Tommy R. ‘Tom’ Haney

Tommy R. “Tom” Haney, 56, of Parsons passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Freeman West in Joplin.

Tom was born on April 23, 1964, to Bobby “Charles” and Wanda Lee (Graves) Haney in Norman, Oklahoma. He grew up and attended school in Norman, graduating from Norman High School in 1982. As a high school wrestler, he was noticed and recruited by Labette Community College wrestling coach Jody Thompson to attend LCC. While at LCC, he became an All-American wrestler. Following earning an associate degree, Tom began working at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. He had recently retired after working there for over 30 years.

He was an active member of the Fredonia congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Over the years, Tom served on the regional building committee, preparing food for the building crews. He also helped facilitate the parking at the church’s district conventions.

A gentle giant, Tom’s favorite thing in life was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, and friends. He also enjoyed running the sound system for events at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium; watching sports, especially University of Oklahoma; grilling; traveling; and playing golf.

On Oct. 4, 1986, Tom and Sarah M. Barrett were united in marriage in Pittsburg. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Samantha Graven of Parsons; a granddaughter, Zoey Graven of Parsons; and a brother, Bob Haney and his wife, Tracey, of Norman, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his son, Andrew Haney, on April 27, 2003; his parents; and a brother, Gary Haney.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday via Zoom. The funeral service can also be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page.

Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Area Community Foundation for the benefit of the Parsons Municipal Auditorium programming and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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