Lt. Col. Thomas C. Embrey, USMC, Ret.

April 8, 1922May 3, 2014

Lt. Col. Thomas Carl Embrey, USMC, Ret. 92 yrs. old of Alpharetta, Ga. formerly of Vienna, Va. passed away on May 3, 2014. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C. April 8, 1922. He graduated from Eastern High School, Washington, D.C. and was a graduate of George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He was predeceased by two brothers and two infant grandsons, Christopher and Matthew. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 yrs., Betty Jane Moellencamp of Alpharetta, Ga. and four children. Jane A. Deely (Philip) of Suwanee, Ga., Christine L. Beilstein (Frederick) of Roswell, Ga., Thomas Carl Embrey, Jr. (Julie) of Purcellville, Va., Joseph Gregory Embrey (Betsy) of Highlands Ranch, CO. He had 12 grandchildren, Elizabeth Rosser, Jennifer Beilstein, Freddy Beilstein, Kevin Deely, Ann Bolden, Carey Marinelli, Dustin Embrey, Tyler Embrey, Devon Miller, Sara Embrey, Alicia Embrey and Kristen Embrey and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. LTC Embrey served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1946 on active duty. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in the Pacific Theater. They carried out the first carrier based bombing strikes on Tokyo and supported the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He returned to Washington, D.C. to rejoin his family in December, 1945 and was assigned to the inactive Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps from which he retired in 1962 as a Lt. Col. He began work at the Pentagon for the Department of Defense in 1948 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, under the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. In 1953 he transferred to the Administrative Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 1980 he retired as Director of Space Management and Services as a member of the Senior Executive Services. After retiring in 1980 he was named Executive Vice President of the Hoffman Co. His love for the beach led he and his wife to build a home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where they spent many memorable summers with their children and grandchildren while still maintaining their home in Vienna, Va. where they raised their four children. They moved to the Atlanta, Ga. area in 2001 to be close to their daughters. Mr. Embrey was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and remained a devout Catholic throughout his life. A Funeral Mass will be said 11:00 am Friday, May 9, 2014 at Saint Brigid Catholic Church, 3400 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022. Interment will be held, with full Military Honors, in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Roswell Funeral Home.


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Hubert N. (Jay) Hoffman, III

December 6, 2014

To the Embrey family. I worked with Tom at the Hoffman Co. for a
number of years and he was a joy to work with.

Tom was one of the finest gentleman I have ever known. The Hoffman Co. and I loved you, God, you have received one of our finest, please take great care of our Tom.

Jay Hoffman, Chairman and CEO Hoffman Co.

Phil Hostetter

May 25, 2014

Our sincere condolences from Stephanie and myself to Joe and Betsy and other family members.

Joseph Pires

May 9, 2014

To Betty Jane and family of Lt. Col. Thomas Embrey.......

On behalf of the members of the USS Bennington PACT, please accept our personal condolences on the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the entire family at this most difficult time.

We thank you for the his service to God & Country and for the service he provided our Nation while in uniform as a Marine Corps Veteran of WWII and his service, in defense of our country once again, at the Pentagon in the Department of Defense.

Please know that this coming August in Bennington, VT, LT. Col. Embrey will be remembered at our Annual Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at our Ships Bell Monument.
Our Ship's Bell will toll in his memory as his name is read from a listing of those who have gone before us.

With My Deepest Sympathy,
Joseph L. Pires

Heather Marshall

May 8, 2014

Thomas will be sadly missed by the Bennington shipmates!!

Stu Hirschfield

May 8, 2014

Rest in Peace Shipmate .As a Marine we know your still on Watch.

May 8, 2014

Comforting words from the Bible for the family of Thomas Embrey ~ Matthew 5:4 Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted. Sincerest sympathy, S.C. Baltimore, Md.

Loela Marinelli

May 8, 2014

Fair winds and following seas.

May 7, 2014


Archie Henderson

May 7, 2014

Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.

May 7, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort at this difficult time in the encouraging words found at 1 Cor. 15:26.