Thomas Hugh Plyler
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Thomas Hugh Plyler
  • March 23, 1944 - October 23, 2017
  • Statesville, North Carolina

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Tommy Plyler, 73 years old, of Statesville, NC passed away on Monday October 23, 2017 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Thomas Hugh Plyler "Tommy" was the son of the late Emory Hugh "Tom" and Mildred Beck Plyler.

Tommy started his musical journey in the 60's with high school friends Alan Eisele, Johnny Holland and Andy Gabriel. They formed a group called the Indigos, performing at local venues. This was the beginning of a lifelong passion of writing and performing music. It was the group the Catalinas that things really started for Tommy. As a member, Tommy played trumpet and sang backup along with Johnny Edwards and Jack Stallings. His strongest qualities were song writing and showmanship. Tommy wrote the only song nationally released for the Catalinas, "You haven't the Right". Shortly after leaving the Catalinas Tommy moved to California, still playing music while attending Cal State University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Music Composition.

Tommy returned to North Carolina continuing to perform with different groups like The Fantastic Shakers and Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. In 2011 Tommy released his Castaways album, a collection of songs written and recorded by him throughout the years.
Tommy continued to perform and write music even with some setbacks due to health issues. He recently stated to a friend, "I have no regrets; I have really enjoyed the ride. When you jump on a rollercoaster, you don't think about where it's going, you just enjoy the ride".

Tommy is survived to cherish his memory by his son, Thomas Hugh Plyler, Jr.; his brother, Dan Plyler and wife Dereka; nephews, Daniel and Derek Plyler and a niece, Devyn Plyler. He will also be remembered by his many fans through the years, his friends who he performed with and his many friends he met for breakfast at McDonald's.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3:30 to 4pm at the Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Ave., Statesville. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 4pm in the Westmoreland Chapel of the funeral home. Following the service the family is asking those in attendance to join them for light refreshments and finger foods and continue to share stories and memories of Tommy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Tommy's memory to the Ronald McDonald House.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Plyler Family.