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“Been a long ride Dad. So proud of you and your life's accomplishments. Always have been. You had such an interesting life meeting some famous people...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Terry Wills - Middletown, OH

“Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God continue...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: The Huntington National Bank Oaklandon Branch - IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Mary O'Donnell ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Mary O'Donnell - Beech Grove, IN

“So sorry to lose a local legend.My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Ron Sutton - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

“So sorry to lose a local legend.My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Ron Sutton - INDIANAPOLIS, IN


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G. Thomas (Tommy) Wills, 93, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away on October 20, 2017. Wills was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio to Orval Wills and Lucille (May) Wills on August 7, 1924. He had been a resident of Indianapolis since 1970.Tommy was a well-known musician, traveling the United States and Canada, leading the Eddie Howard Orchestra and also the Ted Weems Orchestra. Tommy's big hit was "Man With A Horn" in 1963, and was on jukeboxes worldwide. He was inducted into the Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009. Tommy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Verla, three sons, Terry, Tommy and Todd, also two step-sons, Stephen and Michael Thomas, and step-daughter Jennifer Faires and good friend, Ron Sutton. He also had 10 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Service for Thomas will take place on November 19, 2017 from 2:00 PM -6:00 PM at Hendryx Mortuary- Cumberland Chapel, 11636 East Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46229. Hendryx Mortuaries is honored to be assisting the family with the services. Online condolences may be made at www.hendryxmortuary.com or the Hendryx Mortuaries' Facebook page.

More information regarding Tommy's long history and impact on the local music scene can be found at the following link:
https://www.nuvo.net/music/genre_archives/tommy-wills-man-with-a-horn/article_7872d51e-5c2c-5cb2-bc6a-547b4d72ae26.html
Article was sited on October 19, 2017, from NUVO.net; Author : Chuck Workman, Dated: August 4, 2009.