Thomas “Slim” Hastings passed this life and entered into eternal peace on the morning of May 21, 2013 at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN.
Slim lived a full life and was proud of having served his country for 22 years in the Navy, achieving the rank of Gunner’s Mate Missile Chief (GMMC). Slim retired in 1982 after an additional 15 years of employment with the civil service. His military career took him throughout the United States and many of the waters and ports of the world. Slim’s desires to travel, cruise, and fly were all fulfilled when he reached retirement. In his earlier years, Slim was a member of the 1946 Tullahoma High School Wildcat football team, of which he had many fond memories. In his later years, Slim enjoyed a round of pool at the local Senior Citizens Center, followed by an afternoon of TV – John Wayne movies were a favorite. Being an Alabama fan when everyone around him was a Tennessee fan was a joy he relished. Slim was a man of strong morals and beliefs that he held his entire life and did not waiver with the ever changing ways of today’s world.
Slim was preceded in death by his parents; Alvin Leroy & Vera Lee McKinney Hastings; wife, Aleen Bonnell Hastings; two sons, Jonathan Neil Hastings and Thomas J. Hastings, Jr.; one brother, Ewal (Wallie) Hastings, and one sister, Christine Lawder.
Slim is survived by his wife, Vernie Hale Hastings of Tullahoma, TN., a large loving immediate family; Ron(Sandy) Bonnell of Hartselle, AL., Tammy (Sam) Hatfield of Estill Springs, TN., Bryan (Abbe) Hale of Brentwood, TN., Brent (Leanne) Hale of Tullahoma, TN., Cameron (Kim) Bonnell of Orange, CA., Shane (Shelly) Alexander of Hartselle, AL., Shad (Regina)Alexander of Hartselle, AL., and seven great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Alive Hospice (alivehospice.org/donations), your local Humane Society, or a charity of your choice.
Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Thomas “Slim” Jerrel Hastings.