Obituary for Thomas L. Reiner
7/10/1965 – 5/31/2016
My beloved “Tommy Boy”.
is impossible to accurately describe this incredible man with any
quantity of words. You have to know him to appreciate all that he was to
so many of us who loved him.
regale us with stories of his wonderful childhood, and his school years
as well as life events he shared with his loving parents, brothers and
He was a busy young man
who began working at the age of 11 at the local hardware store near his
home in Decatur. With him being so young he was required to request
approval from the state office, which he received and so began his work
life and the great experiences that followed.
found the profession he loved when he joined the DeKalb County Police
Department in November 1987 where he was employed until his retirement
in May 2015………and he never took a sick day.
was typical Tommy………. when you have a job to do, do it to the best of
your ability, don’t let others down, show up for work, show up on time,
show up with all appropriate equipment and look professional.
his career he moved and promoted through various positions within the
department and retired as a Lieutenant while assigned to the Tucker
Precinct. He joined DeKalb’s Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) early in
his career and became a “Lifetime Member”.
served as the Past President for 9 years, currently resided on the FOP
board, managed the FOP Fundraising office and participated for 25 years
with DeKalb FOP’s Santa Cop program which paired police officers from
multiple jurisdictions in DeKalb County with needy children for a
special day of Christmas shopping and community involvement.
served as the current president of the William E. Peacock Jr.
Charitable Foundation. The most recent project that Tommy poured his
soul and time into was the creation of “My Brother’s House”. “My
Brother’s House” provides temporary housing for families of law
enforcement officers, who are seriously ill/injured, and need access to
the Atlanta area for specialty medical care/facilities.
his retirement last year, he continued his involvement with the FOP,
maintained communication with his police family and hoped to be able to
spend more time with his family and friends. He loved being involved
with real estate ventures and had begun to spend more time on this
Most importantly, he loved God, his
family, friends and his animal babies (Jake, Dolly, Lassie, Muppet,
Nibbles, Trouble, Tina, Tigger, Tiger and Thomas), yes he had 10 babies,
5 dogs and 5 cats.
He wanted to live to
the age of 100, at least. However, being the man that he was and anyone
who spent time with him knew that he crammed more life into an hour than
most can do in a day.
His level of energy
and ability to talk endlessly could make your head spin and I think
this began when he was very young. Tommy’s precious mother Carole told
us last year that she considered having 6 children until Tommy was born.
After returning home from his first day of school – he asked” Mom, how
long do I have to do this?”. Do I need to say more? J.
quick wit and sense of humor was part of his charm and his ability to
constantly entertain and will be greatly missed. He loved to share his
many life lessons he had learned from the special people in his life;
and he shared them with others, for their benefit, and sometimes,
whether they wanted to hear them or not J.
was preceded in death by his father Eugene Jacob Reiner, so loved and
respected by Tommy, for his strength and love for his family. Survivors
include his mother whom he loved dearly, Carole Reiner of Crofton BC,
Canada, Tommy was happy if his mother was happy, his brother John Reiner
and wife (Trudy) of Carlsbad, CA, brother Robert Reiner and wife
(Shannon), their daughter McKenzie and her son Nolan of Canada. Tommy so
loved and respected his brothers, loved his niece and was so proud of
her, he carried her picture above the visor in his police unit for many
years as if she was his own daughter. Tommy was looking forward to
spending time with Nolan, but no worries, we all have lots of stories to
pass on to him.
His wife Kellie Hughett
and daughter (Katelyn Battles) and her husband (Jason) of New Port
Richey, FL, father in law (Julian R. Spence), brother in law (Julian D.
Spence) and wife (Katherine) and their son (Sam), sister in law (Debbie
Sisk) and her children (Connor and Mariah), sister in law (Julie
Blackburn) and husband (Todd) and their children (Abbey and Sophie),
Bryan Clements, Rickey Hughett and Don Wrathell, best buddies and
partners in crime and many more extended family members.
loved us and we loved him so much, his loss is still unbelievable and
so painful but we trust in God to give us strength and peace and we pray
the same for those of you who are suffering.
Carter of Canada, cousin of his mom Carole - a character and teacher
that Tommy so loved and admired. The Menger’s of Decatur, Fred and Lib
(Elizabeth), were like an extension of his parents after they moved to
Canada, teaching him and loving him so much over the years. Clarence
(Guy) Lane, providing Tommy with love and guidance. The Hickman, Wiggs,
Spangenberg and Sheirling families, the Tucker Gang and so many more
that loved our Tommy and his antics.
honor of Tommy, his family and his public safety brethren we will have a
Memorial Service on June 11, 2016 at 1200 Hours at Rehoboth Baptist
Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA 30084. We want this to be
a cheerful and inspiring event. If you would like to speak at the
service, please contact Jeff Wiggs @ 404-539-5429 or you may email him
believed in the good of the FOP for the officers and the community.
Thrifty as he was, he certainly would not want anyone to buy flowers or
spend your money on him. However, if you are not a member of the FOP he
would encourage you to become a member and if you would like to donate
to “My Brother’s House” please send your donation to the William E.
Peacock Jr, Lodge #10, Attn: MBH, 1238 Ridge Ave, Stone Mountain, GA