Thomas Tacket III Obit

Collin Co TX 

Submitted by Elaine Nall Bay

Rains County Leader
November 16, 2004

Thomas Tacket III

1923 - 2004
Thomas Nelson Tackett III died quietly November 8, 2004, at the Summit at Westlake Hills Health Center in Austin.   Born August 10, 1923, in Dallas, Mr. Tackett spent his early years in Emory and graduated from Greenville High School in 1940. After commuting to East Texas State in Commerce, he transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where he joined the U.S. Navy as part of the V12 program and served in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  Graduating from the university with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1948, he joined Union Carbide Corporation at its plant in Texas City and resided in Galveston until his promotion to the corporate headquarters in New York City in 1962. After 23 years, Mr. Tackett retired as the Manager of Chemicals and Plastics Purchases, a position of worldwide scope.  Mr. Tackett was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, Phi Lambda Upsilon, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the National Association of Purchasing Managers, and the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas System.  Married in 1965, Mr. Tackett is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Marlene Sowers Tackett; his son and daughter-in-law, William “Jeff” and Tyna Tackett of Beasley, Texas; daughter Elise Tackett of Austin; and four grandchildren, Ginger Juelfs, James Thomas Tackett, Malinda “Faythe” Tackett and Kayla Kolojaco; his brother William and wife Mildred and sister Helen, and two nieces.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2004, at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. Interment was at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2004, at Pecan Grove Memorial Park in McKinney, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Friends of Alec, Dept. of Engineering, The University of Texas in Austin, the Salvation Army or a charity of personal choice.