If he did anything right, he said, "I raised 7 kids and they all turned out to be good people, and, they still talk to me!" Tommie Lamarr Fairless was a character in every sense of the word. Wherever the family went, Tommie never met a stranger. Even while standing in line, he would talk with the person standing next to him, and probably try to tell them a joke. Like Will Rogers, Tommie never met a stranger that he didn't like.
Tommie Lamarr Fairless entered this world on August 5, 1935, and immediately made an impact on everyone around him. His little feet made the biggest impact on his family's hearts. He was born and raised in Covington, Oklahoma where he attended school and graduated from Red Rock High School, played basketball, and enjoyed living in a small town. He earned his associates degree from Northern Oklahoma Junior College. After graduating, he worked for over 30 years in sales using his easy-going personality to win the hearts and loyalties of many customers; this made the companies he worked for proud that they hired him.
Tommie was a renaissance man, he wrote poetry, listened to music, loved camping, watched both OSU and OU football, and loved his family with every bit of his huge heart. He was the household timekeeper; every clock in the house had to be in synch with the atomic clock that hung on the wall. He didn't want anyone to be late for any commitment they made. Everywhere he went, he spread laughter and joy, and the smell of Old Spice and Stetson cologne.
Tommie is preceded in death by his parents James and Beula Fairless; brothers James Fairless, Don Fairless, and Ollie Fairless; and sisters, Melba Hopkins, and Alice Hodge. He is survived by his wife Gaynell "Nell" Fairless; sons Greg Fairless, John Fairless, Scott Fairless, and Chris Fairless; daughters Selby Vinecke, Stacey Cates, and Heather Landers; and a host of other relatives and friends, many of whom are here today.
The life of Tommie Fairless will be celebrated on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:00 PM at Ingram, Smith, and Turner Mortuary in Yukon, OK.
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