Tommye Allen Jackson Pullam, lovingly known as “Mimi” was the fifth of seven children born to Clarence W. and Bernice Mays Jackson in Robstown, Texas on June 16, 1928.
Her parents, one brother, Carroll and two sisters, Betty Lou and Lila Lee preceded her in death. She was married to Henry A. Pullam Jr. who also preceded her in death.
At an early age, Tommye professed a hope in Christ and was baptized at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, the church in which her grandparents were founding members. Tommye was a faithful member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Senior Choir and served as Baptist Training Union Director and Principal of Vacation Bible School, many years prior to leaving the city. Upon relocating to Aurora, Colorado, Tommye became an active member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado. In 1987, she returned to Texas and united with Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. She was a member of the Women’s and Sanctuary Choirs
She began her early education in Robstown, Texas at Phyllis Wheatley Elementary and later graduated Solomon M. Coles High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Huston-Tillotson College. Tommye also completed advanced studies in Education and Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas and Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas (now known as Texas A&M-Kingsville). Tommye retired in 1984 after completing 33 years as an educator in the Robstown and Corpus Christi Independent School Districts. She served as Vice President of the Robstown Faculty Association, Section leader for teachers of gifted students and Chairperson of the Intermediate Department at Wynn Seale Junior High School. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for 66 years. Having been initiated into Alpha Nu undergraduate chapter at Tillotson College in Austin, Texas. She later became a charter member of Beta Kappa chapter that was chartered on the campus of the merged Huston and Tillotson colleges. She also provided service to the community through active involvement with Delta Gamma Omega graduate chapter in Corpus Christi, Texas and Alpha Xi Omega graduate chapter in Dallas, Texas. She received awards, plaques and certificates in recognition for her service to the Sorority.
Tommye provided many hours of service within the community that included Cub Scout Den Mother, Dallas Independent School District Adopt-A-School, Mothers Against Teen Violence (MATV), Life Walk for Aids, Voter Registration, Alpha Xi Omega Math and Science Initiative, Education Advancement Foundation (EAF) scholarship candidate Review team and Alpha Xi Omega Music committee.
In departing this life on April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday, Tommye leaves to cherish her memory and to not forget the outstanding person she was, three beloved siblings, Bernice Greenwood, Clarence (Carlene) Jackson Jr. and Barbara (Willie David.) Finley; two devoted sister-in-laws, Willa Mae Jackson and Doris Pullam Hines; three children, Constance Marion Washington, Deborah Yvonne (B.J.) Moore and Henry Albert (Kimberly) Pullam, III; four grandchildren and three great-grand children and two great-great grandchildren.A host of other dear relatives, colleagues, sorority sisters, special friends and neighbors will forever remember her beautiful spirit.
Services were held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was held at Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangments under the direction of Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, 5026 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi, Texas