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Marion Frederick "Fred" Toms

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HENDERSONVILLE - Marion Frederick "Fred" Toms, Jr., 87, died peacefully at home on Friday, March 15, 2013.
Fred was born in Asheville, but lived most of his life in Hendersonville. He was the eldest child of the late Marion Frederick Toms, Sr., and Joy Wellford Toms. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Birch Toms, and his daughter, Leila Wellford Ballard, and her husband, Delyn Ballard, as well as his brothers, Robert Lee Toms and James Huston Toms and their families, and the children of his sister, Nancy Huston Toms Daniel, who predeceased him.
After education in Hendersonville schools, Fred entered U.S. Naval Service at age 17, during World War II. He was trained as a radarman and served at sea in the South Pacific. When he returned home from war, he attended college at the Asheville-Biltmore College (now UNC Asheville), Duke University and the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Ms. His education was interrupted by a call back into the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, where he served aboard the USS Princeton. After Korean War service, Fred transferred from Ole Miss to Emory University School of Law, where he obtained a Doctorate in Law in 1954.
He practiced law briefly in Collins, Ms., before moving back to N.C., and remained a lifelong member of the Mississippi Bar. Fred was for many years, owner and operator of Fred Toms Furniture on Main Street, and at times he has been a realtor, home builder and real estate developer. Fred ran as a Republican primary candidate for District Court Judge back in the 70s.
He was a multi-talented man, and devout Christian, who loved his family and lived a life of service to others in the name of his Lord.
A memorial service is planned at New Beginnings World Outreach Center on Toms Hill, at 3 Summit Circle in Hendersonville, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013. All are welcome.
Published in The Times-News from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013
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