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Allen Ray "Tommy" Chew
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 • Posted September 12, 2012

Allen Ray “Tommy” Chew, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, September 6, at the age of 87.

Mr. Chew is survived by his wife Beth Chew of Mason, a son Ron Chew and wife Suzann, of Kerrville a daughter Jeanne Chew of Von Ormy and two grandchildren Jaime Chew of Brooklyn, New York and Nicholas Chew of Kerrville. He was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers Lola Mae Underwood, Ossie Chew, Cecil Chew, Alma Wainscott, Woodrow Chew, Naomi Brown, Margie Anderson, Norma Chew and Percy Chew.

“Tommy” was born in Llano County on October 9, 1924, to Elisha Leon Chew and Flora Bell Denis Chew. He lived most of his life in Mason. During World War II he served as an M.P. in the Army Air Corps. He had wanted to be a mechanic, but since he was a Golden Glove bantam weight boxing champion, the military had other plans for him. On June 1, 1947, he married Beth Evans in Mason.

He was a hard working man who loved the outdoors. For 20 years he served as Precinct 1 County Commissioner. With the help of his wife he owned and operated the Odeon Theater and Mason Auto Supply. He enjoyed breaking horses, going to rodeos, hunting with his coon dogs and fishing. He also raced hot rods on dirt tracks around the area. He had an ear for music and had his own country and western band “Tommy Chew and The Orange Blossom Special”.

Funeral services for Tommy Chew were held on Sunday, September 9, at 3:00 p.m. in the Mason Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Coleen Haley officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Gooch Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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