OBITUARY

Thomas Edison Tisdale, Jr.

November 21, 1930April 7, 2019
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Thomas Edison Tisdale, Jr., 88, peacefully transitioned to his heavenly home on April 7, 2019, while surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Having been born in Camden County, NC on November 21, 1930 to Thomas E. Tisdale, Sr. and Mary Sudie Tisdale (both deceased), he grew up in South Norfolk, graduated from South Norfolk High School, and learned his skills as a butcher in the family business, Tisdale’s Grocery. He later applied those skills and eventually became deli manager in his 44-year career in Pender/Colonial Stores, eventually serving as a deli district manager for Be-Lo Grocery. In more recent years, he enjoyed merchandising for Segmark in Virginia Beach.

He and his first wife, Betty Ruth Hundley (deceased), welcomed three children into the world: Steven (deceased), David (married to Teresa), and Alice. The family grew to include grandchildren George T. (Tommy) Tisdale, Jason A. Tisdale, Kimberly A. Howard, David T. Tisdale, Jr., Steven D. Tisdale, Jr., Christina N. Prasad, Shannon J. Meadows, and Paul Jones, as well as seventeen great-grandchildren.

Later in life, Tommy married Leona G. Maccubbin, and they enjoyed twenty-three years together, particularly in their association with the “Challengers” life group at First Baptist Church of Norfolk. Having trusted Jesus early in life for salvation, Tommy beautifully fulfilled God’s expectation expressed in Micah 6:8 and will be remembered as a just, merciful, and humble man.

Tommie’s life will be celebrated Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will follow immediately in Rosewood Gardens, and a reception in the funeral home will afford opportunity to visit family afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to honor Tommie by donating to the charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Leona Tisdale, Wife
  • David Tisdale and wife Teresa, Son
  • Alice Tisdale, Daughter
  • George T. "Tommy" Tisdale, Grandchild
  • Jason A. Tisdale, Grandchild
  • Kimberly A. Howard, Grandchild
  • David T. Tisdale, Jr., Grandchild
  • Steven D. Tisdale, Jr., Grandchild
  • Christina N. Prasad, Grandchild
  • Shannon J. Meadows, Grandchild
  • Paul Jones, Grandchild
  • Betty Ruth Hundley Tisdale, First Wife
  • Steven Tisdale, Son
  • Thomas E. Tisdale, Sr. and Mary Sudie Tisdale, Parents
  • Mr.Tisdale is also survived by seventeen great-grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • George T. Tisdale
  • Jason A. Tisdale
  • David T. Tisdale
  • Tyler Howard
  • Sterling Tisdale
  • Sujit Samudre

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Thomas Edison Tisdale, Jr.

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Patti Petty

April 9, 2019

Dearest Lee, I was so sorry to read of Tommy's passing. He and you made such a wonderful and loving couple. Tommy was a consummate gentleman and gentle soul who will be missed by many.
I can only offer my deepest sympathy and most sincere fondest wishes for you in dealing with the loss of your dear husband.
Hugs,
Patti Petty

Johnny Tisdale

April 9, 2019

Uncle Thomas you will be miss. You are now in god hands and other family members. I will miss the the Friday night with family playing poker when I was young child. It was a wonderful gather of all the Tisdale’s having. Fun as a family.

Charles J Blackman Jr

April 8, 2019

Tommy will be missed ! What as nice gentleman he was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lee and all his family. Charles & Betty Blackman

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Biography

Thomas Edison Tisdale, Jr., 88, peacefully transitioned to his heavenly home on April 7, 2019, while surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Having been born in Camden County, NC on November 21, 1930 to Thomas E. Tisdale, Sr. and Mary Sudie Tisdale (both deceased), he grew up in South Norfolk, graduated from South Norfolk High School, and learned his skills as a butcher in the family business, Tisdale’s Grocery. He later applied those skills and eventually became deli manager in his 44-year career in Pender/Colonial Stores, eventually serving as a deli district manager for Be-Lo Grocery. In more recent years, he enjoyed merchandising for Segmark in Virginia Beach.

He and his first wife, Betty Ruth Hundley (deceased), welcomed three children into the world: Steven (deceased), David (married to Teresa), and Alice. The family grew to include grandchildren George T. (Tommy) Tisdale, Jason A. Tisdale, Kimberly A. Howard, David T. Tisdale, Jr., Steven D. Tisdale, Jr., Christina N. Prasad, Shannon J. Meadows, and Paul Jones, as well as seventeen great-grandchildren.

Later in life, Tommy married Leona G. Maccubbin, and they enjoyed twenty-three years together, particularly in their association with the “Challengers” life group at First Baptist Church of Norfolk. Having trusted Jesus early in life for salvation, Tommy beautifully fulfilled God’s expectation expressed in Micah 6:8 and will be remembered as a just, merciful, and humble man.

Tommie’s life will be celebrated Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will follow immediately in Rosewood Gardens, and a reception in the funeral home will afford opportunity to visit family afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to honor Tommie by donating to the charity of your choice.