Thomas B. Lynch Jr., 80, of Commerce passed away Sept. 19, 2013.
Born in Belton, S.C., on Jan. 23, 1933, Tom was the son of the late Thomas B. Lynch Sr. and Ellen Acker.
Tom was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
After serving in the Air Force, Tom joined the Dallas Police Department in 1954 and retired from the police department in 1968.
Tom went back to college after retirement because he wanted to teach. He received his A.A. degree from Eastfield College in Dallas. He then went on to East Texas State University where he earned a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English, and an M.S. in special education.
Tom taught for many years at East Texas State University. In 1986, he began teaching English at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant. After 25 years he retired.
Tom was active in many organizations, including the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Confederacy, National Press Photographer’s Association, and Texas Professional Photographer’s Association.
Tom had a true talent and love of photography — many times never going anywhere without a camera around his neck. Whether it was a person or a beautiful landscape, he took photographs.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joan Cooper Lynch; daughters Kristin Lynch (Garry) Arnett of China Spring; Karen Lynch Miller of Commerce; Kaye Lynch (Ted) Colbert of New Florence, Mo.; sons Pat (Connie) Lynch of Tyler. Richard (Frances) Lynch of Houma, La., and Sean Lynch of Farmersville; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home, 1209 Live Oak in Commerce, at 11 a.m. Monday.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.jones-walkerandson.com