Thomas E. Garner

June 22, 2017
Thomas E. Garner

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Thomas E. Garner, 67, of Williamsburg, Va, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017 surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas E. Garner Sr.

Tom was born on December 21, 1949, in Fayetteville, NC.  He was a graduate of Massey Hill high school in 1968 and The University of North Carolina Pembroke in 1972.

After graduating college, Tom enlisted in the US Navy and attended Officer Candidate School.  During his time of service, he was the recipient of multiple medals and commendations. LTJG Garner was honorably discharged in 1978 and proudly remained a loyal patriot.

After a 30 year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Tom retired as a National Sales Director with Astra Zeneca.

Tom was an accomplished golfer and found joy and solace in golf, a game he loved and played from a young age.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ninfa; his two daughters, Michelle Adcock and her husband Danny, Lisa Garner Wardenaar and her husband Jeff.  He was the proud Pop Pop to 5 grandchildren, Garner West, Olivia Adcock, Tallie West, Ava Adcock, and Anneke Garner Wardenaar.  He is also survived by his mother, Maxine Garner and his brother, Troy (Kathy).

The family would like to thank his team of doctors: Dr. Peter Galantich; Dr. John Sinacori; Dr. Stephen Hodi and Nancy Bailey at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA; Dr. Bryan Baines for your friendship and care for over 25 years; and Dr. John Mattern and staff for their years of compassionate care.  The family would also like to thank the staff at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 1st from 10-11am followed by a Memorial Service at 11am, at Bucktrout Funeral home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,, in honor of his grandson, Garner.


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  • June 28, 2017
    Sylvia hewitt underwood says:
    Sorry for loss of my family

  • August 06, 2017
    Sheila Smith lit a candle:
    Lit since August 6, 2017 at 8:50:43 PM

  • July 02, 2017
    Lorraine campo says:
    Tom you will truly be missed, we had a lot of laughs over the dinner table RIP

  • July 01, 2017
    Barry and Joyce Buchanan says:
    Barry and I will always remember Tom as a great friend, neighbor, and family man. He had a sense of humor that couldn't be denied and always had a funny story or comment to share. Barry had many great times with him playing golf and sharing their experiences about their golf characters at Fort Eustis. Tom loved his family with all his heart. Nothing but fond memories Tom. You will be missed by all.

  • July 01, 2017
    Dave Giles says:
    I was inspired largely by Tom's leadership to take a stand that no one should live an unfulfilled life. The reason he was so inspirational to me and others - and continues to be - is that his life was extremely fulfilled. Through his leadership and friendship, he helped to fulfill the lives of so many - many of whom he never met - because his leadership legacy lives on through so many people he inspired.