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of Bedford, VA and formerly of Middleburg,VA, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2013.Born August 18, 1928, in Washington D.C.,he is survived by his beloved wife Heidi; fivechildren and their spouses; Tom and JeniferClines, Jean and Scott Wilson, June Anderson,Mary Clines, Patty Clayton; the mother of hischildren, Theresa Clines; and his six grandchildren, Ben, Jon and Nick Clines; NickAnderson, Briar Wilson, and Christine Clayton.He was predeceased by his parents, Ednaand Bart Clines; his sisters, Elinor Phelps and Mary Waddle; his brothers Barry and Bobby Clines; and his son, Michael. A decorated veteran of the Korean War, Tom was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation, the Korea Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Following his war service, he continued to serve his country with honor and distinction over a thirty-year career as a federal employee in the intelligence community. He worked to protect American national security interests while working in numerous foreign countries such as Thailand, Laos, Germany, and Panama. After Tom retired from the federal government, he engaged in a very successful career as an international business consultant for almost thirty years. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Bedford, VA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Interment will be held at a future date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA, 540.586.7360

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August 17, 2020
bendera masih berkibar; dan bandar belum jatuh. Anda dikenang oleh kita semua.
Singapura, 18 Ogos 2020
July 31, 2020
Cobra 6
August 20, 2019
Thinking about you recently. RIP
Charlie Zureki
August 19, 2019
A mentor, friend and patriot long missed. Few are remaining. Never forgetting.

Strength and Honor,
August 18, 2019
18 août 2019
Joyeux anniversaire general;
Honneur et Fidélité
Élysée Paris, France
August 19, 2018
Some mentors come into our lives and leave footprints on our souls and we are never the same. So it was with you. No one will come after nor has since that can repair the void. On this day of remembrance, we give eternal thanks for your profound imprint on those of us who shared the journey for but awhile.
Cobra 6 Out of Africa
August 18, 2018
18 August 2018, your 90th year; the fair winds of your memory carry us on our journey to far away places and distant dreams. Without you we would not be who we are.
February 5, 2018
To Heidi, who rounded Tom's life so beautifully. You are forever in our hearts and prayers. As Tom is. His legacy will live on forever, Heidi, in all of us who loved him.

HQ, Warrenton, Virginia
February 4, 2018
My mentor I learned so much from u,u were my last living contact to my father..Thank you for being you Hi Heidi
August 21, 2017
Long missed, ever present. Forever honored. The light of this true patriot burns bright within us - we need you, Tom, more than you know.

From vantage point on high - provide the guidance in spirit you so artful gave in life. Cobra 6
August 18, 2017
Lead, Inspire, Serve; you were and remain my true hero. Happy Birthday 18 August 1928
August 19, 2016
There are those remarkable men, few in number, who have left their legacy to live on - as the legendary mentor who successfully conveyed to the eager apprentice, the unquenchable drive to achieve the possible, remembering always to accomplish the task most others lack the courage or will to undertake. You taught us well. For us, you live on. Strength and Honor.
August 18, 2016
Today, 18 August 2016, is your 88th year. This holds a special meaning in the Chinese culture, combined with your month/day/year string at birth [08 18 28] it is a very auspicious day for the Shan. We think of you often. > Jom Tai
East of the Salween River Shan State
November 8, 2015
.. On this I have on our behalf remembered in the usual way the courage and bravery of those dear to us "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them". TaDoe Tee & Cobra6

-KOREA THRU IRAQ 1950 ~ 2003
London England
October 3, 2015
You are missed... you were like a father to me. Your advice was priceless. Thank You! And RIP.
Charlie Zureki
August 18, 2015
..... You are with us today -your Birthday- as we deal with the events in Bangkok. Your leadership is missed; you are not forgotten.[08-18-28]
Bangkok Thailand
January 15, 2015
Tom Clines was a helluva man. I had the pleasure of working closely with Tom during the Simba War in the Congo, where he helped me establish a Navy on Lake tanganyika to interdict the weapons and supplies coming across the Lake from Kigoma in Tanganyika (prior to Tanzania) where we had much to do by Che' Guevara's own acknowledgement in his "Congo Diary", with forcing Che' to give up and flee. We had our own Cuban Cadre thanks to Tom's relationships and the amazing trust that Tom engendered. I very much regret losing contact with Tom and not being anywhere around at the end. He was a friend and memory for all-time.
Jim Hawes
November 12, 2014
Remembrance Sunday 09 November 2014 The Cenotaph; London, England
.....Thomas G. Clines; from Korea thru Iraq your service remains our primary azimuth as we advance the cause. TaDoe Tee & Cobra6
London England
July 22, 2014
..... We were on K Street together, went to the Rib, met at the Hay Adams; I am progressing in your image. I think you would be proud of me.
June 1, 2014
Heidi, almost a year had past and my memories of such a grand master of time and universal history are still very clear in my heart. May God grant His grace on him! Margie Sanfeliz-Wu
Margarita Sanfeliz
June 1, 2014
Heidi, almost a year had past and my memories of such a verygrand master of time and universal history are still very clear in my heart. May God grant His grace on him! Margie Sanfeliz-Wu
Margarita Sanfeliz
March 13, 2014
Thomas, I was surprise to hear of you r fathers passing. I know you celebrate his life and dedication to our countries safety. I have found memories of a man who treated me like a daughter, not a daughter in law. We shared almost the same birthday and that made a special bond. Love to Heidi, Jean , june, Mary, and Terry.
Trina Weir
January 1, 2014
..... Your call always came on the first day of the new year, with sentiments of hope, dreams and luck. Your call still came, it is in the form of your image. You are remembered with profound respect.
November 9, 2013
Remembrance Sunday; 'Lest We Forget' your service to the United States of America
October 2, 2013
We are sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We send our sincere condolences to his family. Jan Baldwin, (knew Tom through association with N.C. Livingstone)
September 14, 2013
Heidi sorry to hear about Tom...Some fond memories of our work together. God bless you and family in this time of loss.
August 22, 2013
A bright light to those who knew him, a real patriot to those who followed him. He gave his best years to our flag and from those who truly understood the value of his service to this country, we salute you, Tom. Its the end of an era. Strength and Honor.
August 18, 2013
The Flag Still Flies and The City Has Not Fallen; your birthday will always be remembered. 18 August 1928 [ 08 18 28 ]
August 3, 2013
Our sincere condolences to Tom's family, and many thanks for his decorated service.
Jane and Jim McKeon
August 2, 2013
God rest his soul.
Peter J. Clines
August 2, 2013
Strength & Honour
August 2, 2013
rest in peace
August 2, 2013
Heidi, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. ...George
August 2, 2013
for your loved one. may he rest in peace.
August 2, 2013
Heidi, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.May he rest in peace.
George Kearns
August 2, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during your time of grief. Rely on God through prayer and his word the bible.
August 2, 2013
Heidi, may God hold you in the palm of His hands and give to Tom light, happiness and peace. Can not be with you in person but will be with you in prayer on Saturday. May the angels lead Tom into paradise and the martyrs come to welcome him and take him to the new and eternal Jerusalem.

pace e bene,
Fr Joe Lehman
August 1, 2013
Heidi, our thoughts and prays are with you. Blessings to you...Ed and Helen
August 1, 2013
To all of Tom's family. Our hearts and prayers are with you, now, and always. Our beloved Tom is with our Lord in Heaven, believe this. Sandy and Wilson, Dave, Doug, John, and Steve
Sandra Springs
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