He was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Tiger, and he lived in Rabun County his entire life. Tom was one of the persons called the Greatest Generation. He served in the U.S. Air Force after completing school at Rabun County High School with the class of 1947, the Georgia Military Academy and Auburn University. He spent 38 months helping to build the Greenham Common Air Base in England and was the finance officer doing payroll in London and Greece. Tom was a businessman all of his life, running Ramey’s Super Gas and Tire Recapping. He built and ran the Heart of Rabun Motel. He built, owned and sold motels, apartments, houses, farms, shopping centers, Camp Rabun and numerous other properties in several Georgia counties. Tom served several years as mayor and on Clayton City Council. Tom attended churches in Rabun County but always wanted to keep his membership at the Church of England in Kettering, England. One of his favorite stories was that he was in London during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Cannon Ramey and Effie Dawkins Ramey; and two little brothers, Clyde Ramey Jr. and Bobby Ramey.
Tom is survived by: his wife and right hand, Marvenia “Beanie” Crawford Ramey; a daughter, Cecilia Thompson and husband Dwayne; four sons, Horace Ramey, Thomas Ramey, Jeffrey Knox Ramey and wife Sheila and Anthony Dee Ledford; a sister, Jane Pysher and husband Dale; five grandchildren, Anne Neal Thompson, Jennica Kannon Ramey, Jacy Kannon Ramey, Chantz Rock Ramey and Keegan Stone Ramey; and one great-grandson, Bentley Rock Ramey.
The family will have a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rabun County Civic Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to Rabun County Library P.O. Box 330 Clayton, GA 30525; or to Rabun Paws 4 Life, 261 Boen Creek Road, Tiger, GA 30576.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.