Col. (ret) Tommy G. Alsip, 85, was called home to his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, on Friday, September 25, 2020, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully at home with his loving wife, Joyce, by his side.
Tommy was born in Chandler, Oklahoma to parents, Jess M. Alsip and Zelda Mae Saulsberry Alsip. He married Joyce Burchett Hutchins on November 12, 1982. After graduating from Chandler High School in 1953, Tommy attended Oklahoma A&M where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Central State University in 1959. He and his dad, Jess, were business partners for many years in the Alsip Lumber and Ready-Mix Concrete Company, Chandler, Oklahoma. In 1998, Tommy began a 22-year career with Lindsey Management serving as manager of the Links Golf and Athletic Club Pro Shop.
He was a long-time member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard spanning a career of 33 years, spent mostly in Field Artillery. He progressed through the ranks from Private to Adjutant General of Oklahoma. He held various staff assignments and served as commander at all levels from Battery to Brigade. He was considered by his peers and superiors to be a natural born leader. He attended numerous military schools and was awarded many military decorations which included the Legion of Merit. If you were his friend, you were his friend for life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Zelda Mae Alsip; son, T. Mark Alsip; and brother, Dale Alsip. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; sister, Joan Alsip Birkes; brothers and spouses, David and Denise Alsip, Danny and Rinda Alsip, all of Chandler; children, Kimberly Kay Alsip, Garland, TX, Thomas Alsip, Okla. City; stepsons, Randall E. Hutchins, Stroud, OK, and Chad Hutchins and wife, Tracy, Long Beach, CA. Sherry-Ann Alsip, San Diego, CA, widow of T. Mark Alsip; six grandchildren, Aidan Chandler Alsip, Nathan Alsip, Ryan Hutchins, Rhiannon Smith, Guadalupe Robledo and Quetzal Colunga-Hutchins; and one great-grandchild, Gabriella Bertrand. Tommy and Joyce Alsip have been active members of Edmond’s First Baptist Church, 1300 E. 33, Edmond 73013, for 30 years.
A memorial service will be held at the church at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Edmond Building Fund, P.O. Box 88, Edmond, OK 73083, or Chandler Alumni Association Building Fund, P.O. Box 501, Chandler, OK 74834. Arrangements are under the direction of Lehman Funeral Home of Wellston.
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