Mechanic 02

Gary Dean Thomas

November 12, 1958 ~ July 12, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old


Gary Dean Thomas, 64, of Woodbury passed away July 12, 2023 suddenly at St. Thomas Stones River ER.  Born in Cannon Co., he was the son of the late, Mallcolm and Jean Wilson Thomas.  He was a graduate of Woodbury Central High School, Class of 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane Tenpenny Thomas of Bradyville; daughter and son-in-law, Treva and Roy Moss of Woodbury; grandchildren, Cheyanne and Olivia Moss of Woodbury; siblings, Larry (Anita) Thomas of Auburntown, Patricia (Terry) Pirtle, Teresa (Jeff) Tenpenny and Melissa (Tony) Burnett all of Woodbury, Kellee (Hunter) Fite of Lascassas; nieces and nephews, Jessica Thomas, Rebecca (Adam) Factor, Jeremy Thomas, Chris (Tammy) Pirtle, Alex (Sarah) Tenpenny, Grady (Alexis) Tenpenny and Thomas (Amber) Burnett; uncle, Jerry Farless of Bradyville and the best boss ever, Robert Kelly of Bradyville.

Also surviving are several great nieces and nephews, customers and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, G.L. & Jerry Ann Tenpenny.

A member of the Baptist church, he was an auto mechanic.  Gary considered himself “The Car Doctor” as his patients were cars.  He loved spending his time in his garage, working on cars, fishing and doing yard work.  Gary was honest to a fault and fiercely loved his family.

Memorial visitation will be Thursday, July 20, 2023 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist church of Woodbury.  His family request casual dress as that is what Gary would want.

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Memorial Visitation
July 20, 2023

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1st Baptist Church, Woodbury


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