Thomas Leon McIntosh was born August 25, 1943 to the parentage of Rosetta Johnson and Freddie Lee McIntosh in Dallas, Texas at Parkland Hospital. As the fourth child born after Annie Sue, Barbara and Lacy, he later greeted two brothers, Harold and Elgie and the light of their life a sister, Laverne Rashelle McIntosh. Thomas matriculated through Charles Rice Elementary school and there his passion was ignited for music. Thomas graduated from Lincoln High School, the home of the mighty Tigers and was a member of the Black Knights and the Great Harry T Burleigh Choir.
After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1961, he answered the call to serve his country and was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Neurenburg, Germany.
In April 1968, he returned home and married the love of his life, Lena Mae Campbell on June 1, 1968 and to this union, they were blessed to become the proud parents of a baby girl- Brandi Lynn.
The military provided Thomas with the opportunity to attend school on the GI bill, sparking his love for learning and he became a lifelong learner. Thomas knew education was the passport to a better future and eventually he acquired a permanent position with the Western Electric Company and moved up through its subsidiaries to provide for his family. Accepting the challenge of being a professional learner, before Google, Thomas would go to the library to hone his skills and became a self-taught mechanic and Renaissance man using manuals, books and videos to fix anything for anyone.
As he continued to grow and mature as a family and working man, he also grew as a Christian man accepting the call of the Lord at the Southside Church of Christ. There he shared his Harry T Burleigh voice with the Lawrence and Marder Quartet along with his friends, Bill Goffney, Willie Black, Hubert Hartin and Ernest “Deacon” Wyrick. He also found a new love learning how to be a deaf interpreter at the Cedar Crest Church of Christ. Later, Thomas shared his voice as the song leader at Marsalis Avenue Church of Christ under the reign of C.R. Langley.
Due to his school and work schedule, he held dual membership with Marsalis Avenue and Duncanville Church of Christ where he continued to work for the kingdom of God as an active member of the Prison Letter Writing Ministry and Worship Team.
He was proceeded in death by his sister, Annie Sue Henderson and brothers- Lacy, Harold and Elgie McIntosh.
His memory will be cherished by his loving wife of 52 years- Lena Mae, daughter Brandi Lee (Laymonde) of Dallas, Texas; son, Keith Young of Portland, Oregon; grandsons, Chris Ison Young, Evan Laymonde Lee, Preston Thomas Lee; sisters Laverne Allen, Dallas, Texas, and Barbara Ivory, Tallahassee, Florida; Marsalis Avenue Church of Christ and Duncanville Church of Christ family; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
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