Date of Death: November 21, 2023

Service Details

In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted and a memorial service to celebrate Tommy’s life will be held at noon on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 with visitation one hour prior at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers.

Obituary Notice

Tommy Lynn Stokes, age 74, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at his home in Three Rivers.

He was born in Searcy, Arkansas on December 26, 1948 the son of Raymond Dee and Fairah Eileen (Phifer) Stokes, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1966. He served his country in the Marine reserves from 1969-1975. 

Tommy was a dedicated machinist at Armstrong International for over 20 years until retirement.

On November 28, 1970, he married Linda Bellew. They had three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and the Eagles.

Tommy was a good friend to many and could always make you laugh. He had a love for music, hunting, fishing, the Detroit Lions, and Ford Rangers. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family, who affectionately call him “Pepa.”

Surviving to cherish his loving memory is wife, Linda Stokes of Three Rivers; daughters, Joni Shank of Three Rivers, Rae’Ande (Tom) Bawkey of Three Rivers; grandchildren, Lucas Shank, Linda (Matt) Brofft, Jacob Shank, Gracie Shank, Sidney (Micah) Stokes, Carter Bawkey, and Jarred Stokes; great-grandchildren, Laetyn Clark, Clementine Stokes, and Juniper Stokes; sister, Patricia (Mike) Dailey of Three Rivers; brothers, Richard (Bettie) Kilburn of White Pigeon and Donald (Judy) Kilburn of Portage; and many nieces and nephews.

Tommy was preceded in passing by his parents and son, Tommy Allen Stokes.

Additional Information

Memorial donations may be directed to the family. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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  1. So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. We go back quite a few years. He was one of the nicest and funniest guys I ever knew plus he graduated with the great class of ‘66. He’ll be greatly missed. Condolences to his entire family. RIP Tommy.

  2. I liked Tom. He was always nice and pleasant to talk with though I never really knew him well. He was friendly and often had a smile on his face. I am very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, but hope Linda and the rest of his family have good memories of him and let those rise to the top when thinking of him now and in the future. Linda, your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.

  3. I’ve known tommy since I was a little girl my grandmother was his neighbor for many years what a wonderful person tommy was always helping out others tommy you will be greatly missed my deepest condolences to family 🙏💞

  4. Tommy was a such a good person because he was raised by such a great family. The best most loving parents ever. He put his family first always. I’m so sorry for all of you. I was lucky enough to spend a great deal of my childhood with these wonderful people.

    One of my memories from childhood was when he hand a band and played in his mom’s kitchen! Prayers for you all.

  5. I am saddened to hear of Toms death, Tom was a good man. We worked at Index at the same time and I always liked him. Whenever we saw each other at the Bank or grocery store we were always happy to see each other.

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