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4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

Thomas "Tommy" Sheets

May 6, 1937July 27, 2020
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Thomas Alexander Sheets, 83, passed away peacefully after a long courageous struggle with cancer on July 27, 2020 to be with God and reunited with friends and family that preceded him. Born in Norfolk, on May 6, 1937, Tommy was one of 9 children and preceded in death by brothers Sonny, Kenny, Robert, Jimmy, Phillip and sisters Alease, Norma and Evelyn. His son, Mark Thomas Sheets and his daughter-in-law, Mary Sheets also preceded him in death. While still attending high school, where he graduated from Norview High in 1956, Tommy was already a hard worker and go getter. He delivered groceries on his bike for Whitehurst Grocery store, worked for C&P Telephone Company after graduation, briefly sold vacuum cleaners door to door part time and then began working as a plumber for R.L. Harris and from there progressed to his own company with Bill Wilkinson, Progressive Plumbing. In 1971, he opened T.A. Sheets and TCS Leasing. Tommy was a successful businessman and these businesses led to many other business ventures. Despite his busy schedule Tommy was an avid sportsman and enjoyed bowling, racquetball and was an excellent pool player. He loved to travel, he especially enjoyed Vegas and Atlantic City and often participated in Poker Tournaments in both cities. He will be missed by so many people. In the past several years, he hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner at a local restaurant and invited all his blended family members and friends. It was not unusual for there to be more than 50 in attendance. He loved dogs,with the latest being Snowflake. They shared a love for tapioca pudding and we can picture them both smacking their lips and fighting over who would get the last bite. Snowflake usually won. Tommy was a fun-loving man with many friends. He will be remembered for his generosity and support to numerous friends and family members. He will also be remembered as a loving and kind father and grandfather and will remain in our hearts for all eternity.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Patricia Phelps Sheets; daughter, Christine Coley; son, Steven Scott Sheets; ex-wife, Dawn Weiss; stepchildren, Robin McCutcheon, Susan Thomasson (Craig), Jimmy and Tommy McCutcheon; grandchildren, Bobby J. Coley (Ellen), Branden Skees, Christopher Boyd, Matthew Sheets, and Stephanie Smith, Maxwell McCutcheon, Michael Thomasson, Graham Thomasson, Rachel McCutcheon, and Megan McCutcheon; five great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. The family would like to express their utmost thanks to family and friends that checked on him and offered support. A most special thank you to his grandson, Bobby J. Coley, for this strength, courage and love for his granddad that allowed him to care for Tommy night and day.

The family will receive friends on July 29, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Smith & William’s Funeral Home, 4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. He will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby St. Norfolk on July 30, 2020 at 10 a.m. to be followed by a chapel service at the funeral home at noon.

  • FAMILY

  • Christine Coley, Daughter
  • Steven Scott Sheets, Son
  • Robin McCutcheon, Stepdaughter
  • Susan Thomasson (Craig), Stepdaughter
  • Jimmy McCutcheon, Stepson
  • Tommy McCutcheon, Stepson
  • Bobby J. Coley (Ellen), Grandson
  • Branden Skees, Grandson
  • Christopher Boyd, Grandson
  • Matthew Sheets, Grandson
  • Stephanie Smith, Granddaughter
  • Maxwell McCutcheon, Grandson
  • Michael Thomasson, Grandson
  • Graham Thomasson, Grandson
  • Rachel McCutcheon, Granddaughter
  • Megan McCutcheon, Granddaughter
  • Patricia Phelps Sheets, Ex-wife
  • Dawn Weiss, Ex-wife
  • Mark Thomas Sheets, Son (deceased)
  • Mary Sheets, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Tommy is also survived by five great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Burial

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

Memories

Thomas "Tommy" Sheets

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Douglas Alexander

August 2, 2020

I remember Tommy playing liar’s poker with my dad at Irwin’s. I was a teen but it made me laugh with all those “old” guys giving each other the business :). So sorry for your loss Sheets family.

Rick Covington

July 31, 2020

Tommy was a role model for me, when I really needed guidance in my life. He was tough but had a soft side. I learned to work hard & always wanted to be like Tommy. I owe all my success to Tommy & will never forget everything he taught me. Also I will never forget Mark for being my best friend & the Sheets family for allowing me to be part of their family. I feel part of my sole left me with his passing.

Eddie Martz

July 30, 2020

He was a great boss! He bailed out many employees, including my late wife on a few occasions> He really looked out for his employees. I remember the first day I worked for TA Sheets & got cussed out by Tommy in a note on my truck windshield.. for parking in front of the pipe rack.I thought I was through there before I even started, ----but I apologized for my parking & he forgave me. After he sold the company TA Sheets Inc, I continued working for him for a while at this distillery he owned on weekends and nights. He was so cool & an admirable man....RIP Tommy

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Clayton Moore

July 29, 2020

I had the great pleasure of knowing Mr. Sheets and working with him on occasion for many years. My deepest condolences to his family.

Susan Thomasson

July 29, 2020

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July 29, 2020

Sarah Williams

July 28, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Sheets on various projects over the past 5 years. He was always quick with a kind word and I enjoyed our many conversations on a variety of topics. Praying for Peace for his family, Tommy will be missed.

Alan Samuels

July 28, 2020

I’ve known Tommy for over 35 years and he was well-liked and respected, both in business and personally. If you were in his company, you know it meant a fun time. He’ll be missed by so many.…

William (Billy) Jennings

July 28, 2020

Remembering all the good times at the bowling tournaments at the bowling alley! Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Douglas Jarvis

July 27, 2020

A person was very Fortunate when Tommy Sheets considers you his friend. He would always be available sharing his kindness and support. I have known the Sheets family since my childhood in the 60’s on Silvey Drive in River Oaks. I have always been very proud to claim I knew Tommy. Tommy was a pillar of the Tidewater community and will truly be forever loved. Rest in peace my friend 🙏

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Biography

Thomas Alexander Sheets, 83, passed away peacefully after a long courageous struggle with cancer on July 27, 2020 to be with God and reunited with friends and family that preceded him. Born in Norfolk, on May 6, 1937, Tommy was one of 9 children and preceded in death by brothers Sonny, Kenny, Robert, Jimmy, Phillip and sisters Alease, Norma and Evelyn. His son, Mark Thomas Sheets and his daughter-in-law, Mary Sheets also preceded him in death. While still attending high school, where he graduated from Norview High in 1956, Tommy was already a hard worker and go getter. He delivered groceries on his bike for Whitehurst Grocery store, worked for C&P Telephone Company after graduation, briefly sold vacuum cleaners door to door part time and then began working as a plumber for R.L. Harris and from there progressed to his own company with Bill Wilkinson, Progressive Plumbing. In 1971, he opened T.A. Sheets and TCS Leasing. Tommy was a successful businessman and these businesses led to many other business ventures. Despite his busy schedule Tommy was an avid sportsman and enjoyed bowling, racquetball and was an excellent pool player. He loved to travel, he especially enjoyed Vegas and Atlantic City and often participated in Poker Tournaments in both cities. He will be missed by so many people. In the past several years, he hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner at a local restaurant and invited all his blended family members and friends. It was not unusual for there to be more than 50 in attendance. He loved dogs,with the latest being Snowflake. They shared a love for tapioca pudding and we can picture them both smacking their lips and fighting over who would get the last bite. Snowflake usually won. Tommy was a fun-loving man with many friends. He will be remembered for his generosity and support to numerous friends and family members. He will also be remembered as a loving and kind father and grandfather and will remain in our hearts for all eternity.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Patricia Phelps Sheets; daughter, Christine Coley; son, Steven Scott Sheets; ex-wife, Dawn Weiss; stepchildren, Robin McCutcheon, Susan Thomasson (Craig), Jimmy and Tommy McCutcheon; grandchildren, Bobby J. Coley (Ellen), Branden Skees, Christopher Boyd, Matthew Sheets, and Stephanie Smith, Maxwell McCutcheon, Michael Thomasson, Graham Thomasson, Rachel McCutcheon, and Megan McCutcheon; five great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends. The family would like to express their utmost thanks to family and friends that checked on him and offered support. A most special thank you to his grandson, Bobby J. Coley, for this strength, courage and love for his granddad that allowed him to care for Tommy night and day.

The family will receive friends on July 29, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Smith & William’s Funeral Home, 4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. He will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby St. Norfolk on July 30, 2020 at 10 a.m. to be followed by a chapel service at the funeral home at noon.

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