a way of making each of them feel special in there own way & always show them nothing but love. We will be missed dearly everyday. We LOVE you & can’t wait to see you again with open arms & Cookies of course.