Tommy McFadden was born on Oct. 30, 1938, in Lynchburg, the 13th of 14 children of the late Samuel and Doshia McFadden.

He departed this life on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, surrounded by family members.

Tommy was married to the late Julia Mae McFadden and from this union three children were born, Regina, Linda and Dale. He married his second wife, Minnie Johnson McFadden, in 2005. Tommy was educated in the Lee County school system. He joined the Air Force in 1961 and served for 21 1/2 years. He retired with an honorable discharge. After his retirement, Tommy earned two associate degrees in heating and air conditioning. He joined St. Matthew AME Church at a young age, where he served faithfully as an usher and was given the honor of being named honorary trustee.

Tommy leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Minnie McFadden; children, Regina (Albert) Essel, Linda Hawthrone and Dale (Leon) Wilson; grandchildren, Michelle, Albert Jr. and DaLeah; great-grandchildren, Antuanette, Amena and Michaela; stepchildren; a sister, Retha M. Graham of Lynchburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by his brothers, John Henry, Marcus, Clarence, Herbert, Waymon, Woodrow, Samuel Jr. and Louis; and his sisters, Eula, Julia, Ethel Mae, Mary and Mary.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. Matthew AME Church, 226 Main St., Lynchburg, SC 29080 with Pastor Rutledge officiating and the Rev. Donna Jackson, eulogist.

Interment will be held at noon on Monday at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia.

The family will receive friends at the home, 1050 W. Sherwood Drive, Sumter, SC 29153.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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