Monday, October 12, 2009

1SGT Thomas L. Workman Sr.

1SGT Thomas L. Workman was born on July 23, 1937 at Baxter, West Virginia. He passed away on October 6, 2009, at his residence in Copperas Cove, Texas.

1SGT Workman served his country in the United States Army from August 20, 1955 until August 31, 1982 when he retired as a First Sergeant. His many military decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Service Ribbon and the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was the All American Commander of VFW Post 8577 from 1990 until 1992. He enjoyed dancing, bowling, traveling, camping and spending time with his family.

Funeral services were held for 1SGT Workman on October 12 at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Patriot Guard Riders rode their motorcycles to the funeral home and formed a line of American Flags at the front entrance to welcome the family and friends of this American hero.

The Riders then rode in the procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen for interment ceremonies. There, a line of American Flags was formed along the roadway at the committal shelter. This line then wrapped around the committal shelter during the rendering of final services and full military honors. The honors included the firing of three volleys of fire, playing of taps and folding of the American Flag and presentation to his wife.

1SGT Workman was laid to rest, under cloudy skies, on the grassy plain of the cemetery as the American Flag flew at half staff, on the hill of the cemetery, in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a son, two daughters and numerous other family members and friends.

(with thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information.)

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