Myles Thomas Tune
Published: February 11, 2013
Mr. MYLES THOMAS TUNE, 83, of Little Rock, Ark., a Murray, Ky. native, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Mr. Tune: a minister, entrepreneur, businessman and missionary. For 50 years, most everyone knew him simply as "Tom." During the days of segregation, Tune's family was the first white missionaries in American history to be sent to a foreign country supported by solely African American churches. Though he operated a number of businesses in his mid-life, he was best known as a preacher and missionary for the Churches of Christ. He spent the last ten years in Vietnam, establishing two churches and a school to teach English. Currently, over 150 underprivileged students are able to attend school through his program known as "Tom's Kids." A world traveler, he sailed his boat the Dorcas Sue nearly around the world on mission trips and authored five books about his adventures. He leaves behind four children, Mike and wife Monica of Virginia, Tim and wife Bettie of Florida, Sue and husband Johnny of Colorado and Ruby of Tennessee. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two nieces, Debbie Austin and Judy Osborne; and one nephew Jimmy Austin. Funeral services will be held at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home in Murray, Ky. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in the Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Tom's Kids" through Amazing Grace International, P.O. Box 8453, Falls Church, Va. 22041 (or online at www.amazinggraceinternational.com). Online condolences can be made at, www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.