Tom David Wagster
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Tom David Wagster
  • January 22, 1920 - May 27, 2017
  • Jackson, Tennessee

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Tom David Wagster passed from this world on May 27, 2017. Tom was the son of the late John Robert Wagster and Marie Tate Wagster. He was
born in Jackson, TN on January 22, 1920. His two brothers, John Robert Wagster, Jr. and William Taylor Wagster precede him in death. He leaves
one sister, Barbara Wagster Roberts, of Bradenton, FL. Tom is survived by his wife of 74 years, Mildred Walker Wagster. He leaves
three sons, Tom David Wagster, jr., Frank Walker Wagster (wife Cindy), Larry Robert Wagster, and two daughters, Jane Wagster Edwards
(husband Mickey), and Molly Victoria Wagster (husband Ned Myers). He had six grand children, Ben Edwards, Joe Edwards, John Wagster, Carmen
Wagster, Brooke Wagster, and Adrienne Wagster, and three great grandchildren, Gwynn Edwards, Rowan Edwards, and Hadley Edwards.
Tom worked as a mechanic at Tate Brothers Pontiac, and then as the service department manager at Truex Chevrolet and Serra Chevrolet from
which he retired in 1985.
He was a lifelong member of the congregation of Hays Avenue UM Church, which subsequently became Aldersgate UMC. He taught
Sunday school for many years and served on almost all church committees. He was an active member of the United Methodist Men and
helped with all of their projects.
Tom graduated from Jackson High School in 1937. He was influential in planning frequent reunions for his class. He was also active in the
community serving at the RIFA food kitchen, on the United Way campaigns, and as a committee chairman for the Boy Scouts of America.
Tom was well known as the teller of funny jokes and shaggy dog stories. He delighted in showing off the colorful, funny, and seasonal themed
socks that he frequently wore. Everyone he knew can probably quote atleast one of his jokes.
As a member of American's greatest generation, he served in WWII as a glider pilot and a glider instructor, and then as a transport pilot in the
European theater. Based in England and then near Amiens, France, he had many tales of flying cargo and personnel into and out of bases in
France and Germany, visiting cathedrals in Paris and Amiens, learning to read the French newspapers, and riding about the airbase on a
secondhand BMW motorcycle. After the war, he remained a member of the Army reserve and retired as a Captain. He was very proud of being
able to serve his country in this capacity.
Tom was also proud of his family. He loved to brag on his children who are all college educated and have very different professions. Tom and,
his wife, Mildred added a kindergarten teacher, a petroleum chemist, an architect, a research psychologist, and an aerospace engineer to the
world.
We who knew him will miss his ready smile, his jokes, and his outstanding socks.