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November 15, 2006

Obituaries for week of Nov. 12, 2006

Claude Tomlinson

Claude Leonard “C.L.” Tomlinson, 79, of Rockwall died Nov. 9, 2006.

He was born the younger of two children on Aug. 7, 1927, in the Dawson County portion of O’Donnell to Claude Leonard Sr. and Gladys Viola Miles Tomlinson. He was active in the O’Donnell School system, both academically and athletically. He participated in football, basketball, track and his favorite, tennis. He graduated from O’Donnell High School in 1945. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was discharged as an ensign in 1951. He continued his education as a Red Raider and graduated from Texas Technological College in 1949, with a B.A. in business administration. He was employed with the Baker Company selling office equipment and became the office manager for three doctors at the West Texas Hospital, moving on to become the assistant administrator of West Texas Hospital. His administration career continued in Sugarland at the Eldridge Memorial Hospital. C.L’s career moved him to Richardson General Hospital in 1966. In August 1969 he was awarded certification from the American College of Hospital Administrators. Making the decision to leave hospital management, C.L. accepted the position of office manager for the law firm of Strassburger/Price in Dallas and retired from this position on Aug. 1, 1986. C.L. was married to Lavern Garnett on Jan. 27, 1946, at the O’Donnell Church of Christ. They had been married for 45 years when she died in a traffic accident on their way home from vacation in 1991. The Tomlinsons became residents of Lubbock and moved in his career, settling in Denton, where they lived for 36 years.

C.L. is survived by his children, Marilyn Goode, Terri Hammack and Craig Tomlinson; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a sister, Faye Hamblen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in Roselawn Cemetery at 3801 Roselawn Drive, Denton.

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