"We lost a real friend of the community," said Paul Foley, Thomas Foley's son, "He had--has--a lot of friends around here."
A pillar of the Wichita Falls community, Thomas Foley dedicated his life to helping those around him, and improving the place he called home.
"He was one that believed in chipping in, doing whatever it's going to take to get the job done," said Paul, "then slipping off before anybody knew who had any part in it."
In 1946, Thomas Foley and two other men founded Wichita Sand and Gravel. He then went on to form City Concrete in 1967, where he worked the rest of his days.
His funeral procession on Tuesday was escorted by four concrete trucks, a fitting scene for the man they called Mr. Concrete.
"He didn't ask for them to be here," explained Thomas's son John, "but all those companies wanted to be represented. So, yes, I'd say he touched quite a few people's lives."
Through his work, Foley's family and friends said he was able to give back to the community.
"When he was a young man, he was one of the 10 most influential people in the City," said long time friend Arthur Litteken of OK Concrete, "I was proud of that, he wasn't very proud, he didn't like the limelight at all."
When the falls were re-built and then dedicated in 1987, they were dedicated to Thomas Foley, who was instrumental throughout the building process.
"It came really as kind of a surprise to him because he didn't know about the honor, the plaque and so fourth," said Paul, "it surprised him and [it's] something he's taken so much pride in for all these years."
Foley even helped build businesses for his friends.
"He put me in business," said Litteken, "he told me how to run it how to operate it. When I did good, he'd say try to do the same thing again."
Aside from his business endeavors, Foley was also a City Council member, sat on the Board of Directors of Camp Fire of North Texas, he was a member of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and President of Texas Ready Mix Association.
But his family is what inspired him the most.
"Nobody ever thought he was very far from them," said Paul.
And even in death, his lively spirit endures.
"He would want everybody to have a good time and laugh," said Litteken, "instead of shedding any tears."
Thomas Foley was 92 years old when he passed.
He has 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.
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