Tommy E. Kirksey, 60, of Greenfield, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Thursday, September 16, 2021. He was born in Greenfield on March 17, 1961 to James and Gracie (Lanham) Kirksey.
Tom enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during his senior year of high school and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC as a Field Radio Operator. He was subsequently deployed to Grenada and Beirut where he was decorated for outstanding performance of duty.
Tom enjoyed spending time watching action movies on his big-screen television. He took great pride in taking care of his GMC Denali truck. He will forever be remembered though, for his love of his nieces and nephews. Family gatherings will not be the same without watching Tom entertain all of the children. He was a source of joy and laughter for his family.
Tom is survived by his mother, Gracie White of Indianapolis; one sister, Lisa (Jeff) Kirksey-Gipson of Indianapolis; one brother, Jim Kirksey of Greenfield; and life-long friends, Joe Dewitt of Indianapolis and Mike Nolan of Avon. Many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
Tom is preceded in death by his father; his sister, Sheila Kirksey Wallace; and his brother, Ted Kirksey.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00am on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Park Cemetery in Greenfield (621 S. State Street). Military Honors will be presented by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Memorial Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made online to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org/ways-to-give/
I miss you every day… Jordan, Cieara and myself will continue to miss you every day! You are finally free and you were like a father to me. I live you more then you will ever know. Fly high
I will miss you cousin, I will always remember you making us laugh. You were so funny! I can still see that mischievous grin. I hope you’re enjoying it up there in heaven. I plan on seeing you again there someday until that time… Love always and forever, your cousin….Taunya Durrance
I hadn’t seen you for quite a while, but you were the same old Tommy when I saw you last. We grew up next door to each other and all of those summer days and nights were a lot of fun, playing hide & seek, tag, kickball & baseball. RIH!!! Never goodbye, but see you later. Lori Colclazier Young
Gracie and Lisa, the Friddles’ (Jack, Vicky, Kim, Karmen and Karl) the other next door neighbors, want you to know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Tommy was something else!!
Miss you my friend!