Thomas M. Chism, a longtime friend of Carroll Institute, entered the Lord’s presence on Saturday, February 9, 2013, after a yearlong struggle with cancer. His “Celebration of Life” service was held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Agape Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas.
Tom was born in Kentucky in 1928 and met his wife, Frances, at Carson Newman College in 1949. Tom and Frances lived in El Paso for over 35 years. During that time, he worked as a BSU director, a teacher, and held numerous administrative positions at the University of Texas at El Paso. He and his family were active members of First Baptist Church, El Paso. For many years he taught the Business Men’s Bible Class. After retiring, Tom continued working in the Developmental Offices of Southwestern Seminary, Baylor University, Truett Seminary, and B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. He was elected as the first Director of Development for Carroll Institute in 2003 and was part of the early planning meetings to launch the Institute.
Tom was an active member of Agape Baptist Church, Fort Worth. He worked tirelessly in Baptist life for tolerance, acceptance, and social justice. Tom’s life was a living testimony to his faith. In all that he said and did, he embodied the message and example of Jesus. He cherished his family above all else. The number of lives he touched over the years is innumerable. He walked always in love, grace and compassion. Tom was passionate about encouraging young people to further their education and to find church homes. He was a master furniture refinisher and picture framer. In every project he undertook, no matter how large or small, he always sought to exceed expectations. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances; his children, Steve and Kay Chism, Judy and Randy Malazzo; his grandchildren, Michael and Amy Chism, Sarah and Jose Carbajal, Rejy and Tara Bacchus, Meredith Simpson; his great-grandchildren, Connor and Grayson Simpson; a large extended family; and a host of friends.