Thomas L. Claypool, 59, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Oct. 9, 2017, at Meche Hospice in Tampa, Fla.

He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A 1980 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Thomas rose to the position of aircraft commander on the Stratofortress B-52.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick D. Claypool of Goldsboro, N.C.

Thomas is survived by his mother, Ida Gibson Claypool of Goldsboro, N.C., formerly of Farmer City; his sister, Teresa Nicholls, and brother-in-law, Mikal Nicholls, of Lakeland, Fla.; nieces Angela Buckley and Kimberly Tokar; and nephew John Nicholls.

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