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Norman Thomas (Tom) Cottom II, on Dec. 21, 2016, after a battle with ALS, Jesus called Tom home for eternity with him.
Tom and his twin sister, Connie Jayne, were born in Terre Haute on Nov. 22,1944, to Norman Thomas Cottom and Ethyl Mae (Wagner) Cottom. Toms' twin sister passed on Dec. 16,1944.
Tom lived on South 8th Street with his parents and sister, Kay, and attended Fairbanks Elementary. In 1952 the family moved to Yorba Linda, Calif. Tom attended Yorba Linda Elementary, Fullerton High School and Fullerton Junior College, where he played basketball. In 1967 Tom graduated from University of Southern California. Tom had many lifelong friends he met while at USC.
Tom was an owner of a tobacco store for a number of years, sold and went to work with friends at Tobacco Barn in Lake Forest, Calif. Tom became a well known expert in the tobacco and pipe field traveling worldwide to purchase pipes and tobacco, and even developed some of his own blends.
Tom was a special friend to so many, a loving brother and brother-in-law, loved all of his nephews and nieces, always encouraging and faithful friend.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Connie.
Tom is survived by his sister,
Kay Cottom Street; nephews, John Street and family, Steve Street; niece, Stacy Street Allen and family; and cousins in Terre Haute and local area.
Services will be held on Monday July 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Highland Lawn in Terre Haute. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the local ALS foundation.
Published on  July 15, 2017
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