Thomas Woodrow Albritton Jr. (SFC Army retired) May 20, 1934-Aug. 17, 2020

Thomas Woodrow Albritton, Jr., 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Weiser, Idaho, on Aug. 17, 2020.
 Thomas was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, on May 20, 1934.
 He was affectionately known as dad, grandpa, opa, pops, and Tommy pronounced Tummy by his loving wife, Inge.
 Thomas was the eldest of four children, two sisters Gilda Fay, Patricia Joan, and brother Edward Eugene (Boogey).
 In 1954, he enlisted in the Army, where he was sent to many locations around the world, including Greenland, Thailand, Germany, and Vietnam.
 Germany would be his most fond posting, as that is where Thomas met his best friend and confidant, Ingeborg (Inge). He and Inge married on Feb. 14, 1962.
 Thomas and Inge would have seven sons between them, Gene, Keith, Chris, Ralf, Ben, Thomas, and Arno.
 Dad’s service to his country was one of the proudest times of his life. You would rarely find him without proudly displaying his Vietnam Veteran cap. During his time in the Army, he was assigned to A Company of the 46th Engineer Battalion as an engineer equipment mechanic, track vehicle mechanic, and truck mechanic.
 When he retired, Thomas went to work as an auto and truck mechanic in McCall, Idaho, tractor mechanic for John Deere in Weiser, Idaho, and a regional mechanic for the state of Idaho (Transportation and Parks Departments) in Grangeville and Boise, Idaho.
 For my brothers and our friends, dad, pops, was the best mechanic around. We would often have him “tune” up the cars for the weekend, and off we would go racing around raising heck. Dad’s mechanical prowess had no limits; his ears were his computer.
 I remember living in Weiser out at the old Ford Ranch and dad built a three-wheel tractor from scratch using old iron, a snowmobile engine, and a car rear-end – man did we tear up the old road then, well at least it felt like we were doing 100 mph but probably closer to 20-25 mph if we were lucky.
 Tommy, dad, grandpa, opa, and pops, we will all miss you and cherish the time we spent together. Each grandchild and great-grandchild hold special memories of playing together, building and painting playhouses and musical instruments.
 Opa, we will always cherish the monkey bars, sandbox, and baby doll crib and chairs you built for us. The sound of you playing loud Johnny Cash songs and singing and dancing and the sight of you with the video camera whenever we were there will always have a special place in our hearts.
 The time spent playing rummy and of course the best swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the summer will last forever in our hearts and minds. We all felt your love in our own ways, and this will truly be missed but not forgotten.
 Rest in peace with the sounds of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren in your dreams as you strum along with them in song. In remembrance to you and your service to country I offer a few words:
Hallowed Ground
 The sun rises above these hallowed grounds as the morning mist fades away...Like the lives of the many who died on this field...The sounds of battle are long gone...but the memory of the pain felt will never leave...Young and old does this field hold...As you close your eyes, and the light does fade...this ground will hold your souls...And as the sun sets and fades into night...We hear the faint sounds of whispers in the the souls that live on this hallowed ground...are once again alive and proud.


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