Lt. Col. Thomas "Tommy" Gardner Hines
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.
Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Avenue
Arlington, VA 22211