Thomas F. Topham Jr., 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 3, 2019. He was a life-long resident of Wytheville, Va. Tommy was born on December 2, 1930, to the late Thomas F. Topham Sr. and Ozella C. Topham. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Francis Bolton and Dorothy Tarter; and brother, Ben Topham Sr. Tommy served in the U.S. Air Force as a patrolman from 1951-1955. After his discharge he was employed by Norfolk and Southern Railway, retiring after 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Fay Catron Topham; brother-in-law, Garland Catron (Barbara) of Wytheville, Va.; nieces, Terrie Reilly (Kevin) of Maryville, Tenn., Susan Blair (Ernie) of Wytheville, Va., Kim Cregger (James) of Wytheville, Va., and Sandy Catron; nephews, Tim Topham (Traci) of Maryville Tenn., Ben Topham Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., and Dale Catron of Wytheville, Va.; special nephew, Tam Topham of Wytheville, Va., and several great nieces and nephews. Tommy will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him. A funeral service was held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Reverend Gary Houseman, interment followed in the West End Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday from 12 noon until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Berea Christian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sandra Ferguson, 500 Petunia Road, Wytheville, VA 24382. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.grubbfuneralhome.com. Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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