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Thomas Albright

Dr. Thomas Albright

Tuesday, August 14th, 1951 - Thursday, August 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Dr. Thomas Price Albright passed from this life into eternity at Washington Regional in Fayetteville, AR on August 1, 2019. He was surrounded by his wife and children. Tom was born in Sweetwater, Texas on August 14, 1951 to Dr. Dan and Opal Albright. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Dan J. Albright, and his in-laws, Harvey and Mary Elsie B. Gilbert.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, whom he married on March 29, 1980 in Hope, AR; one son, Jason and wife Erin of Overland Park, KS; two daughters, Hillary Price and husband Greg, of Springdale, AR and Bethney Asante and husband Kwasi of Charlotte, NC; his Mother, Opal Albright of Springdale, AR; 4 grandchildren, Colton and Xander Albright of Overland Park, KS and Keziah and Kimathi Asante of Charlotte , NC; 2 step-grandchildren, Grant and Natalie Price of Rogers, AR; one brother, John Albright of Las Vegas, NV; two sisters, June Wilkins of Encinitas, CA and Judy Wesselhoft and husband Paul of Moore, OK and many nieces and nephews.

Tom moved from Sweetwater to Pauls Valley, Ok when he was two months old. After graduating from high school, Tom attended Oklahoma State University. Following in his father's footsteps, who was a veterinarian in private practice for 48 years, Tom graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU in May, 1976. After graduation, he entered veterinary practice with Dr. Joe Kelsey for several months before joining the United States Department of Agriculture, Meat and Poultry Inspection Program in February, 1977. While working in SW Arkansas, Tom met the love of his life, Mary in Hope, AR. In 1987, Tom was promoted to Springdale, AR as the Assistant Area Supervisor. In November, 1996, he was promoted as the Area Supervisor. In August, 1997, Tom relocated to Omaha, NE and worked in the Technical Service Center for 6 years. Tom was promoted back to Springdale, AR in May 2003 as the Deputy District Manager in the Food Safety and Inspection Service where he served until his retirement in January 2009. During his 30+ years of service in the USDA, he served in several supervisory/managerial positions and received numerous Awards for Excellence. After retirement, Tom was a private consultant for George's Inc. of Springdale, AR for several years.

Tom's hobbies included gardening, his yearly fishing trip with co-workers/friends to Southwest Arkansas and traveling. Tom was a member of New Hope Fellowship Church in Springdale where he served faithfully in different areas, especially donating to the House of Hope.

Family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Westfield Chapel 3236 W. Huntsville Ave. Springdale, with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Cliff Jenkins, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Feed the Children at www.feedthechildren.org
Online condolences to www.WestfieldChapel.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Westfield Chapel Funeral Home
    Address
    3236 W. Huntsville Ave.
    Springdale, AR 72762
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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Westfield Chapel Funeral Home
    Address
    3236 W. Huntsville Ave.
    Springdale, AR 72762
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Tom Woodruff

Posted at 06:46am
Tom would give me a telephone call every year on my birthday and wish me a "Happy Birthday." We both were early risers so when that call came precisely at 5:30 in the morning on each May 27th, I knew who was calling. Tom loved his family and always supported them in their various activities. He will be missed by his many friends . . . . . I will miss that call on the 27th of May. Tom Woodruff
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Oliver Williams

Posted at 12:16pm
Gosh, Tom was so full of friendship, kindness and joy. We met in Nashville, AR when I first joined USDA. He had such delight in telling Aggie jokes to Dr. Thompson just to get his goat (which it did). He talked of family, but also asked about your family with genuine care and interest. That personal caring aspect made him a great supervisor, along with superior intelligence and common sense. Mary, family and friends - be strong - and reflect on Tom's soul, spirit and love that he shared with you.
Oliver Williams
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john michael brown

Posted at 08:09am
Tom was always so helpful when I was in the Sprindale office. I miss his humor and he will be missed by so many. Prayers for Mary and the family.

Mike Brown
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Duwayne Metz

Posted at 10:52pm
Dr. Albright was the most positive dedicated individual I ever worked with. I consider it an honor to have work with him during our time at the TSC in Omaha NE. Even when things did not work out the way we thought was best he would say always have a positive attitude. After I retired Tom would call me on my birthday and we would have a "catch up" conversation on family issues. He would also send me different emails regarding humorous issues. I will miss those calls and emails. But my loss is nothing compare the the loss to Mary and the Albright family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Love Joan and DuWayne Metz
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Ilene Arnold

Posted at 07:07pm
Just before Tom retired from the USDA, FSIS, he sent a message to everyone and said he wanted to pass along what he had learned from one of his mentors: “Today is a gift, and that is why we call it the present. Make of today the very best that you can, for when tomorrow comes, today cannot return again.” Tom was a gift to us all and it always made the very best of every day. Thank you Tom. My condolences to your family. Dr. Ilene Arnold
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