Thomas Lee Bean, 85, of Crossville, passed away peacefully on Oct. 25, 2016. He was born a twin (James Adams Bean) in Crossville.
Tom is survived by his wife, Peggy Taylor Bean; daughter, Kathryn Jane Bean of Nashville, TN; son, Thomas Carlise Bean and wife Marsha Hassler Bean of Bean & Associates; and twin brother, James Adams Bean and wife Lynn, all of Crossville.
In addition to his parents, Charlie and Eva Stanley Bean, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bob; sisters Ann Tollett and Jackie Murray; and three infant children.
Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 27, and funeral services on Friday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. at Bilbrey Funeral Home with burial at Crossville City Cemetery. Officiating the service is the Rev. Jerry Mayo with music by Julia Stone Burgess and Ann Looney. Pallbearers include local attorneys Jimmy Smith, Lanny Colvard, Tom Looney, Joe Looney, Phillip Burnett and Randy York.
Tom, a lifelong resident of Crossville, proudly served four years in the United States Air Force, including a one-year tour of duty in Korea. After receiving an honorable discharge, along with Jim, he pursued a college degree from Belmont College in Nashville, TN. He received his degree in business administration.
He and Jim were then awarded congressional appointments from to Annapolis from Sen. Estes Kefaurer and Congressman Joe L. Evans but resigned their appointments to pursue a law degree. After moving to Nashville, TN, Tom worked in personnel and labor relations for Ford Motor Company at their Nashville glass plant. While employed, he attended the Nashville YMCA Night Law School for a period of four years earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
He then moved his family to Crossville and along with Jim opened their private practice, Bean & Bean Attorneys at Law, practicing law for over 40 years.
Tom succeeded his brother as a Crossville city judge, serving in this position for 32 years and retiring in 2013. The city of Crossville honored him by naming the courtroom after him.
Tom has been involved in the following business and civic organizations:
- Founder of the Board of Upper Cumberland Savings & Loan Association
- Founder of Crossville Loan & Thrift
- President of the Cumberland County Bar Association
- Member, First United Methodist Church
- Member, Tennessee Bar Association
- Co-founder and developer of Deer Creek Golf Community
- Served as a page in the State Senate
Tom was an avid golfer, even though Peggy got the hole-in-one. He will greatly be missed by his friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nashville Humane Society or the Cumberland County Animal Shelter.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on October 27, 2016