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Friends remember hometown legend and NFL star, Tommie Minter


Tommie Minter, 74, a former NFL player who got his football start at Gladewater High School in the fifties, was killed Wednesday in a car accident while visiting his cousin in Longview.

Pictures may have faded, but Tommie Minter’s impact on Gladewater is vibrant as ever.

On Main Street, he was the talk of the lunch hour.

“All my life, and he was a very nice gentleman, a very nice guy, everybody in town loved Tommie,” Gay Humphries, a friend of Tommie’s, said.

Minter was often the topic of conversation among those who knew him, especially amongst the ladies.

“Oh yes, he was very handsome, very,” she said.

He was voted most popular student multiple years at Gladewater High School. Today, friends remembered a hometown legend.

“His mother was a wonderful woman and Tommie was a devoted son, let me tell you,” said Sandra Edmonson Day, a friend of Tommie’s.

Tommie was a standout in basketball, football, and track. He went on to play football for Baylor and was drafted into the NFL in 1962 by the Minnesota Vikings.

“It saddens you when you know someone like that and you know, he’s up there with his mother,” Day said.

He leaves behind his wife, Nancy, two adult daughters and a son. He lived with his wife in Austin.

“They lost a good person when they lost him, because Tommie was a good man, he really was,” Day said.

Despite his success, he always stayed humble and a gentleman to many, according to friends.

“We have a great loss, we’re really gonna miss him,” said Humphries

Funeral plans are being made for September 23 or 28, but no location has been set.

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