Thomas Macaulay Babington III, 1934-2015

Thomas Babington

Thomas Babington

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Macaulay Babington III, 81, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

He was born in Franklinton, La., to Thomas Macauley Babington Jr. and Selma Mafin Richardson. Tom served during the Korean War in the Coast Guard/Navy and later in the U.S. Army Reserve. He attended seminary at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Vanderbilt. Serving as chaplain for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Brooklyn, Nashville, Dallas and Alexandria, La., he trained institutional chaplains through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. He also trained chaplains at Lady of the Lake Catholic Hospital, Baton Rouge and Jefferson Regional Memorial Center, Pine Bluff.

An elder in the Lousiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served in pastoral appointments at St. John’s UMC Baton Rouge, and Arkansas Conference United Methodist churches at Oil Trough, Hazel Edwards Memorial (Newark) and Bethel-Jacksonville. He mentored innumerable individuals over his more than 60-year career.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sallie Knight. A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sybil Blankinship; his daughter, Kelly French; his son, Thomas Daniel; and a grandchild, Cayla French.

A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church Maumelle on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Memorials may be made to First UMC, 1201 Edgewood Drive, Maumelle, AR 72113.