William Thomas Nourse (7/30/1935 - 1/2/2019)

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Stewart Family Funeral Home - Tyler
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX

On Jan. 2, 2019, William Thomas Nourse died peacefully at Brookdale Home surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Starr Jones Nourse; his children, Robert Scott Nourse and wife, Dacrie Somers Nourse; and William Michael Nourse; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Haiden Nourse, and London Avery Nouse. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Sara Lou Nourse, two nephews and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Earl Nourse and Elizabeth Somerville Nourse, as well as his brother, Stephen Terrill Nourse. Tom was also a descendant of Joseph and Maria Nourse. Joseph was the first Register of the United States Treasury.

Tom was born July 30, 1935, in Muskogee, Oklahoma and moved to Tyler in 1937 with his parents. His father later founded East Texas Engraving Company which has remained in business for many years.

Tom attended Tyler public schools and graduated from Tyler High School in 1953. He was co-captain of the 1952 football team and went on to play football for a short time at the University of Texas. He was an enthusiastic golfer, spending many hours with friends on golf courses throughout the country.

Tom attended the University of Texas at Austin for a period of time and then joined the Army. After finishing his period of service in the Army, he returned to the university to complete his degree in accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant. In 1968 he joined Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. (KPMG) in the Dallas office as assistant accountant in the audit department. He was made Senior Accountant in 1965 and Audit Supervisor in 1967. After moving to Amarillo and then Austin 1970, he was made managing partner of the Austin office from 1974 to 1984. In 1984 Tom and family moved to Denver, Colorado with KPMG and was a partner in charge of audits. He moved to New York City to the KPMG executive office where he spent five years. In 1994 he moved back Denver and then retired.

He was President of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Certified Public Accountants as well as a member of the Board of Directors and President of Junior Achievement of Central Texas. He was on the Board of Directors of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Austin Center Stage. He served for six years on the University of Texas Accounting Faculty and Advisory Board of the Department of Business. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Denver Children's Choral, Denver Historical Society, Denver Lyric Opera Guild and member of the President's Council of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Tom moved to Tyler in 2001. He was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church and served on the Finance Committee, was a past member of Wauhillau Outing Club, (a hundred year old hunting club in Oklahoma), Willow Brook Country Club and past member of the Board of Directors of the East Texas Symphony. His love and knowledge of classical music and opera was phenomenal.

Special gratitude is expressed to Tom's dedicated caregivers and Brookdale's caring staff, who gave their constant support during Tom's illness. Memorial services will be held at Marvin United Methodist Church Chapel on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at Rose Hill Cemetery prior to the memorial service. A reception will be held in the parlor after the service.

The family requests in lieu of flowers any memorials be made to the East Texas Symphony, 107 East Erwin Street, 75702, Music Ministry of Marvin Methodist Church, 300 West Erwin Street, 75702 or the Alzheimer's Alliance Association of East Texas, 211 Winchester Drive, 75701.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 4, 2019
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