William L Tomlinson

Born: Thu., Mar. 9, 1939
Died: Thu., Jul. 4, 2019


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The Rev. Dr. William L. Tomlinson, (better known to family and friends as “Bill”) went home to be with the Lord on July 4, 2019. He was born on March 9, 1939 in Portsmouth, VA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Jane Carmack Gracey Tomlinson, his parents, Nellie and Raymond Tomlinson and his younger brother, Ray Tomlinson. He is survived by three sisters-in-law: Linda Tomlinson, Ann Sanderson, and Rebecca Arnason (Charles) and three nieces and three nephews. Dr. Tomlinson was a graduate of the University of Richmond (BA), Southeastern Baptist Seminary (M.Div.), and Luther Rice Seminary (D.Min.). He pastored churches for 50 years in VA and NC. Upon retirement from his last pastorate he was elected Pastor Emeritus of Arlington Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, N.C. In each of his pastorates he was active in both denominational and civic activities. Funeral services will be conducted at Concord Baptist Church, 12053 Francisco Rd. Farmville, VA 23901 (for directions see Shorter Funeral Home web site) on July 11, 2019 at 11:00AM. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at 3:00 PM at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone, VA 23824. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Concord Baptist Church (mail to 6114 Deer Run Rd. Farmville, VA 23901).

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Marguerite Colona Peck
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
I am 98 years old and Bill was one of my dearest friends. Our contacts were our phone visits. Bill was an inspiration and my confidant for many years. My Mom was Aunt Pearl to him as he led her funeral service. Bill married my Bob and me on July 8, 1978, 41 years ago. Heavens’ gates opened joyfully when my dear friend stood at the gate. I will always remember his life as he served others, worship his God and shared his love with everyone. I will miss our phone visits! I left a message on his phone the 4th of July not knowing that he was already with God. In my message I told him how much I loved him. My final words to him were God bless.

Marilyn N. Estess
   Posted Thu July 11, 2019
Heaven has gained a wonderful man ! My grandmother, Pearl Lett loved Bill like her son. Have so many wonderful memories and spending time with him when he lived with her. I know Jane and my grandmother are so happy to have him with them again.

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