Thomas Aquinas Guillory was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend and mentor. He was born on May 20,1960, in Eunice, Louisiana. He was the youngest of 13 children.
Affectionately regarded as "Thom", Thomas learned how to use a ruler and began helping his father on projects around the house at an early age. At the age of 12, he started building houses with his father and brothers around Eunice. He always loved building and excelled at science and math.
Thomas attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which he often referred to as "The MIT of the South". He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Engineering and moved to Texas shortly thereafter to begin his career. He always valued education and saw it as his golden ticket to success. After starting his engineering career, he excelled in his field and achieved many amazing things.
He began his career in Dallas at Halff Associates and was a Texas Certified Civil Engineer since 1990. He worked on the Fair Park project spending many years at the City of Plano and 21 years at the City of Garland. He viewed his work in public service was to ensure that the City he worked for was being built safely and intelligently to provide a bigger and better community. His main goal was to strive and protect all of the citizens and make certain that all of the projects he was involved in would be the best possible and not leave the citizens with a problem in the future. The impact he had as an engineer was tremendous as some of Plano and a lot of Garland would not look and function so efficiently today if not for his service. He wanted to be proud as he drove his daughter around Garland and showed her all in which he had an influence.
Thomas had his daughter, Jordan Rose Guillory, with Vivian McGill Guillory in 1997. The two remained good friends after many years together. Thomas loved his "Jordie" dearly. Those that knew Thomas knew how much he loved Jordan. He prioritized his duty as a father and did a great job as he got to see her graduate from the University of Texas and begin her career at Facebook in 2019.
In June 2014, he married the love of his life, Linda Watson. They shared over six years of bliss traveling the world and spending time together. He loved traveling, listening to reggae, playing pool, working on new projects around the house with Linda, including their beautiful garden, and telling jokes. If you ever spent more than five minutes with Thomas, he was sure to make you laugh.
As funny as he was, he was extremely dedicated to the causes about which he cared. He served on the Catholic Housing Board, participated in the Knights of Columbus, and contributed greatly to the building of Holy Cross’ new sanctuary as well as many other charities like Shriners, American Heart Association, and more. He was always patient, thoughtful, caring, non-judgemental, and open to new ideas. He had the perfect balance of being laid-back and hard-working. He was the most welcoming, kind, and sweet person--everyone who encountered him knows this to be true.
Thomas has joined his previously ascended family in heaven, including his father and mother, Lucius and Rose Guillory; three loving sisters - Lovey-Marie G. Cooney, Violet G. Augustine, and Willie Rose G. Woods; and three loving brothers - Eluis Guillory, Allison Guillory, and Gerald Guillory.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Linda Watson Guillory; daughter, Jordan Guillory; mother of his daughter, Vivian McGill Guillory; three loving sisters - Esterelda G. Sonnier, Cherry G. Popillion (Hilman), and Brenda G. Bowie (Alfred); three loving brothers - Lucius Guillory (Elizabeth), David Guillory (Tracy), and Paul Guillory (Joan); and many loving nieces, nephews, family members, and friends. Thomas was a man who cared deeply for his family, and he will be greatly celebrated and missed.
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Thom Guillory Memorial Scholarship Fund