Thomas Vernon DuVal

April 12, 1924October 8, 2012

Winston-Salem- Thomas Vernon DuVal, 88, died Monday, October 8, 2012 at Brookridge Retirement Community. A memorial service will be at 11 AM on Thursday, October 11 at First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. The family will receive friends in the Brown room following the service. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, October 13 at Sulphur Springs Church Cemetery in Simpson County, KY

Mr. DuVal was born on April 12, 1924 in Richmond, VA to the late Thomas Jackson and Eva Lillian Sours DuVal. He was a graduate of John Marshall High School, attended Hampden Sydney College, and entered the US Navy in 1941. He served in Ireland, England and France as a radio technician. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Later he obtained his Professional Engineers license for NC. He worked as a civilian with the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir, VA. He married Martha June Hatter April 1, 1951 and in 1953 moved to Winston-Salem to work for Western Electric, then AT&T and retired from Lucent Technologies . Tom was a member of the First Baptist Church and served as co-chief usher for years. He was also a volunteer for William Day Care facility, Meals on Wheels and PMBA. After retirement he discovered music and became very proficient in playing mountain and hammered dulcimer by ear. He loved travel and was active in Friendship Force travelling and hosting. He was a wonderful photographer and shared his travelogues. He enjoyed classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and travelled with Elder Hostel to learn many new things. He loved the Brookridge Retirement community where he lived and participated in many activities. He also enjoyed gardening, reading and working crossword puzzles. Those who were privileged to know him will remember him for his sense of humor and constant smile.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years; two children, Sarah DuVal (husband Wayne Whitman) and John DuVal (wife Denise Hickox); two grandchildren, Hulen DuVal (wife Sue) and Cyonn Alexander; sister, Margaret Lewis; brother-in-law, Louis LeGrand, nieces; nephews; and step- great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Brookridge Retirement Community for their love and care provided to Tom during his stay.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. On-line condolences may be made to



  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 11, 2012
  • Graveside Service Saturday, October 13, 2012


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DJ Stine

October 11, 2012

Martha and family, in the short time I knew Tom I found him to be a very gentle soul...I loved watching him play the mountain dulcimer as his music resounded with joy and his smile was very contagious. I'm grateful life's paths crossed for Tom & I...truly he has inspired me to continue growing in my music.
DJ - member Brookridge Dulcimer Club