Tommy Addison Branch 179 - North Louisiana Vintage Tractor Club
Tommy Addison was raised in rural De Soto Parish, LA. He served his country in the Air Force. Through his life, Tommy developed a love for old farm tractors and equipment. Tommy was involved with antique tractor clubs in east Texas and became a founding member of North Louisiana Vintage Tractor Club. Later,Tommy assisted in forming other clubs in Louisiana which all joined EDGE&TA.
Tommy did not seek to be an officer of the clubs, but did serve as Chairman of the Board for North Louisiana Vintage Tractor Club.
Tommy recognized the leadership in others and encourage them to seek the office that would benefit the club in its activities.
If there was a World Championship for Tractor Drivers, then Tommy Addison would be the recipient of that award. Tommy was a people person and helped everyone that was around him. He never turned down any problem that was brought before him. Tommy gave you his undivided attention when you were discussing tractors and you felt as though you and he was the only one that was on the earth. He gave everyone the opportunity to better themselves with their tractors from giving them pointers on pulling or fine tuning a 40+ year old tractor that was dragged out of the weeds and woods that everyone else had given up on. Tommy knew the EDGE&TA rules and was track master at almost every pull or club that he was active in. He was the hub that made the wheels turn in several clubs in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. He was the one person that was looked upon to steer you in the right direction and get these clubs up and going. Tommy is sorely missed since his passing but left a legacy that will never be forgotten. Heaven gained the best all around tractor man that was known to this area.
There were no EDGE&TA branches in North Louisiana. With the encouragement and support of Tommy Addison, there is now three strong and active branches in North Louisiana. The members of these branches and the branches in East Texas will verify that Tommy Addison is truly deserving the honor of being in the EDGE&TA Hall of Fame.