thomaspendergrass jr.
Thomas J. Pedergrass, Jr., 85, passed away October 26, 2013 quietly in his sleep at his home in Redondo Beach, with his son and daughter by his side. He was born March 3, 1928 in Newcastle, TX. He lived in Redondo Beach for four years and Hemet, CA for twenty years prior to that. He retired in 1984 after serving in the U.S. Navy and working more than 30 years in the transportation industry. Tom is pre-deceased by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Pendergrass. He is survived by one son, Tom Pendergrass, III and daughter-in-law, Laura Pendergrass of Roseville; one daughter, Susan Cavano of Redondo Beach; one granddaughter, Courtney Pendergrass of Redlands; one brother Douglas Pendergrass and sister-in-law Sally of Austin, TX (and children); one sister, Janice Mays and brother-in-law, Gene, of Fort Worth, TX (and children); one brother-in-law, Al Mullican and his wife Maggie, of Shawnee Mission, KS (and child); in addition to two dear friends of more than 40 years, Ralph and Jimmie Catalano. Tom also had two dogs he loved dearly, Sammy and Gracie. A memorial service will be held November 17, 2013 at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503 at 10:00 am with a short reception to follow.

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  1. May you find joy in knowing that your father left a wonderful legacy and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. I pray the Lord will give you consolation and peace.

    Revelation 21:4 “…and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain…”

  2. I sure did like my uncle Tom and will miss the hell out of him! He once helped keep my dad (his brother Doug) from meting out justice too swift and harsh on me when I went a bit off path while living in California. Uncle Tom always found a moment to share words of wisdom and encouragement. Always in such a personal way that left me feeling good about myself and appreciative that he took the time to show he cared. Uncle Tom love to tell us how much he loved his family(yes even Tommy:). That was one of the things that was so very cool about him. He also doted on Courtney non stop! I think I heard just about everything she did in swimming for years:) Maybe kind of weird, but instead of sadness, I am smiling wide as I reminisce….. Adios and vaya con dios mi amigo!!!

  3. Uncle Jeff had the warmest smile and kind heart. I didn’t know him terribly well, but the times we did see each other it was like no time had past. He is a special man that touched many lives. He will always be remembered.

  4. Ron and I were very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We have so many memories of bowling, playing pinochle and laughing. Also sharing a huge love for a grandchild and understanding that dogs truly are “man’s best friend”! And let’s not for!get the years of the football pools! Ron will always remember Tom hanging out at the shop with him. May your memories comfort you. Always, Pat and Ron Harding

  5. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER TOM, THANKS TO HIS GOOD ADVISE AND HELP AND CARING HELPED ME MAKE EXCELLENT DECISIONS THAT MADE MY RETIREMENT AS GOOD AS IT IS, HIS ADVICE WAS ALWAYS WHAT I NEEDED AND HIS CARE WAS LIKE A FATHER THAT NEVER HAD. THANK YOU TOM FOR BEING A THOUGH BOSS BUT WITH A KNOWLEDGE OF A VERY SMART MAN WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU

  6. Tom, John and I want to send you our condolences. We loved Tom and had so much fun with him and your Mom Barb. They were true friends. We loved his laugh and his West Texas comments. John will miss his emails a lot.
    We will remember him forever. He was a special man with a lot of love for others and yes a wonderful sense of humor.
    The video was beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Irene and John Grogan

  7. I miss you Dad. I miss you waiting for me at the top of the stairs when I come home from work, asking about my day. I miss watching Blue Bloods with you. You’re going to miss the rest of Rizzoli and Isles! I miss talking to you about the books we’re listening to and drinking our peach tea together. I miss you singing Jambalaya on the Bayou and all your other silly songs. Sammy and Gracie are lost without you. They miss sleeping with you and laying under your computer while you look at Laker scores. You were the best roomie I ever had and nothing will ever be the same again. I love you.

  8. Tom was always Jeff Jr. To me. I can’t remember the first time I met Jeff,but I will always remember his smile and the feeling he gave that his day was better because he was with you and your family. Not having that love in your life anymore, is a tough loss.

    Susan, Tommy, Laura and Courtney, I’m so very sorry for your loss,

    Kindest regards,

    Linda Pendergras
    Austin, Texas

  9. Well Dad you would of been excited that over 50 people showed up to say good by, songs were played, folks laughed, cried and all
    spoke to what a great man you were, but you already new that !!
    Rev. Mays did a super job, Ralph and Jimmie spoke as did Courtney, Laura, Susan, Doug Jr. and Sr. and me, I was good keep it PG.
    I will miss you every day from and forever. Thanks for all you did for us, tell Mom I said hello.
    Thomas Jefferson Pendergrass III

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