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Thomas Y. Lightfoot

Thomas Y. Lightfoot, 80, of Kingsport, passed away on Monday December 20, 2021 after a period of declining health.

Tom was born in Louisville, KY the son of Richard and Mary Lightfoot. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering. In 1965, he began his employment at Tennessee Eastman Company in the Process Improvement Dept. of the Acid Division. Later, he transferred to the Purchasing Division where he worked for the remainder of this 34-year career at Eastman. His areas of responsibility included a brief assignment as Director of Purchasing at Texas Eastman Company with a subsequent transfer back to Kingsport. When he retired, Tom was the Director of Worldwide Indirect Materials & Services for Eastman Chemical Company.

Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Lightfoot; daughters Elizabeth Tucker (Glen) and Ruth Adams; grandchildren Matthew, Hannah and Sarah Jane; great-grandchildren George and Luke; and a brother Richard Lightfoot.

Tom was known by the young people in his family and church as “Boomer”. He spent his early retirement years working with the youth at First Presbyterian Church, where many of the kids (now grown) have fond memories of thumb wrestling with him. He also enjoyed playing golf with his buddies and spending time with his grandchildren. Tom always made it a habit to smile and speak to everyone, and usually remembered their names.

There will be a family service on Monday, December 27, 2021 and Tom will be inurned at the columbarium at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport, 100 W. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660; to Holston Presbytery Camp, P.O. Box 28, Banner Elk, NC 28604; or to a favorite charity.

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We are remembering your family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I always enjoyed working with Tom and appreciated his character and integrity. May God comfort and bless you in the coming days.

Terry Begley Dec 27 2021 5:13 PM

My deepest condolences to the entire family. I was Ruth's classmate @ Miller Perry. Though I haven't seen her since then, I have very fond memories of her & often wondered what became of her. God Bless You & give you the much needed strength, peace and comfort in the days ahead

Angie Mackie Dec 26 2021 9:25 AM

Dorothy, Ruth, and family, we are so heart broken to hear the news. Boomer was such a bright light and a wonderful man to all that knew him. We have so many wonderful memories from being your neighbors, you all were such a blessing to us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Anne Peters Dec 25 2021 3:20 PM

Dorothy, Liz and Ruth, Stan and I are so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. We have fond memories of your time with us in Texas and of our time with you in Tennessee. Our prayers are with you.

Judy Murff Dec 24 2021 1:47 PM

Tom and I lived on Watauga Street in 1965. Dorothy, I was there when he called you to make a first date. He never looked back. I am so sorry. He was a good friend. I'm praying for your comfort. Jim Weaver

Jim Weaver Dec 23 2021 8:04 PM

Very saddened by this news. I had the honor to work for Tom for many years. What a great man and inspiring leader. Prayers for the Lightfoot family.

Mike Gonce Dec 23 2021 1:32 PM

I am so sorry to hear the news about Tom. He was such a wonderful person. Sometimes after he and some of the senior golfers had played golf, they would come by our house and spend some time socializing and recounting their golf adventures of the day. You've never heard such tales. Tom was always the life of the "party." How I cherish those wonderful memories. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Spurgeon Dec 23 2021 8:30 AM

I am so sorry to hear the news about Tom. I will always remember him as a kind, friendly and smiling Atherton classmate. Please know that You and your family are in my prayers.

Lyne Williams Tussey Dec 23 2021 7:15 AM

Tom brought a young engineer out of the plant at Texas Eastman in 1980 and placed him in purchasing. I spent the remainder of my 40 years with Eastman in that area I always have fond memories of Tom and Dorothy. When Tom came back to Kingsport we had a going away party and we all dressed in khaki pants and a blue button down dress shirt. That was Tom's official dress code in Texas. My prayers go out to the family. May God bless you and keep you.

David Raden Dec 23 2021 6:48 AM

My children loved youth group at FPC because Tom made it fun. He mentored so many of our FPC children and they had so much trust in him. It was a honor and pleasure to have kinown him and have him in our lives.

Greta Robinette Dec 22 2021 5:44 PM

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