Thomas Plear was born on July 4, 1927, in Weeksbury, Kentucky to the late Jesse and Clemmie Plear. He had a large, loving family, growing up as the 11th of 12 children. He learned the importance of hard work, compassion and camaraderie from his parents - a lesson that he would carry with him throughout his life.
He attended Palmer Dunbar High School and was active in a variety of sports. He also enjoyed singing and was part of the school’s choir. In 1950, Thomas enlisted in the United States Army was deployed to the Korean War where he served in various capacities for two years. He proved himself an invaluable asset to the war effort, demonstrating bravery and a strong commitment to the safety of his fellow soldiers.
After his return from the war, Thomas was determined to continue his education. He enrolled at Tennessee State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture. Ted's love of the land and his desire to make a difference in the world drove him to pursue that field, where he could put his knowledge and skills to use helping others.
Thomas enjoyed a fulfilling career at the United States Post Office in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked for nearly 40 years. His hard work and diligence were recognized through several awards from his colleagues and superiors. He was commended for his exceptional work ethic, commitment to customer service, and ability to work well under pressure. Thomas was a model employee and his dedication to the post office will always be remembered.
Thomas was a devoted family man who cherished his late wife, Annie, and their two children, Terri and Thomas. Thomas and Annie had been married for almost 50 years, and their love was a testament to the strength of their relationship.
Thomas and Annie were true partners in every sense of the word. They supported each other through thick and thin, and Thomas always put Annie's needs and wants before his own. Annie was the love of his life, and he made sure she knew it every day. Thomas always made time for his family. He was a dedicated and loving father who was always there to support his children, no matter what. He instilled in them the importance of faith, hard work, and education.
Thomas was a dedicated and active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for over 60 years. His commitment to his faith was unwavering, and he was always eager to lend a hand to ensure that the church ran smoothly. Ted was known as the go-to person for any task that needed to be done.
His love for the church was evident in his actions. He spent countless hours volunteering his time and expertise to help with a variety of projects. He was a long-time member of the Men of St. Andrew's. You could often find him working hard at the pancake supper, mowing the lawn, or trimming hedges.
Thomas's commitment to the church's pantry was another example of his selfless dedication. He took great pride in ensuring that the pantry was well-stocked, and he often went above and beyond to provide fresh produce and other food items to those in need.
Thomas had a natural talent for cooking and loved experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen. He was especially skilled at preparing hearty meals for his family and friends, and his baked beans were always in high demand at family gatherings. He was also an avid sports fan, and he enjoyed watching football, basketball, and baseball. he made sure he watched every game he could.
In addition to his love for cooking and sports, Thomas was also a dedicated outdoor enthusiast. He took great pride in his lawn and spent countless hours tending to it to ensure that it was always lush and green. He was committed to his lawn service and could be seen cutting grass all over town.
His true passion, however, was his farm. Thomas took great pride in growing fresh produce for his family and friends, and his sweet potatoes were simply legendary. Thomas would often spend hours tending to his crops, carefully nurturing them to ensure that they were of the highest quality. He would often share his harvest with others, bringing baskets of fresh produce to church events and community gatherings.
Thomas's love for cooking, sports, and the outdoors, as well as his dedication to his farm and his community, will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His legacy as a hardworking and generous man will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of those who loved him.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his children, Terri and Thomas, four sisters-in-law, Irene Plear, Sophia Plear, Mary Lee Felton, and Shirley Felton, one brother-in-law, James Felton, Jr, all of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a host of relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Clemmie Plear, His wife Annie Louise Plear, and all eleven of his siblings, Beatrice Mitchell, Lessie Bullard, Odessa Tyler, Jesse Davis Plear, Sarah Scott, Dennis Plear, John Henry Plear, Wilbur Plear, Ernest Plear, Cleophas Plear, and Samuel Plear.
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