Thomas “Tom” Hilliard Pless, 81, husband of the late Gail Downs Pless, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:15 p.m.
Born in Waynesville, NC, he was the son of the late Charles Hilliard and Elizabeth Mauney Pless.
Tom was the retired President and CFO of Thantex Holdings, a division of textiles. He was of the Baptist faith and a graduate of Bethel High School, class of 1960.
Tom was an avid golfer and was a former girl’s Varsity basketball coach for many years at Southside Christian School. He was such a generous and kind man who loved his family dearly.
Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Sherri Pless Pitts and Christy Pless White; his five grandchildren, Madison Pitts, Grayson Thomas, Kaley, Carson and Emma Massengale; his two sisters-in-law, Vivian Cobb and Barbara Pless, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and beloved wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Ray Pless; and a sister, Helen Day Sommers. Tom was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
A visitation will be held Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Southeast followed by the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 2:00 p.m. The family will be at the residence, if friends wish to stop by.
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