Thomas "Tom" Claude Routh, 95 of Randleman, NC passed away on August 7, 2017 at Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro, NC. Tom was born May 7, 1922 where he was a native of Randolph County. Tom started his career working in several local textile mills. During WWII, he chose to serve his country by working in the shipyards in Wilmington, NC. During the 1950's until the 1980's, he was known by many generations as the owner of Circle Inn Restaurant and the Jitterburger, in Randleman. Many people have already reached out to family members sharing their special memories made at both restaurants. In the 1960's, Circle Inn was the gathering place for the local teens on Friday nights after the football games. On Sundays after church, people lined up outside for his "country cooking" meals.
After leaving the restaurant business, he began building homes in the area with Jack Garner before his retirement. Even after retiring, he never slowed down. He loved his garden and giving his harvest to neighbors, family and friends each summer, and caring for his neighbors didn't stop there, as he continued to mow several yards on a weekly basis for the widows on his street and check on them to make sure they were okay.
"Four days before his 95th birthday, he decided to get on his ladder and clean out his gutters and unfortunately this resulted in his falling and breaking his hip.
A celebration of Tom's Life will be held at Pugh Funeral Home, 600 S. Main St., Randleman, NC on Saturday, August 12, from 2-4 pm.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Claud and Jean Trotter Routh and his siblings, John Fernando Routh, Allen (Jake) Routh, Neal Routh, John (Mitt) Routh, Burton Routh, Mabel Staley, Jessie Massey, Kate Hollingsworth, and Velma Routh, as well as several brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law.
He is survived by his wife, Mareta Perry Routh of the home; children: Judy Routh Hayes (Harry Kassel) of Randleman, Susan Routh Glenn of Augusta, GA., Patsy Routh Culbreth of Archdale, NC, Patty Ann Routh (Phyllis Hines) of Fuquay-Varina, NC; step-son, Wayne Grant (Judi) of Andover, NY. Grandchildren: Brad Sink (Summer) of Grandy, NC, Cheryl Robertson Luther (Greg) of High Point, NC, Heather Sink Cusher (Jason) of Youngsville, NC, Brent Glenn Knott (Victor) of Mooresville, NC, Trey Glenn (Brianna) of Irmo, SC and Michael Glenn (Caroline) of Chapin, SC; 11 great grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Danielle Grant of Andover, NY, Misti Grant of Rochester, NY, Mindi Graham of Andover, NY and Seth Grant of Andover, NY. and several step- great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Clinton "Spud" Routh (Ericka) of Baltimore, MD.; sisters: Helen Campbell of Sophia, NC, Gladys Brown of Archdale, NC, and Bobbie Lineberry (Harold Hammond) of Randleman, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Routh family would like to extend a very special thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice House and especially to Nancy and Kathy our 2nd shift angels.
Please no flowers, as the family has requested that all memorial contributions be made to the Hospice House, 416 Vision drive, Asheboro, NC 27203 or North Pointe Assisted Living Activities Fund, 1195 Pineview St., Asheboro, NC 27203 in his memory.
Remembrances and condolences may be made to the Routh Family at www.pughfuneralhome.com