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A funeral service for Tom Terrell Mooney, age 88, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Pastor David Butler officiating. He will be laid to rest at Still Waters Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville.
Mr. Mooney passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 in Tyler.
Tom was born October 3, 1927 in Wilmar, AK to John and Sarah (Gray) Mooney.
He served in the US Navy during World War II. Tom invented the first Igloo cooler and ran two Igloo plants, one in Katy, TX and one in Houston, TX. At NASA, he received special recognition for the insulation used in the space shuttle.
He was a member of People's Church in Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Clarkie Jo Mooney; children, Tommy Mooney, Kathy Mooney and Kay Mooney; three brothers and three sisters.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Karen Mooney White and husband Gary of Claremont, SD, Bobby Christopher of Bullard, Susan Stafford of Jacksonville, and Michael Christopher of Jacksonville. He is also survived by several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin on Friday, August 19, 2016 and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Published on August 17, 2016
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