OBITUARY

Thomas David Kasey

May 7, 1931January 5, 2019

Thomas D. Kasey, age 87, died January 5, 2019 at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, Stuart, VA. He was the only child of Thomas Boaz Kasey and Lora Eggleston Kasey, who both preceded him in death.

Mr. Kasey was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a graduate of both Bluefield College and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, receiving his Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech. Mr. Kasey was retired from the Henry County Public School System, with nearly 35 years of service. He began his teaching career at Campbell Court Elementary School and then taught at Bassett High School until his retirement. Mr. Kasey was a member of First Baptist Church of Collinsville, where he taught Sunday school for many years.

There will be no formal visitation. A register book will be available at Collins Funeral Home, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA., during normal business hours for those who wish to pay their respect.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at Roselawn Burial Park at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 11, 2019 with Reverend Larry Cheek officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Thomas Kasey may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 730 East Church St., Suite 13, Martinsville, VA 24112 or to First Baptist Church of Collinsville, 3339 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville, VA. 24078.

Online condolences at www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com Collins Funeral Home at Bassett, VA. is respectfully serving the Kasey Family

  • DONATIONS

  • Mt. Valley Hospice & Palliative Care
  • First Baptist Church of Collinsville

Services

  • Viewing & Register Book Signing Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Viewing and Register book signing Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Viewing and Register Book Signing Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Viewing & Register Book Signing Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Thomas David Kasey

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Michael Weaver

February 2, 2019

Oh, thank you, you many students of Mr. Kasey who poured out your memories for your beloved teacher here. I am jealous,. You had Mr. Kasey for a year or more of class; I met him just one time, in the waning days of his life. But here is what I will long remember:

Mr. Kasey was weak. Mr. Kasey was thin. But still he spoke kindly to me from his bed, saying "Thank you" and "You take care of yourself." And when I turned to leave, this kind man said something we all probably think inside. Mr. Kasey said "Don't forget me."

It's clear from the memories here that Mr. Kasey is not forgotten -- not by his students, and certainly not by his creator, who now welcomes this good and faithful servant to his heavenly home.

Michael Weaver, Chaplain
Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care
18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy
Stuart VA 24171

Susanne Thomas

January 27, 2019

Mr. Kasey's World Geography class required me to seriously study for the first time in my young life. I cannot read the name of a city in the former U. S. S. R. without thinking of the geography test I prepared for by filling in multiple blank maps with the former country's cities and rivers. I had him for World History as well, and he was absent only once that I remember. It was a memorable occasion, because he had arranged in advance for a guest speaker to show slides of Australian aborigines. Farewell, Mr. Kasey; you were a legend to generations of students.

Liza Meador White

January 11, 2019

I am one of Mr. Kasey’s former students at BHS. He was a tough, strict teacher but every person in that building respected him. He was a true old-fashion gentleman. I remember one day in world geography class, I dropped my little bag of colored pencils. I bent over to pick them up, and Mr. Kasey corrected me telling me to stop. He then asked the young man sitting behind me to pick up my pencils for me. He said that it was a gentleman‘s job to pick up something that a lady dropped. Mr. Kasey was also very formal. He called everyone by their first given name. However, he didn’t do that with me. My first name is Elizabeth, but he called me Liza, my nickname, all year. My friends and I always wondered why he did not call me “Elizabeth”. One more memory… My friend Sherry and I shared a locker right outside of Mr. Kasey‘s room. We had his class after lunch every day. We were always late getting to his class because there was an older student whose locker was beside ours. She would not let us in our locker until she was finished getting her things out of hers. Mr. Kasey finally called us to his desk, telling us we could not be late anymore. So we told him what the problem was and the next day he was standing outside of his room near our locker watching. The other student was nice to us and let us get in our locker and we were never late again. I loved Mr. Kasey. He was one of three teachers that I had that I tried to emulate when I became a teacher. Thank you, Mr. Kasey, for the memories, the lessons, and your dedication to thousands of young minds.

Bill Stout

January 10, 2019

I think this is appropriate.......Paraphrasing President Reagan on the loss of the Challenger......1986 when I was senior in Mr. Kasey's class. "We will never forget him, not the last time we saw him ....... as he waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God," TDK of BHS- RIP Mission Accomplished Mr. Kasey.

Linda Lawson

January 10, 2019

Condolences for his family and friends.
I had Mr. Kasey as a teacher in 1970 at Basset High School. He was a disciplined teacher and sent young men out of class more than once to put their shirt tail in, my husband being one of them. Knowing that he was in the military, this makes sense now. He was a good teacher and you were able to follow him if you paid attention. He gave guidance to a lot of young minds and he would have been a great teacher for students of today. You will be missed. RIP Mr. Kasey

Crystal Mills

January 10, 2019

I met Mr. Kasey when my grandmother was a resident at the nursing home. My kids, especially my youngest, and I would visit him whenever we visited grandma. I continued to check in on him when I started to work there. He was one of the kindest and most respectful gentleman I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. My family's life will be that much richer for having met Thomas. We will miss you.

Shirley Hubbard

January 10, 2019

We met Mr. Casey when my father, James Graham, became a resident of the Blue Ridge Nursing Home. Mr. Casey and Dad were very proud Vets, quickly became great friends and we loved to listen to their stories when they were together. A funny memory... was when we realized that Mr. Casey was going to the café, @BRNH, early each day and at every meal, to save the back table for dad and himself before the women took it over. Mr. Casey would always inform dad of worldly events and dad would inform him of our family events. We , and when I say WE, I mean our entire family, became very close to Mr. Casey. When I and my husband plus dad's grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to visit, we always talked with Mr. Casey and he knew us by all our names. We will dearly miss him and send Love and prayers to his family.
From: The James Graham Family

Linda Plott Crabtree

January 10, 2019

Mr. Kasey was absolutely the best of the best! He was my seventh grade teacher and I truly think that I learned more in his classroom than with any other teacher I ever had. He was fair as long as you worked to your potential. He has been missed since his retirement and I personally have missed seeing him walking everyday near the Collinsville post office. You have my eternal thanks and respect.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Kasey!

Mary Joanne Hurd

January 9, 2019

Mr. Kasey was a kind person. He was known to be a "tough" teacher, but one thing for sure if you received an " A " you earned it and anything below you earned it as well.
I was always impressed at him taking care of his parents in their declining health until they passed. He and I talked many times at the local post office and in asking about his parents he always smiled and said: "we are blessed."
Heaven has gained a good man and I know he is happy to be home with his parents.

Ruth Frye McColley

January 9, 2019

Mr. Kasey was my 7th-grade teacher at Campbell Court (1957-58) and to this day I believe he was one of the very best teachers I ever had. He gave his best and expected the best of us. We worked hard in class and on homework, but we knew he cared about us and our futures. What a foundation for learning and for life he tried to build in his students! We may not have known it and appreciated it then, but we were blessed to be in his class. Throughout my life I have not forgotten him and his influence. He was a good example for me of the Master Teacher. Some glad day in Heaven I hope to get to thank him.

FROM THE FAMILY