He was the owner of several businesses in the Fort Lauderdale, including; The Oceania, Bill and BJs, BJs, The Top Gallant and the Life Line Lounge. He was affiliated with the Cotton Tail Lounge and Irelands Inn Hotel Resort.
Mr. Tomlinson retired from Irelands Inn in October, 2000 and joined his wife in Smith County on their KNB Farm. He enjoyed his Green Acres Farm lifestyle until he returned to work at his most favorite job with Manheim Nashville Car Auction where he worked until May, 2011.
He was an avid golfer, great tennis player and enjoyed boating and fishing. He and his wife Kathy were authorized Pet Therapists for the Broward County Humane Society with their precious Pug, Bear.
Mr. Tomlinson was well known for his stories, jokes and experiences with his clientele from his restaurants and entertainment businesses. His most famous attribute was being a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Arthur Tomlinson and Marion Townsend Tomlinson, sister, Jean Tomlinson Amos, Daughter, Judy Tomlinson and one of his best friends, Wendall Kopp.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kathy Tomlinson, children Sandi (David) Archembeau of Coconut Creek, FL, Shelley Tomlinson of Tampa, Florida, and William (Nancy) Tomlinson of Jacksonville, Florida. Step-children Ann (Jim) Riffle of Hudson, Ohio, Jeff (Holly) Beatty of Macomb, MI, and Laura (Mike) Donatelli of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving: grandchildren Andrea Canora, Angela Canora, Billy Tomlinson, Michael (Mallory) Tomlinson, David Tomlinson, Amanda Riffle, Hannah Riffle, Ashley Beatty, Samantha Beatty, Emma Donatelli and Christian Donatelli; sister in law and brother-in-law Janet and Lee Fisher, who helped care for him for the past months, brother-in-law Howard Amos and nephew Randy (Judy Lindstrom) Foster. Sister-in-law Paula Battelli.
Special friends who helped with transportation during his treatments and visits include: Carl Woods, Thomas Oakley and Joe and Becky Fuller. His beloved furry companions, Opie, Bella, Lucky, Callie and Chester
Special thanks to Dr. Crutcher, Dr. Campbell and staff of the SE Cancer Care Center, Dr. Kehunde, Dr. Peyton, the Staff of Gallatin Health Care and all of his friends at the Manheim Nashville Car Auction for their prayers and well wishes.
Mr. Tomlinson interment will be in Palmyra, Ohio at a later date in Mrs. Tomlinson family cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sherrys Run, PO Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088, Leash on Life, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet or any local Humane Society and Cross Roads Fellowship Church, 7860 Linwood Drive, Lebanon, 37090, in Bills name.
Lebanons Sellars Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.