Tom Langston

Tom Langston

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Honea Path, S.C.
(Tom Langston) Thomas Aubrey “Tom” Langston died peacefully at The Maples in Honea Path on Friday, December 11, 2020. After blessing this world with 89 years of joy, Tom went to his heavenly home.

Tom was the son of sharecroppers and was born and raised in Central, S.C. under modest conditions during the Great Depression and later served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Many will remember him best as a door-to-door coffee salesman that became a businessman who built many commercial properties - provided jobs & a livelihood for so many people - and very successful in his industry as the founder & owner of Langston Real Estate.

As a very active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Honea Path, S.C., he was very involved as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, leader of the men’s group and various other contributions.

His family knew him only as a kind and mild mannered gentleman - a helper - a giver! He took pride in all he did - from the way he dressed or made his bed - to planting flowers everywhere. Papa Tom - as he was affectionately called - was known for his long entertaining “true” stories, which he loved to repeat often.

Tom was a beautiful combination of someone who truly loved life & a firm understanding of what was important - the simplicity of living a life of faith. He indeed lived by his faith - letting it guide his personal & business life. In 2014, he wrote his memoirs in a book titled “Walking On Faith”

His love of family shows in all that knew him. Surviving are his wife – Ginna Seay Langston, his daughter, Malette Gambrell (Grady) ; two grandchildren: Sara Gambrell Kotula, and Brock Langston Gambrell, & three great-grandchildren: Abby, Michael & Jacob Kotula.

He was the oldest of seven - six boys & one girl. Predeceased by his parents, Alvin & Lettie Gillespie Langston and two brothers - Norman (Martha Ann) & Jerry. He is survived by his siblings Bobby Langston (Betty) , Jimmy Langston (Margaret), Nancy Nasim (Mo), and Dean Langston (Linda).

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years - Jean Black Langston.

He had a life well lived & will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:00am at The First Baptist Church of Honea Path 100 S. Main St. Honea Path, S.C. 29654. Rev. Megan Boatwright, and Rev. Gayle Beaudrot will officiate. Burial will follow in the Honea Path City Cemetery.

Following the graveside committal service, the family will speak to attendees in the fellowship hall of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Social distancing is to be observed and face masks are recommended at all events.

The family is at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church 101 S. Main St. Honea Path, S.C. 29654.

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  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 11:00am
    The First Baptist Church of Honea Path
    100 S. Main St
    Honea Path, SC 29654
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    Social distancing is to be observed and face masks are recommended.
    Following the graveside committal service, the family will speak to attendees in the fellowship hall of Trinity United Methodist Church.
    Rev. Megan Boatwright
    Rev. Gayle Beaudrot


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Doug Harper

Posted at 10:54am
Doug Harper
Mr. Tom was one of a kind. His friendliness, gentle and caring spirit, and his faith stood out among men. I had to good fortune to meet him early in my career and work with him on some of his development projects. But more importantly we become friends and spent some time together outside of work. I always looked forward to being around him because he would lift you up and you always learned something about life. He had a wonderful impact on many people and will be missed. His was a life well lived!
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Malette and the Langston family. I am sorry not to have been able to attend the services but I was there in spirit.

Ashawnti "Ti" Smith

Posted at 07:49pm
Langston/Gambrell Family,

I send my deepest sympathy for your loss. Growing up around Sara and Brock I fondly remember seeing Mr. Tom when we were playing together as kids at the real estate office, visiting the log cabin in elementary school and when he'd always offer to buy me a milkshake when he saw me at hardees. But the most impactful memory is long after I'd grown up and went off to clemson surprisngly he didn't forget me. He sent a message thru Russell Young to tell me he hadn't forgotten me and he was proud of me as I neared graduation. A testament of the goodness in his heart for all that had the pleasure to know him. Rest easy Mr. Tom

Ashawnti "Ti" Smith

Dennis B Fowler

Posted at 10:01am
My sincere condolences to Tom's family, friends and neighbors. Having done business with Tom ,I can amen the sentiments and observations of the obituary written for him Tom was a true gentleman and a pleasure to encounter in business and every day meetings. He will be truly missed.

God's blessings in every memory of Tom.

Dennis Fowler

Jim Brewster

Posted at 08:20am
Prayers for the Family. Mr. Tom a Good man!

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