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#26 Cheater

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Posted 22 March 2021 - 10:58 PM

Another great pic of Tommy from when he set a new world record qualifying time for the C-12 class at the 2005 National Championships.

 

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Posted 24 March 2021 - 10:21 AM

A huge void has opened in our small community of slot car racers.

 

Tommy was all-encompassing when it came to this hobby we so love called slot cars.

 

Words cannot express the deep sense of loss that I personally am experiencing with the loss of my friend Tommy Flythe.

 

It will be a long time, if ever, before we see an individual such as him come to this hobby.

 

Its just hard to believe that he is gone from racing and life as we know it.

 

I have a feeling that if there is a track up there where Tommy is at he already setting records!

Rest In peace, my friend, you are missed by many 

 

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Posted 24 March 2021 - 01:37 PM

Cheater called me the other night while I was framing a picture of Tommy. He fished at our house often and the picture is of Tommy and a largemouth bass. He liked fishing almost as much as slot car racing. We would hear the dogs barking and would walk outside, to find Tommy fishing.
 
We are all better people for having known Tommy. I remember when he was going out of town to race and I would give him one of my track's T-shirts, tires, and braid and he was happy as could be! Tommy has been a great friend for 34 years and I will really miss him.
 
No one loved slot racing more than Tommy. The Purple Mile was Tommy's favorite track and my home track is a scale version. I will have a memorial race for Tommy once everything settles down. If you want to be on the list, please let me know. I'm sure I will walk outside many times in the future, expecting to see Tommy, but before I do, I'll be sure to turn the track on, because Tommy liked to race once it was too dark to fish.
 
God bless you, Tommy, and Godspeed!


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Posted 24 March 2021 - 08:56 PM

Tim,

I went with Tommy to a memorial race for your brother Phillip at your farm. I can remember after the race Tommy fishing in the lake.

I have now moved back to Australia but still remember that day.
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Posted 24 March 2021 - 09:34 PM

That’s really sad news. l met Tommy at Peachtree City and he was was the nicest person you will ever meet.

 

RIP, Tommy, thoughts and prayers.


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Posted 24 March 2021 - 10:09 PM

Hey, I never knew Tommy was a fisherman until now.   :)  Wish I had known that. Maybe someday on the other side, if I'm worthy, I'll talk fishin' with him.

 

Tommy was also motor builder – he gifted me one of his built X12 motors years ago. I still have it. I need to clean, oil, check, and put it in a boxstock wing car.   :)


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Posted 26 March 2021 - 03:50 PM

Obituary for Tommy Flythe 1955-2021:

 

We are sad to announce that on March 20, 2021, we had to say goodbye to Tommy Flythe (Riverdale, Georgia). 

 
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 4 PM to 6 PM and a celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1:00 PM at the the Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home (6580 Church St, Riverdale, GA 30274).
 
To adhere to the social distancing mandate, only 50 people are allowed at the service. We also require that everyone attending the viewing and service to please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 11:08 AM

Tommy's passing is unfathomable to me.

 

I met him through my husband, Tim, probably 20 years ago now. He was always full of joy and so enthusiastic about slot car racing. He would loan me a car, knowing full well it would get dinged badly, but wanted us to race. I feel like I learned from the best, because between Tim and Tommy, I did fairly well for someone who previously never even knew about the sport.

 

The comaraderie was special, and we always had a great time. We always enjoyed when Tommy came over. Sometimes he would bring his son with him and they would have a good time fishing, if we could keep our dogs away from him. He had a snake that liked to follow him around the pond last year, but Tommy took care of him... Tommy was just an all-around good guy, and we will really miss him.

 

We've shed many tears when we learned of his passing, and I am sure we will shed more in the future when we think of him. I personally feel very blessed to have known him, and I don't say that phrase lightly. I appreciate that he helped keep our country a safer place through his service, and our lives were made richer by knowing him.

 

I pray for comfort for his family. Rest in peace, dear friend. Godspeed!


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Posted 29 March 2021 - 04:24 PM

Have not been on here in a while. Shocked to hear this news. He was always a joy to be around.

 

Praying for his family.


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Posted 04 December 2022 - 07:06 PM

Two of Tommy's Can-Am Retro cars.

 

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Posted 04 December 2022 - 07:59 PM

Tommy was one of the very best friends I made through slot racing. I miss him terribly.


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