Thomas L. Fuller(1918 - 2013)

Thomas Louis Fuller
Norfolk - Thomas L. Fuller, 94, passed peacefully to the Lord on August 10, 2013 at Sentara Nursing Center, Norfolk. Born in Roane County, Tennessee on October 17, 1918, he was one of 11 children born to Emma and Johnce Fuller. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1937. He joined the Navy in 1939 and did his boot camp in Norfolk. He saw duty on both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts during World War II. He served on the Battle Ship BB 33 Arkansas and was also a plank owner on the Aircraft Carrier CV-32 Leyte. He went on to serve 20 years in the Navy retiring as Chief in 1959. He later was employed with the City of Norfolk as a custodial supervisor in charge of the Public Safety building, retiring in 1980. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and avid gardener who shared his garden wealth with family and friends over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, infant son, Thomas L. Fuller, Jr. and his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary K. Fuller. He is survived by nieces and nephews in Tennessee, New Jersey and Indiana and leaves behind a son Roger A. Fuller (Nancy) of Norfolk, two granddaughters Emily Fuller Zeitler (John) of Sugar Land, Texas and Sarah Jane Fuller of Norfolk. A special thank you to Dr. Jonathan Miller and to the doctors and staff of Sentara Assisted Living and Nursing Centers of Newtown Road, Norfolk and the Sentara Hospice Care for the entrusted care they provided over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 8918 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk 23503 or the 6350 Center Dr., Ste. 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 6-8 p.m. in Woodlawn Funeral Home. Service will take place Thursday, Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk. Condolences may be offered to the family online at



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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 13, 2013