Thomas Edison ‘Tommie’ Tisdale Jr., 88, acquired his skills as a butcher at Tisdale’s Grocery

Thomas Edison 'Tommie' Tisdale Jr.
Thomas Edison ‘Tommie’ Tisdale Jr.

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

He was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Camden County, North Carolina, 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 17 great-grandchildren.

Later in life, Tommie married Leona G. Maccubbin, and they enjoyed 23 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, Tommie 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 at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will immediately follow in Rosewood Gardens. A reception at the funeral home will afford opportunity to visit family afterward.

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

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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