Thomas C. Walton (Sign Guestbook)

Knoxville- Tom Walton, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 2, 2019. He was born Jan. 25, 1935 in Nashville. After serving briefly in the U.S. Army, Tom graduated from Tennessee Tech with a Civil Engineering degree. He began his career at TVA, but then spent over 30 years as Senior Vice President of Operations at Rentenbach Engineering, where he established many life-long friendships. After retirement, he pursued his creative side, which included painting, decorative tile work, writing and self-publishing his own novel- Rat Town and building his son’s playground, a turret and a gypsy wagon. He and his wife Linda enjoyed making their home into a family refuge. Tom was loved and admired by everyone who knew him. He was truly one of a kind. His sense of humor and his integrity were unforgettable. He is preceded in death by his son Tommy. He is survived by his wife Linda, sons Monty (Elizabeth), Shawn and Hayes, brother Bobby (Doris), sister Jean (Ben), grandchildren Tommy Lynn (Phil), Jessica (Wes), Michael, Mary Lewis, and Anna, and six great grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6 pm at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1615 Price Ave., Knoxville. Family will receive friends directly after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Walton family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

10 guestbook entries for “Thomas C. Walton”:

  1. The Tyke HIllmers says:

    Our hearts are broken for your loss. We know we all lost a great man, as anyone who raised you is sure to be amazing. No doubt, he has been welcomed home with open arms by his own heavenly Father. You’ll be stuck with us tackling you with hugs down here for now.

    We love you so much!
    Tyke, Stacy, Hannah, Hayes, and Myers

  2. Lois Cameron says:

    Linda, I feel sadness and anguish for you, your sons, Monty,and all of your families in the loss of Tom. I knew he was ill from speaking with Bill Hamilton at Fleming’s restaurant several weeks ago. He had indicated that he, Don Freeman and Greg Ratcliff had been to see Tom. I know Nancy had passed away just several months ago. (I personally lost a younger sister October 15, with services here October 23. Being a “Believer” as you and your family, I know she still exists, only now in the spiritual realm. My tears came upon call from Louisiana not from sadness but joy, feeling the happiness and excitement of her “reunion” with our Mom and Dad.) I will always have sweet memories of you and Tom from working with you both at Rentenbach. Hard to believe “it” is no longer, and now owned and ran by The Christman Company! Love you and my sincerest regards, Lois Cameron

  3. Jackson E Johnson says:

    I worked under Tom for many years at Rentenbach Engineering company. I retired after 23 years as assistant superintendent, then superintendent. I always considered Tom to be a special friend. After he published his book, he mailed a copy to me. He surely had some imagination! Our sympathy to the Walton family.
    Jack & Mabel Johnson

  4. Raymond and Gail Berlin says:

    Tom and I were good friends in high school played sports together.
    Gail and I will really miss him.
    Praying for the family.

  5. Sharon Lambdin says:

    Monty and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was truly a respected man in the construction industry. I know you will miss him.

  6. Donna Kennedy-Hatcher says:

    Monty and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you and yours in the passing of your Dad. I have wonderful (and sad) memories of our Rentenbach families but our love and faith are strong and we continue to “build on . . .” Please know my prayers are with you now and in the days ahead.

    Love, Donna (dtr of Roy and Burma Kennedy)

  7. Larry Palmer says:

    Monty and family. Early in my career I called om Tom at Rentenbach. I was selling cement and always enjoyed my visits with Tom. Monty, you are a real life example of the old saying, “the apple does not fall far from the tree.”

  8. Paul E Sanford says:


    I was sad to learn of Tom’s passing. He hired me @ Rentenbach in Fall of 1985. I worked under his supervision from then until his retirement. I could not have asked for a better supervisor. He had a way about him that made you feel good when he talked to you. I have often told stories throughout the years about Tom and what a good man he was. May he rest in peace.

  9. Jim & Connie Barlow says:


    Just heard from John about your Dad. So sorry for your loss.

    Jim and Connie

  10. Sharon Rentz says:

    Dearest Linda, Shawn and Hayes,
    How many times did I walk through your door to be greeted by that wonderfully silly man saying “What’s up Sharon?”
    Not nearly enough, what I wouldn’t give to hear it once more…
    Y’all are a second family to me and Tom was such a huge piece of that family. His creative energy, his quiet wisdom, his hilarious antics and his deep love will leave a huge void. A void that time will heal but never completely fill until we can be reunited with him in heaven. God bless, Sharon

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