Southern Gentlemen Passes

By Mary Ann Bowles | July 23, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Condolences are offered to the family of Thomas Carmody, 80, a veteran Shreveport, Louisiana, oilman, and well-known Southern senior badminton champion, who passed away July 17, 2012, of complications following surgery.  Tom was a long-time member of the Shreveport Badminton Club, and welcomed players to club venues from the downtown YMCA to the LSU-Shreveport fieldhouse from the 1950's on.  He was the inspiration for this writer's beginning career, letting me slip into the YMCA once a week after work in the summer to try to compete with the local men's doubles teams.  He was a real gentleman, kind, loving, and always with a twinkle in his eye. 

Tom was born January 7, 1932, in Shreveport, and graduated from Georgetown University and Centenary College.  He was president of Mallard Drilling Corporation and Gloster Lumber Company, and remained active in the oil and gas business until his death.  A longtime director of the Southern Badminton Association, he served several terms as President.  

Tom won the National Seniors’ Badminton tournament doubles competition in Orlando, Florida, in 1984.  He also won the following National Senior Men’s Doubles titles:  50MD with Dick Witte (MO) in 1982; 60MD with Duane Enochs (CA) in 1995 and 1996; and 70MD with Duane Enochs in 1996, 1997, and 2003.  He was inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions in 1992, the only badminton player in the museum from the Ark-La-Tex.  In his last years, he coached badminton as adjunct professor at Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katherine; 12 children; 28 grandchildren; and a brother and sister.  A Mass of the Resurrection was held Friday, July 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with burial at Forest Park Cemetery.  Honorary pallbearers included Joe Averett, another longtime Shreveport badminton player.