Tommy Ray Grace, 78, of Joppa, left this world behind on Thursday, June 20, 2019. He passed on peacefully in his sleep and is now in all likelihood playing golf with Arnold Palmer and discussing the importance of the short game while showing off his newest driver.
He was born on Dec. 8, 1940 and lived many places during his long life but always called Joppa, Illinois his home.
Though he was retired at the time of his death, he had served his country as an airman for four years and worked at Missouri Portland Cement Co.
He found the love of his life, Julie Johnson, late in life but made up for lost time by living life to the fullest with her for six years. His greatest joy in life was spoiling his granddaughters and great-grandchildren.
He was an avid golfer and loved watching the local high school teams. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends but wishes for only happy memories.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Johnson; his daughter, Tonya Koerner and husband Kevin; his granddaughters, Amie Eplee and husband Eric and their son Eli and Annie Keipp and husband Zach and their daughters Emmy Jo and Maizy; one sister, Susan Baker and husband George; and one brother, Gail Grace and wife Brenda.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Evelyn Thomas Grace; and an infant sibling.
As per his wishes, no traditional service is planned. However, those who wish to celebrate his life are encouraged to attend his "life party" at the Metropolis Country Club on Sunday, July 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Come share stories of Tom's love and life as well as enjoy his favorite foods and drinks one last time.
In lieu of flowers, Tommy wanted any memorial donations sent to the Massac County High School Girls Golf Team, c/o Paula Foss, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis, IL 62960.
Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.