Thomas Dean “Tommy” Presnell died peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Sinai Plaza Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in North Miami, FL at the age of 67.
Tommy was born on December 28, 1952 in Erwin, Tennessee to the late Thomas Stanley Presnell and Margie Ruth Presnell (Moore). He graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1971. After graduating High School, Tommy relocated to North Miami, FL with his mother Margie and younger brother Terry in the Fall of 1971. Tommy married the love of his life, Noreen Stack, on April 30, 1976. Tommy graduated from Florida International University in 1977 with a Degree in Engineering. Tommy started his engineering career with Metro-Dade County Public Works in 1978. After a few years at the county, Tommy landed his dream job with Southern Bell as the Engineering Area Manager in 1980. Tommy remained with Southern Bell, now AT&T, for over 36 years retiring in 2016. Tommy and Noreen welcomed 2 loving children, Annie and Thomas, along with raising their niece Laurel Lynn and nephew Ziga. Tom’s children remember him as a loving and dedicated father who encouraged them to pursue their dreams and taught them the importance of family.
Tommy was an avid College Football fan. His favorite teams were the Tennessee Volunteers and the Miami Hurricanes. Tommy enjoyed going to the UM games with his family, canoeing in the Everglades, bowling at Cloverleaf Bowling Alley, and was a beast in weightlifting in his younger years. He enjoyed collecting Blue Ridge pottery and antique memorabilia. Tommy loved waking up early on Saturday mornings to get a jump start at the garage sales and the swap shop. He was a kind and caring individual who loved his family and who was passionate about his “Famous Fudge.”
Tommy is survived by his 4 children, Son, Thomas James Presnell, Vallejo, CA, Daughter, Honora Ann Presnell, Miami, FL, Niece, Laurel Lynn Presnell, North Miami, FL, Nephew, Ziga Carrasco, Special Cousins, Finetta Quillen, Sherell Presnell (Theresa), Jimmie Daniels (Lynn), Linda Calhoun (Leland), Sister in Laws, Nicole Roma (Joe), Carmen Stack, Brother in Laws Joseph Foligno (Kerri), Jim Foligno (Kim), Pat Foligno (Terri), Bob Kay, Special Friend, Jessica Jehnzen along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife, Honora Agnes “Noreen” Presnell, parents Thomas Stanley Presnell and Margie Ruth Presnell, brothers James Purdue Presnell, Terry Lynn Presnell, sister Elma Jean Presnell, Paternal Grandparents James Pardee Presnell and Della Presnell (Birchfield), and Maternal Grandparents John Roy Moore and Maryanne George (Gillenwater).
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Tuesday October 27, 2020 with services starting at 3:00 pm at Erwin Bible Holiness Church 235 Okolona Drive, Erwin, TN, Reverend Kim Casey will be officiating the service. All are welcomed to attend and celebrate Tommy’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Erwin Bible Holiness Church at 235 Okolona Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.