Thomas A. "Tom"
Asheville - Dr. Thomas A. Readling, 79, retired Asheville pediatrician, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center.
Dr. Readling was born on November 21, 1933, in Cornelius, NC, to the late Harold and Susie Readling. On May 21, 1956, he graduated from Wake Forest College where he served in the Army
R.O.T.C. On June 30, 1956, he married the love of his life, Betty Jo Huskins. He was a member of the 1960 graduating class of Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest University School of Medicine). Upon graduation, he received a commission as an officer in the United States Army. Dr. Readling completed his pediatric internship at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, and his pediatric residency at William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He then served as Chief of Pediatrics at Ireland Army Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
In 1965, after resigning his Army commission, Dr. Readling moved to Asheville where he was a founding partner of Asheville Pediatric Associates. He retired in 2001 after 41 years of pediatric practice.
Dr. Readling was a member of the Buncombe County Medical Examiners. He served as the pediatrician at the Baptist Home for Unwed Mothers and was also on the Board of Directors for Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital from 1979-1996.
Dr. Readling was an active member of First Baptist Church, serving on the Building Committee for the Children's Building, the Finance Committee, and the Board of Deacons. He was a member of the Agape Sunday School class and enjoyed serving as the outreach leader.
Dr. Readling is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Jo Huskins Readling; four children, Sheree R. and Jim Bissett, Teree R. and Charlie Crawford, Amy R. and Michael Shaffer, Alex and Angela Readling; eight grandchildren, Emily Bissett and fiancé Keith Lauria, Caroline Bissett, Meagan Crawford Lancaster and husband, Frankie, Morgan Crawford and fiance Hillary Roark, Melody and McKaylee Shaffer, Clayton and Ben Readling; sister, Frankie E. Roach and brother Vance Readling and his wife, Jean.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at First Baptist Church, Asheville. The Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles and the Revs. Leah Brown, David Blackmon, and Eddie Morgan will officiate.
Interment with military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street, Asheville, or to Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 200 East 1st Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
The on-line register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com