Thomas MacMahon, age 75, was born on January 14, 1946, in Halesowen, England, to Peter and Freda MacMahon. He got the call to Christian ministry as a teen and went to Elim Pentecostal Bible College in London. After pastoring some English village parishes, he heard God’s direction to go to America to preach, so he arrived in the US with literally $5 and God’s promise to supply his needs. The rest of his life he devoted to full time ministry and studies.
He studied to get his bachelors, masters, and doctorate of ministry over 15 years , then went on to get a Masters in Counseling after taking early retirement from pulpit ministry. The last ten years he did Christian counseling, first at Fort Smith Central Mall, then at his country home, Willowbrook, where he enjoyed tending his English flower gardens.
He loved ministering and served many churches in many states. He brought many into the Christian faith. He was also a talented singer and songwriter and enjoyed leading worship and giving Christian concerts.
He achieved many things in the academic world and in ministry, but the family agrees that his greatest achievement was being a devoted husband and father. He rescued a single mom and family of four small children, raising them as his own, and helping them to achieve their individual goals. His later years were filled with the joys of his many grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Carolyn MacMahon of Mena; his children, Andy McDonald of Vancouver, Washington, Heather Vera of Springdale, Arkansas, Dr. Gordon McDonald of Mena, and Greg McDonald of Mena; eighteen grandchildren; his sisters, Grace Jones, Margaret Westwood, Freda MacMahon, and Clodagh Brown all of Birmingham, England; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be missed down here, but we know he is finally rejoicing in the presence of his Lord.
A graveside service will be Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Old Dallas Cemetery with Brother Charley Grosse officiating. Arrangements are entrusted Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
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