Earl Thomas “Tommy” Jacobs Sr.

Born on 03/27/1937

Departed on 03/17/2017

Resided in King George, Virginia

Earl Thomas “Tommy” Jacobs Sr., 79, of White Oak passed away peacefully to be with his Lord on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Earl was the owner and operator of E.T. Automotive.  He was a beloved legend in the drag racing community.  Earl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Earl is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; his daughters, Teecie Jacobs Schultz (Mark) and Tara Jacobs Morton; his sons, Earl Thomas Jacobs Jr. (Kelli), Mark Jacobs, and Wesley Jacobs (Ashley); his 13 grandchildren, Earl Thomas Jacobs III (Darcy), Brooke Morton, Dylan Schultz, Dana Jacobs Runals (Matt), Cassie Durling (Cliff), Brooke Clark (Justin), Brittany Clark, Wesley Jacobs Jr., Joshua Jacobs, Morgan Jacobs, Taylor Garner, Daniel Jacobs, Autumn Jacobs; his two great-grandsons, Jacob Turnbull, and Kingsten Turnbull; granddaughter-in-law, Christina Turnbull; his siblings, Barbara Jean Paul (Billy) of MD, Jackie Jacobs (Ruby), Dorothy McCormick (Forrest), Terry Jacobs (Rachel), Jimmy Jacobs (Dianne), Bea Wondree (Michael); sister-in-laws Peggy Bauckman and Brenda Osborne (Mike); special cousin Patsy Parr; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful friend, Duke.  Mr. Jacobs was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lily Jacobs; his oldest grandson, Keith Turnbull Jr.; daughter-in-law Crystal Jacobs; his brothers, Bobby Bauckman and Fred Jacobs.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at Potomac Baptist Church Cemetery, 8103 Comorn Rd, King George, VA  22485.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN  38105.


37 thoughts on Earl Thomas “Tommy” Jacobs Sr.

  1. Becky Butler-Guy on said:

    Dear Sharon and family~
    I am so sorry Tommy has left his physical body but am certain he will be clothed in rich robes around the Master’s throne. My brother-in-law raced on the Strip with Tommy many times and my son grew up in school with some of your children. Of course, I knew your father WELL. You have my sincere sympathy as you move into acceptance in the months ahead. God bless you and all your children!

  2. Angel & Robert on said:

    I was blessed to pray with and for Tommy, and in getting to know his precious family he loved so much… I am sure he is resting in the arms of Jesus… My you all find comfort in this and in the stories shared as you gather together to remember his life. God bless you all.

  3. Mike Blevins on said:

    Tommy Jacobs was one of a kind. He could make a high performance engine sing a song the way only a very few ever could. An absolute icon of the drag racing world. I had known him for over 40 years. Back in the day when my father was deeply involved with drag racing, Tommy Jacobs was always the one you had to beat and everyone knew it. Those days were the beginning of his legend as a racer. He was also not one to be bashful. He would tell you exactly what he thought about you in a heartbeat. I appreciated the high degree of honesty that went along with that trait. Sadly, It is something not seen very much in this world anymore. To his family and many friends I offer my most sincere sympathy. To lose an icon is never easy. To lose one such as Tommy “ET” Jacobs is devastating.

  4. Lori Spivey on said:

    It had been so long since I had seem Tommy since I had moved but I know Tommy was a person that he would do anything for you if he could , I know he will be greatly missed… God bless you Sharon, may the comfort and peace of the Lord be with you and all the family… Love you all!!!

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  6. Wendy Pates Howdershelt on said:

    Sharon, Wesley and Family
    So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. He was a one of a kind person. I remember msny a time when my brother John and Wesley would play football and race cars. Cherish the wonderful memories you have. May you find peace in God during this difficult time.

  7. Debbie Fenton & Family on said:

    Sharon and Family
    So very sorry for your loss,. Tommy was a good friend to our family and many more. He was loved by many and everyone who knew him, have stories and memories to tell. He will be missed by everyone he touched.

  8. Pam and Buzzy Green on said:

    Sharon so sorry for the loss of ET We all loved him so much Prayers for you and the family If you need anything please let us know Lots of love and prayers <3 He will be missed for sure .

  9. Darcy on said:

    Grandpa Jacobs was one of a kind. He accepted me with no question into his family. He always had a smile on face and was always laughing..and always talking about the race world. No one will ever be able to replace you grandpa..I am so lucky to be considered apart your life. RIP. I love you.

  10. Donna Woodard on said:

    My thoughts & prayers are with each of you in your time of sorrow. May God ease your pain knowing he’s in his Heavenly Home. Love to you all.

  11. Caroll & Patricia Shelton on said:

    Sharon & Entire Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. We are so sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. God bless each of you.

  12. Jose A. Brown on said:

    To the Jacobs Family,

    My deepest sympathy, extended condolences and prayers ar with each of you during your bereavement.

    During my first meeting with Tommy, we ha a wonderful conversation. He was a real gentleman.


    Jose A. Brown

  13. Jose A. Brown on said:

    To the Jacobs Family,

    My deepest sympathy, extended condolences and prayers are with each of you during your bereavement.

    During my first meeting with Tommy, we ha a wonderful conversation. He was a real gentleman.


    Jose A. Brown

  14. Ronald (Nubby) & Kathy Newton on said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Tommy will be missed by so many of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a great guy! Rest in Peace my dear friend. You will be truly missed.

  15. shirley major on said:

    Sharon, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  16. Wayne and Elaine Hammond and Pat Montrief on said:

    Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  17. Karen Martin on said:

    So very sorry for your loss! We hope you find comfort in knowing that he was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Fondly, Ronnie, Karen & Brandon Martin

  18. Jewel Berry on said:

    I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Jacobs family. He will be missed greatly as he was such a nice gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  19. Silas and Betty Brown on said:

    Sharon and Family We were sorry to hear about the passing of Tommy. Our condolence and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  20. JASON WILLIAMS on said:

    Tommy was a good friend i was 10 year old when i started gone up to there house hang out up there that when i started to lean how to work car him and son jr tored me how to work on there i lean a lot from him RIP MY FRIEND YOU WILL B MISS

  21. Ray and Brenda Sullivan and family on said:

    Thinking of you all and praying God’s love and strength will see you through this sad and difficult time – with our deepest sympathy

  22. James Carneal on said:

    Sharon and family sorry for your loss. Tommy was a good friend and I will miss seeing him at auto plus. I use to see him there alot.

  23. Shawn Fairbanks on said:

    Sharon and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Tommy was a one of a kind, with a heart of gold, that would help anyone in need. I used to love hanging out in the garage listening to some of the stories he’d talking about when it came to Tommy he only did things the right way. He will be greatly missed, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Cleve Soper on said:

    Thoughts and prayers to your family. I have known Tommy for many years thru racing and hanging around hot shops in the good ole days. Tommy was full of knowledge and always willing to give advice or a helping hand to work on a car. He was a man full of life and always had a friendly smile to everyone he greeted. He will be missed by all. May he rest in peace in the Lord’s hands. My thoughts and prayers are with the Jacobs family, God Bless you all.

  25. Travis & Nyoka Henderson on said:

    Sharon, Trav and I are so sorry at Tommys passing. He was a sweet and very gentle, funny guy. We enjoyed being around him. I know Crystal and the girls loved him like their own. Ours prayers and love are with each one of you. If we can do anything, please let us know. You will always be familly. We love you all!

  26. Willie carmichael on said:

    So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man and a true legend.I worked a lot of accidents with Tommy throughout stafford county,he had the fastest wrecker in town and always shared a laugh with everyone.His compassion for everyone and the love he had for his family was such a joy to see.may god bless the Jacobs family.Tommy heaven just recieved the fastest angel ever.

  27. Debbie Scott Cox on said:

    Sharon and family,
    So sorry for your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Just reading these posts shows what an impact Tommy had on so many lives in this community, hold on to those thoughts and your wonderful memories they will help get you through. God bless

  28. Ricky Woodard on said:

    Sorry to hear of loss of Tommy I used to see him alot in my racing days he was a friend

  29. Allen Howard on said:

    What a great man. Tommy was the man you had to beat at the track. Thanks for being a friend. May GOD help ease the hearts of the family annd friend’s.

  30. Terri (Healey) Robey on said:

    To the Jacobs Family – I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing your family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  31. Mark Rogers on said:

    Prayers sent

  32. John Bangs on said:

    We have lost a very good man and Heaven has gained one.
    Tommy was a very good friend and he will be missed by many’

  33. Bootsie Bullock on said:

    To the Jacobs family. My condolences for the loss of ET. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

  34. Shari, Joe and Jamie DeTar on said:

    Teecie and family, We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad. We know how it feels and know how it hurts. We are happy that you have so many great memories and would love to hear stories next time we see you. Love and prayers to all of you and strength during this tough time. We are glad for your faith and know that you will see your Dad again and hope he’s hanging out with Keith and protecting all of you! Love you!!!!

  35. Willie Eustace on said:

    Sending condolences to the family, I have a lot of fond memories of Tommy going back 50 years or so, we had many good times attending races and working on race cars. He was a good guy and will be missed.

  36. Millie Fleming on said:

    We send our love and deepest sympathy to Sharon and all of Their children, grandchildren and friends. Tommy was a very special person and I especially enjoyed talking with him and exchanging information about our cars, etc. We enjoyed his laughter and friendship. Tommy was a guy you couldn’t help but like. He will surely be missed by all! To Sharon and family all of our love and prayers. May you be comforted knowing that he is now resting in peace with God in Heaven. Millie and Ronnie Fleming

  37. Cassie Durling on said:

    My heart is broken for the whole family… he was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. I’ll be praying ❤

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