Lt. Col. Thomas "Tommy" Gardner Hines

Lt. Col. Thomas "Tommy" Gardner Hines

Suffolk, VA
01.11.1932 - 06.05.2018
Served in the

After a lengthy illness, Tommy passed away June 5, 2018, at age 86.

He was the son of the late Garland Eads Hines and Jessie Elizabeth GARDNER Hines, long-time Suffolk florists and a member of a well-known Suffolk family, whose roots extend back to the 1700s in Southampton County – and in Sussex County prior to then – and some of whom belong to the Cheroehaka (Nottoway) Tribe.

In addition to his parents, Tommy was predeceased by his daughter, Alice Yvette HINES Wichman.

He was a 1950 graduate of Suffolk High School, where he was selected by his peers as an outstanding graduate for his leadership.  After graduation from SHS, Tommy was a member of the Class of 1954 Corps of Cadets at VPI.

Tommy served the nation capably in the U.S. Army, retiring after 21 years as a Lieutenant Colonel, in 1976, serving tours of duty around the world, particularly in Germany and South Korea, and as a skilled, combat-wounded helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

He was decorated for his exemplary service with a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Legion of Merit, among other commendations.

During the Eisenhower Administration, Tommy was Commander of the Presidential Honor Guard at Arlington’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

He was Aide de Camp to the Commanding Officer at Ft Benning, Georgia, Lt. General John A. Heintges.

As Chief Protocol Officer at Ft. Monroe, Tommy served the needs of Mamie Eisenhower as she spent a week in Hampton Roads for the christening of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower and was honored to have her personal thank you letter.

Tommy's final military service was as Army Liaison to the U.S. Second Fleet in Norfolk, serving on the Admiral's Flagships, heavy cruiser, USS Newport News, and, then, the Blue Ridge-class command ship, USS Mount Whitney.

Upon retiring from the Army, Tommy became Director of Public Works and Director of Aviation Facilities for the City of Suffolk, retiring in 1998, where his employees proudly and fondly called him "the Colonel."

In retirement from the city, he served 15 years for Meals on Wheels, delivering hot meals to Suffolk shut-ins.

Tommy married his high school sweetheart, Marian Osborn CUTCHIN, a member of Suffolk High School Class of 1952, on May 7, 1955, at Main Street Methodist Church, in a ceremony led by George S. Lightner. She survives him.

Tommy is also survived by his children, Thomas Gardner Hines, Jr., a member of the Class of 1973; Robin Osborn HINES Casey, a member of the Class of 1975, and her husband, Michael; and Heather Eads HINES Parsons and her husband, Doug; and son-in-law, Brandon Wichman;

His grandchildren (spouses): Angela Danielle HINES Weller (Kevin); April Christine HINES Mattei (Daniel); Thomas “Trey” Gardner Hines, III; Ryan William Hines; Owen Thomas Casey (Lauren); Sarah Madison CASEY Terrell (Kevin); Tyler James Casey; Victoria “Tori” Belle Parsons; and Grace Daughtry Wichman; and, his great-grandchild: Dean Corrado Mattei.

Tommy is also survived by his brother, Garland "Gary" Eads Hines, Jr., a member of the Class of 1958, and his wife, Ann Arlene SAUNDERS Hines, and their son, Garland Eads Hines, III (Deana), and daughter, Beth Ann Hines (William Leo Forst); and their grandchildren Morgan Eads Hines, Leo Forst, and Lucy Forst.

Tommy is also survived by, among many others, his cousin, Angus Irving Hines Jr, a member of the Class of 1941.

At the request of Lt Col Hines (USA Ret.) burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery 1 Memorial Avenue Arlington, VA 22211 on Tuesday June 19, 2018 3 PM with full military honors. The family is being assisted by R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory. 

Due to the family concluding their grieving period at the evening of his death and now full of Joy and Happiness for his transition, the family has agreed they prefer no formal visitation or chapel service. Those wishing to make a personal contact to a known family member are welcome to do so and share their joys about Tommy's influence on them. We understand your sadness of the news, but the family's is over, after we spent months daily at his side in hospice care. 

Those of you desiring to share in the Arlington send off... you may, as Tommy repeated more than once “Arlington does it right”. For those desiring to honor Tommy in a charitable memorial gift his valued charities are ... Wounded Warriors..... Disabled American Vets...Folds of Honor…. Dogs Deserve Better (Smithfield VA). Please register your condolences below.

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Arlington National Cemetery
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Colonel Hines, Thank you for your service. Condolences to his family and friends. He served his country with Honor and Dignity. RIP, Sir.

Patricia Duman Sowers

So sorry to hear of Mr. Hines's passing. I have fond memories of working for him when he was the Director of Public Works. He loved his family and was also kind and fair to his "PW family". My condolences to Mrs. Hines and family.

Cindy Clements

My sincere condolences to the Hines' family. Having worked with Mr. Hines in Suffolk, I had great respect for his professionalism and dedication to public service. Rest in peace Colonel...thank you for your service to this country.

Douglas Caskey

I wish to express my sincere sympathy to the Hines family. I was a classmate of Tommy's at Suffolk HS and also attended VPI with him. He was real credit to his school, his community and to the military he so proudly served. He will be remembered by those who knew and loved him as a sincere, honest, and outstanding person. My condolences to his wife, Marion, and their family.

Vann H. Johnson

On behalf of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe, Southampton County, Virginia, we extend our deepest heart felt condolences at the "walking on" of our Tribal Chief Man, Tommy "Star Watcher" Hines' father, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Thomas Hines.

We know that the loss of a loved one deeply saddens the heart, but be remindful that the Creator has promised in his word that he has prepared a home for us in his father's kingdom and surely he comes to claim his own.

Sometimes when the storms of life come into our life and rain is all around, in our "Faith" we know that all things are better when the morning comes for surely there will be "Sunshine."

We pray that the Creator will give you strength of faith to know that all is well with the "Spirit" and "Soul" of your loved one.

On this day be Blessed.

Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown

Sending heartfelt condolences and praying for the family. Love to all from Ann & Warren Leister and Jim & Shelia Ward.

Ann Ward Leister

Sincere condolencences to the family. Col. Hines was a true Gentleman and treated all with respect. As Director of Public Works he considered everyone as part of the family and treated them as such. His philosophy for the Department was one of service to the Public and every problem deserved a resolution. The word can't was non existent. Col. Hines was a dedicated Public servant and Proud American. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Wesley S King

Dear Marian and Family,
On behalf of the City of Suffolk Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Tommy. He was an outstanding gentleman, who served his Country, his City, his Community, and his family well. We will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer, and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

Dear Marian and your family,

I am so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. He was a brave warrior and a real credit to the
U.S. Army and to his family, friends, and to the community that he served and loved. I had the privilege of his friendship for many years and he will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
With deepest sympathy,
Randy O'Neal

Randy O'Neal

Dear Marian & family,
Tommy was an truly devoted citizen & veteran whom I have fond memories of !!! God bless your family @ this difficult time !!! Our loss however is "Heaven's Gain" !!!
Steve H.Butler

Steve H. Butler

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