Willard Warren Tomlinson, Jr., of Bedford, died on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after a long illness. He was born on July, 7, 1932, to Willard W. and Maxine Owens in Charleston, W.Va. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Mary Alice Moseley; brother, Anthony and wife, Dianna; sister, Sara and husband, Michael Shipman; brother-in-law, Lewis Moseley; children, Alice and husband, Paul Grim, Richard and wife, Candie Tomlinson, and Rachel and husband, Owen Slater; and his grandchildren, Nathan, Natalie, Anna, Carrie, Nicola, and Alexander.
A 1950 graduate of Charleston Catholic High School, Warren attended West Virginia University (WVU) and in 1952 was drafted into the Army where he served in the 98th MP Battalion, Shimabuka, Okinawa. He graduated with a BA degree from Marshall College, Huntington, W.Va., in 1957 and was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
The family lived in Roanoke for many years. He was owner and president of Tomlinson Fire Protection. In 1998 he retired to Bedford, Va. Warren always had a quiet but strong understanding that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior.
Special thanks from the family go to the many kind caregivers that have provided for his well being.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at St. Thomas of Canterbury ACC, Roanoke. Burial will follow in Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin, Va., at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Women of St. Thomas, 4910 Hubert Road, NW, Roanoke, VA 24012.
Arrangements by Burch- Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, Va., 540-586-7360.