Volusia Memorial Funeral Home & Volusia Memorial Park

548 North Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL


Tom Cruse Jr.

17 March , 193822 September , 2019

Tom Cruse, Jr., 81, Retired Educator (Bonner Elementary) transitioned Sunday, September 22 at Halifax Medical Center. He was born in River Junction, FL to Tom Cruse, Sr. and Louise Cruse-Henderson. He graduated from Lowndes County High and Bethune-Cookman College (university). He had a passion for teaching, gardening, and music. He was president of the Daytona Beach Choral Society for many years. He was a member of Mt. Zion AME Church and was Church School Superintendent, Board of Trustee Pro Tem and Choir Member. He headed several church projects: building of the present church parsonage, storage building and installation of the Baldwin Organ. He leaves to cherish his memory brother W. C. Cruse (Olive) of Miami; sister, Lois Walker of Valdosta, GA; brothers, John Henderson of Lake Park, GA, Samuel Henderson of Palm Coast, FL, and Eugene Henderson of Madison, AL; god-brothers, Willie F. Bolden and Joe Adams, who provided care; god-sister, Patricia Larkins-Hicks of Columbus, OH; special neighbors, Debra Dumas, and Charles and Rosalind Smith; adopted family members, Janice Hill, Delorice Ryles, Marvette Jenkins, Joyce Anderson, Bob Wise, and many cousins, former students, and friends. Visitation will be Friday, September 27th at 12pm with Graveside Service at 2pm, both at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Ormond Beach. Condolences may be offered at www.VolusiaMemorialFunerals.com.


  • Visitation Friday, 27 September , 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, 27 September , 2019


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Annette Moore

27 September 2019

There isn't enough room here to share all the wonderful memories I have of Tom. Singing with him at Choral Society; donuts with Tom and friends after rehearsal; parties - so many thoughts going through my mind. I would see Tom and Willy at Peabody and chat with them there. Tom and Willy were special people to me. We go our own ways eventually but the memories linger. I am in tears over the loss of a special man.

steve & sandy hamilton

27 September 2019

The world is going to be a little less joyful now that our brother Tom has passed. He will be missed greatly by our whole family, who shared so many memories together. We LOVE you. Rest in peace.

steve and sandy hamilton