RIPLEY, Jr., Thomas Alexander "Tommy"
We lost our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Tommy, on January 2, 2021. He was 86 years old. He was born to the late Theodosia Burr Ripley and Thomas Alexander Ripley, Sr. on September 18, 1934. The youngest and only boy, he is predeceased by his three adoring sisters, Theodosia Landis, Kimbrough Hotch and Mary Warren.
Tommy was an Atlanta native attending Morningside Elementary, Grady High School, then proudly received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He loved life and was an eternal optimist. He never met a stranger. He was kind, caring, generous and accepting of everyone. He had a great sense of humor and sharp wit.
Being an avid sportsman, he shot dove in South America and hunted wildlife in Nebraska, South and North Dakota. He was a senior competitor in Competition Trap and Skeet Shooting and was a member of Burge Plantation and Riverbend Gun Club. One of his proudest feats was walking part of the Appalachian Trail. He and Patsy enjoyed their condo in Bokeelia, Florida where Tommy spent hours fishing with friends and family for reds, trout, and snook. Another passion was taking trips in their motorhome cross country to see the National Parks and especially the Grand Canyon. In contrast, Paris was his favorite city. He and Patsy traveled extensively in Western Europe. They spent many summer months in Provence, France with a house full of family and friends.
Professionally, Tommy was a homebuilder and developer of several subdivisions. His industrial park in Woodstock was one of his most successful achievements. He was admired and respected by associates and employees alike. He was a member of the NHOA for 50 years with many awards bestowed upon him. For many years, he was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Phillip, served as Junior Warden, and oversaw the building of the Cathedral Towers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Patricia (Patsy) Sims Ripley, his daughters Katherine Reeves (David), Kim O'Brien (John), Cary Calhoun (Charles), stepson Scott Henson (Beverly), stepdaughter Kellie Henson (Pam), grandchildren, Lea Stevens (Scott), Aiken Reeves (Eloise), Chase Calhoun, Alex Henson (Caroline), Joshua Henson, Wesley Henson, Andrew O'Brien (Kristina), Shannon Traylor
(Elliott), two great grandchildren, Rip and James, and many nieces and nephews. His legacy will endure for generations.
A small family service was held in the Memorial Garden at the Cathedral of St. Phillip. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date this year. Contributions may be made to Respite Care Atlanta and Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
Respite Care Atlanta: www.respitecareatlanta.org
Respite Care Atlanta
c/o Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
2715 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund: