Thomas Melvin Whiteford passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at the age of 81.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, William and Elizabeth Whiteford; and brother, William Daniel Whiteford.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Virginia Marie Whiteford. They were married in New Castle on May 21, 1955.
Tom is lovingly remembered by his five children, Thomas Whiteford (Karen) of Hubbard, Ohio, Debra Granger of Jacksonville, Florida, Robert Whiteford (Elaine) of Tampa, Florida, Ricky Whiteford (Teresa) of Jacksonville and Terri Baldwin of Erie. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Chrissy, Michael, James, Leigh-Ann, Shannon and Anton; and a great-grandchild, Nicholas. One loving sister survives him, Margaret (Peggy) Kirkwood of New Castle, and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
Tom was born in New Castle on March 19, 1936.
He attended New Castle High School and was part-owner and operator of Thrifty Market for many years. He was a butcher by trade and sales representative of Sugardale Meats.
Tom and his wife, Virginia, moved to Mancos, Colorado, in 1986. He pursued his career as a butcher and soon opened his own meat-processing business.
He loved the Rocky Mountains and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Tom loved the Lord and he was an active member of First Baptist Church of Mancos, where he devoted much of his time. He was also a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Tom and his wife relocated to Jacksonville in August 2016, to be near family. He spent the last year of his life spending quality time with family, walks on the beach, fishing and making new friends.
Tom touched the lives of all who knew him with his kindness, and his sense of humor was always an inspiration to his family and friends.
A memorial will be held at Harvest Baptist Church, 1057 Arlington Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32211, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, with Pastor Bryan Samms officiating.
A reception will take place immediately following at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Community Hospice.
Published on November 1, 2017