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41590 Fenwick Street
P.O. Box 270
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8500
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James Tennyson

James Thomas "Jim Tom" Tennyson

Wednesday, January 5th, 1927 - Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
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James Thomas Tennyson, “JimTom”,94, of Mechanicsville, MD, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving wife and family, on March 23, 2021.

Jim Tom lived his entire life in St. Mary’s County. He was born on January 5, 1927, to the late Ira Francis and Mary Alberta Guy Tennyson of Clements, MD.

Jim Tom is survived by his wife, Marion Cecil Tennyson, whom he married on August 22, 1953, at Holy Face Church in Great Mills, MD, and his seven children, Joe Mike Tennyson (Kim Newton), Carolyn Berger (Tom), Rosella Nicolet (Buddy), Barbara Lacey (Bill), Kelly Goldsborough (Chris), Francis Tennyson (Lisa), and Patrick Tennyson (Ellie). He had 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Lee Lee Massey. He always bragged that he had the best family in St. Mary’s County.

Jim Tom grew up on a farm. He learned early in life that hard work and dedication yielded many benefits. He grew tobacco, as many of the locals did “back in the day”. But, with a growing family the need arose to broaden his work resume. He was handy with a hammer and a saw, so carpentry was a logical choice. He worked for many years in the building industry in Charles and St. Mary’s Counties, eventually starting his own company building custom homes. Farming was still an important part of his life, and until the day he passed away, he was making plans for the spring garden.

Jim Tom loved sports, as a player and a fan. But his favorite sport was baseball. He was instrumental in organizing the first St. Mary’s County youth baseball teams. He played as a youth, as an adult, and later in life as a manager. He was particularly proud to have managed the St. Mary’s County Men’s Senior Olympics Team. His dedication to the sport and continued involvement with the baseball/softball teams in the County led to his induction as a member of the St. Mary’s County Softball Hall of Fame. And, how about those Orioles! They were his favorite (and not so favorite, depending on the day) team, and he could give you a play by play description of every game.

Hunting was another past time. He was a terrific shot, bagging many a bird, rabbit, or squirrel for dinner. But, as the years went on and the quail faded, he found his true passion. CARDS! Any game, any time. He loved playing rummy, pitch, poker, even solitaire. He was a member of the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge and enjoyed participating in the weekly pitch games. He played cards with family and friends, hosted his own semi-annual pitch tournaments, played poker in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Dover Downs, and is probably playing cards in Heaven right now.

Jim Tom was a humble man. He served on the Democratic Central Committee, in his early days, and continued to believe that taking the time to listen and having a kind word for everyone, was an important part of the moral character of St. Mary’s County. He dreamed big things, built beautiful homes, and brought joy to so many people. Leonardo da Vinci once said “As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death”. Jim Tom spent each and every day on earth to the fullest. He slept well, and will continue to slumber peacefully and happily in the afterlife.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, April 5, 2021, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morganza, MD. Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery.
Serving as Pallbearers will be his grandsons; Jason Beavers, JD Tennyson, Ryan Goldsborough, Daniel Berger, Christopher Tennyson, Joseph Tennyson and Kyle Nicolet. Honorary Pallbearers will be Alvin Tippett, Mike Burroughs, Jennings Anderson, Bo Tennyson, Joe Johnson, Zack Wood, Dr. John Roach, Tony Adams, Jackie Alvey, and all his fellow card players.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to; St. Joseph Catholic Church, Morganza, MD, Mechanicsville Rescue Squad, Mechanicsville, MD, or Hospice of St. Mary’s County, Callaway, MD.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5th, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Monday, April 5th, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am
    Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home
    41590 Fenwick Street
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  • Service

    Monday, April 5th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Monday, April 5th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church
    29119 Point Lookout Road
    MORGANZA, MD 20660
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    Father Drew Royals
  • Interment

    Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery
    Helen, Maryland , MD 20635
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Uncle Mike

Posted at 12:55pm
To JD and the Tennyson Family, My Condolences.

Michael Jones

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Denise & Ronnie Guy

Posted at 10:36pm
This is perhaps the most beautiful obituary of a life well lived. Mr. Tennyson and family were parishioners with my family for many years at St. Joseph’s, always a gentleman with a lovely smile and beautiful family as he would attest. May you find joy and peace in his memories and faith in his everlasting life.

Catherine Mattingly

Posted at 03:38pm
Sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Jim Tom Tennyson. I 'm sure he was met by many family members and friends, who had gone before him. He and Mrs. Tennyson attended St. Joseph's Church and sometimes I would be seated behind them.
He would acknowledge you with a slight wave or a nod and smiling the whole time. Rest in peace Mr. Jim Tom.....
Cathy (Guy) Mattingly

debra griffin

Posted at 10:54pm
Joe Mike and Family we are so sorry for your loss. Debbie and Dave Griffin

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