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Tom Kitchens went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 2, 2022. Tom passed away peacefully with his devoted wife in his arms and his children by his side.

Tom was born on June 4, 1953, in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Zelda and George Kitchens.

Tom was a US Navy veteran and worked in oil production most of his life, and the other part was spent as a sales person. Most recently he enjoyed his “retirement job” as a security guard where he loved interacting with all his H-E-B “kids”.

Tom loved all things sports, especially his Houston Texans and the Astros. He was a great athlete and could play almost any sport, especially softball, and he really enjoyed hunting and playing golf.

He was a member of First Baptist church of Abilene. Tom loved country music and dancing with his wife in the kitchen. He had the softest heart when it came to animals, and his were truly a part of the family. Tom loved America and was a true patriot. He also had a heart the size of Texas. He never met a stranger or a baby he didn’t stop to talk to and hold. Tom’s greatest love was for his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved Brenda more than words can describe. He was so proud of his children, and his eyes would twinkle when talking about his grandchildren. He loved all his family beyond measure and made sure they knew.

His grandchildren describe him as larger than life and a true superhero. He also was a true jokester and king of dad jokes, always finding a way to make everyone laugh. He made everyone around him feel loved and special.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Diane Love.

He is survived in death by his loving wife and best friend, Brenda, of almost 43 years; children, Ray Foster (Marcie), Charlie Foster, Shane Kitchens (Jo), and Kelley Luna (Homer); grandchildren, Tyler Kitchens, Matthew Kitchens, Coltin Clark Foster, Chloe Foster, Madison Kitchens, Jonathan Kitchens, Wyatt Luna, and Luke Luna; great grandchildren, Jameson, Waylon, and Mira Belle Kitchens. He is also survived by his two brothers, Lon and Don Slatten; his loving sister, Vicki Deshazo; also, numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday July 8th, at 3:00 PM, with visitation starting at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Abilene located at 1333 N. 3rd St., Abilene, TX.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rescue the Animals SPCA of Abilene .