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Tall Tommy Standridge is gone.
His death will be felt by many people in our entire area, and the loss to his family, the city and his friends cannot be put into words.
The Star lowers its colors to half mast as a final salute to this good and great man who stood at the helm of our city and used his capable talents to lead us in a way worth remembering.
Our hearts weep for his family, but we believe that Tall Tommy Standridge was a champ and if he could not have returned to health, he would have wanted it this way.
Tommy was a man who didn't often raise his voice. He remained calm in whatever crisis arose, and the fight for his life was no exception to this rule. He didn't complain about his odds, but faced them as a realist.
Being a man of great convictions, he knew there are things more important than living. He lived by this code and made a track record which we believe will stand with the best. He walked with God and knew his fellowman.
Tall Tommy Standridge was our friend. We will miss him so vary much.

The Carrollton  Star Aug 21, 1975
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams




Carrollton Mayor Tommy Standridge lost his battle for life yesterday at noon when death came to the mayor after a long illness.

The mayor died at Medical Center Hospital in Dallas where he had been a patient for the past three weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton.

mayor Standridge was an active member of the Baptist Church and had been a member of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club until last spring when he became ill.

Mrs. Standridge was at his side when death came at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Mayor Standridge served for 12 years on the city council and was in his second term as mayor when death came.

Councilman Dave Wells said, "I am grieved at the loss of my friend and share a great personal loss with Carolyn and the children."

Mayor Pro Tem David Claterbaugh said, "Carrollton has suffered a great loss with the death o f Mayor Standridge. My sympathy is extended to his loved ones during this period of sadness."

Leddie Taylor, another member of the council and a personal friend of the mayors and, "words can not express the loss that I feel. Tommy was my friend and my mayor. He will be missed."

Councilman Dick Walker said, "I feel that Carrollton has lost one of its greatest leaders. We will follow through on many of his ideas in years to come."

Councilman John Cantrell said, " I respected Mayor Standridge and know how he will be missed by everybody."

Jack Blanton, published of the Star, said, "Mayor Standridge was a man of great and good impact on our community. He will not be forgotten soon because his friends were many in his hometown."

Surviving the mayor are his widow and four children. His mother also is living and resides in Arkansas.

Mayor Standridge was an ardent fan of the R. L. Turner Lions and followed the baseball, football, and basketball teams with interest. Tow of his sons were former greats on the football and baseball teams and are attending college on athletic scholarships.

Only several weeks ago the mayor had visited city hall and several of his friends in business on the square and had hoped to return to an active role as mayor when he suddenly became worse.

The mayor had received treatments at the famed Anderson Clinic in Houston before returning home to undergo surgery.

The business and civic community of Carrollton expressed their shock and grief upon hearing of the death of the 45-year-old mayor.

Carrollton  Star Aug 21, 1975
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams



Thomas Othel, 1506 Ross, Carrollton. Survived by wife, Carolyn; Gerry and Stacey Standridge; daughters, Andra and Melissa Standridge, mother, Mrs. Leatha Hughes, Mena Ark., sisters, Mrs Marilyn Talley, Torrance, Cal. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Carrollton. Rev. Wayne Allen officiating. Interment Furneaux Cemetery, Carrollton. Pallbearers, Ed Norton, Kenneth Hughes, Baker Montgomery, Bill Montgomery, Cionis Lualien, V. J. Thomas, Ward Steenon, Jess Woody, Honorary pallbearers, Carrollton City Councilmen and members of Carrollton Masonic Lodge No. 1400.
I-35 at Crosby Rd.     Carrollton   242-5261

The Dallas Morning News - August 22, 1975
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


Tommy Standridge

CARROLLTON - Funeral services for Tommy Standridge, 45, of 1506 Ross, mayor of Carrollton and the owner of the Carrollton Insurance Agency, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Furneaux Cemetery.
He died Wednesday in a Dallas hospital.
Standridge was elected mayor in 1972, after serving as a city councilman from 1965-72.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Carrollton. He was also a member of Carrollton Masonic Lodge and Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, two sons, two daughters, his mother and one sister.

The Dallas Morning News - August 22, 1975
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


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