Thomas “Tom” Allen Nance passed away on February 25, 2022 at the age of 75, in the
town of Jacksonville, Florida. His battle with COVID and the serious medical issues it
caused showed his courage in facing life challenges and his determination to do all he
could to overcome.
Tom was born September 25, 1946 in Carlinville, Illinois. After school, he joined the
United States Army, where he spent 10 years serving his country.
Tom retired from the Fire Department after 20 years of service to Belton, Texas and
lived to love his grandchildren. He was a proud Texan and said it would take a case of
Dynamite to get him out of Texas. That case of dynamite showed up when his daughter
Codie and her family moved to Florida. His love and adoration for his granddaughters
led him to move to Florida to be close to them.
Tom worked as a maintenance man in the Ruis Mobile Home park in Baldwin, Florida.
In the mornings, he would take his granddaughters to school at Bryceville Elementary,
where he would assist in getting the children out of the car in the parent drop-off area.
He was beloved by the children and staff, who all knew him as “Cowboy Tom”.
Tom was predeceased by his parents Victor and Eunice Petrelli, his brothers Jerry
Nance and Don Nance, and his Granddaughter Amanda Nance.
He is survived by his siblings Rosemary (Gene Hargrave) Tarran of Lake Placid,
Florida, Karen Harbaugh of Carlinville, Illinois, Dale (Jeannie) Nance of Sawyerville,
Illinois, Kenneth (Lynne) Nance of Mt. Claire, Illinois. His children Frank (Jane) Nance of
Temple, Texas, Phillip (Tracy) Nance of Belton, Texas, Tony (Julia) Nance of
Lampasas, Texas, Linda (Rafael) of Belton, Texas, Brenda (Richard) Ellason of Temple,
Texas, Codie (Chris) Abernathy of Bryceville, Florida, and Nathan (Jenna Durfee)
Nance of Temple, Texas. As well as 16 Grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews,
and multiple great grandchildren.
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