Tommy Dean Stamps, 50, of Kansas City, Missouri, died peacefully March 17, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

Tommy Dean Stamps, 50, of Kansas City, Missouri, died peacefully March 17, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

Tom was born September 22, 1960, the son of Lewis and Rose Mary (Green) Stamps and youngest brother to Lewis Wesley, Jr. (Louie) and Danny Stamps. He grew up in Northeast Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Osage, Arkansas, graduating from high school in Alpena, Arkansas in 1978. Tom worked as a mechanic and eventually joined his father, Lewis to be an over-the-road trucker, traveling most of the United States. He found great joy in trucking and found a freedom that let him see the country, meet people, and always be on the move.

Tom was deeply loved and survived by his parents, Lewis and Rose Mary Stamps of Osage, AR; two brothers, Louie Stamps of Kansas City, MO; Danny Stamps and wife, Pegi, of Blue Springs, MO; one son, Eric Dean Stamps of Fayetteville, AR; one daughter, Melanie Stamps of Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter, Ava Stamps of Gentry, AR; grandmother, Mary Cosentino of Lee’s Summit, MO; nephew, Nathan Stamps of Blue Springs, MO; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2011, at Nelson’s Green Forest Chapel.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the Liberty Cemetery with Brother Nathan Ritchie officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc.

A celebration of life will be held at the Independence, Missouri FOP Lodge 18300 East M – 78 Highway, Independence, MO  64057, on Sunday, April 17, 2011, 2 p.m. ~ 6 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.