Reverend A. Wray Tomlin

December 24, 1924March 17, 2014

Reverend Albert Wray Tomlin (“Wray”), age 79, passed away on March 17, 2014, in Birmingham, Alabama, surrounded by family. Born December 24, 1934, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Albert Lee and Lanie Wray Tomlin, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Margaret Harper Tomlin, son Albert Wray Tomlin, Jr. (Carol) of Birmingham, daughter Michelle Tomlin Pendley (Tony) of Birmingham, son Stephen Lee Tomlin (Leigh Ann) of Clearwater, Florida, son Christopher Wray Tomlin of Birmingham, 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, sister Thelma Rebecca Fly of Franklin, Tennessee, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and adoring friends. Wray’s devotion to his family and the work of the Lord were unwaivering. Wray graduated from Martin Methodist College and Middle Tennessee State University, and earned his Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He fulfilled his lifelong commitment to Christ as an ordained minister in numerous local churches from 1961 until 1974 in the Middle Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. He continued his ministry through his works in the field of long term care until 2011, as the President of Methodist Homes of Alabama and northwest Florida, where he served for 32 years. He dedicated his life to taking care of those he affectionately called “God’s Older Children”. Never losing his genuine love for preaching the word of God, Wray continued his many years of teaching Sunday School well after his retirement from the ministry. A humble and gentle man, his caring spirit touched countless lives. The family will receive visitors at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road in Birmingham, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 9 until 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow in the sanctuary at 11 a.m., with internment at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham immediately after. Wray’s grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include the members of the Board of Trustees of Methodist Homes, ministers of Canterbury United Methodist Church, and members of the Canterbury J.O.Y. and John Wesley Sunday School classes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Methodist Homes Fountain of Love Fund, 1520 Cooper Hill Road, Birmingham, Alabama, 35210.

Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel, Homewood, AL.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Angie Warner

January 26, 2015

Mrs. Tomlin and Family, I was just made aware of Mr Tomlin's demise last year! He was a very special man to me and had a great impact on my life in the years I worked at Fairhaven. I have NEVER forgotten you and your family. My heart goes out to you! Keeping you in my thoughts and in my prayers! Always, (Angie Lancaster)

June 14, 2014

Mary Margerite, Just learned of Wray's death in the Martin newsletter. Although haven't seen you in ages, you and Wray have been in my thoughts an prayers. God's blessing to you and the family. Your cousin, Flora D. Castleberry (Helen's daughter)

Lou and Judy Alverides & family

March 24, 2014

We are so sorry to hear of Wray's passing. We enjoyed our friendship with the family and I enjoyed working with him at McKendree.

Doris J. Coley Coley

March 20, 2014

Mrs Tomlin, you have my deepest sympathy, my prayers and thoughts are with you and the family may God bless you. Doris J. Cooley. Greenbrair At The Altamont

Nancy Savage

March 19, 2014

As a classmate of Franklin High School,1953 , his contributions were many. We will surely miss him at our class reunions. A very compassionate person always.

Sentry Heating, Air and Plumbing

March 19, 2014

From everyone at Sentry, Heating, Air and Plumbing we express our deepest sympathy to the entire family. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Virginia Hayes Conrad

March 19, 2014

To Mary Margaret and family,
I know Rev. Tomlin will be missed by all. I enjoyed working for him and you in the 1980's and 1990's. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Margaret Pratt Church

March 19, 2014

We are sadden to hear of his death.

Bill and Ramona Shaw

March 19, 2014

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our favorite pastors. We will miss his memories very much. Our sympathies to you and all the family.
Ramona and Bill Shaw

donald and bette ann blumenthal

March 19, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.