Thomas E. Pledger Jr. (83) and Virginia M. Pledger (81) are now at home with the Lord!
Tom passed away on August 29, 2021, near the home of one of his children in Comal County, Texas. He was born in Houston, Texas to Thomas Edward Sr. and Martha Francis Pledger on September 29, 1937. After graduating from Smithville High School in 1956, he joined the Army Corp of Engineers and served until November, 1961, before going to work for the Southern Pacific railroad which he never stopped talking about. Tom retired in July 2000.
Virginia passed away on September 12, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Comal County, Texas. Like Tom, Virginia was surrounded by family as she passed from this life to be welcomed into the arms of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Virginia was born in Marble Falls, Texas to Joseph Clyde and Josephine Louise Gunn on April 15, 1940. She graduated from Fredericksburg High School in May 1958. Virginia worked in the Insurance industry for most of her career as an IT solutions analyst until also retiring in 2000.
Tom and Virginia were married on May 24, 1980 in Austin, Texas to begin their 41 wonderful years of marriage. From the very beginning, the Lord Jesus Christ was at the center of everything they endeavored. Their retirement years provided an opportunity to touch thousands of lives through various ministries and their local community.
They loved having their family around them and were faithful prayer warriors who brought many a petition before the Lord. Tom and Virginia always considered the local church their extended family and were very active members of Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Texas, volunteering for whatever needed to be done to serve its members and the community. Tom was a member of the Doss Volunteer Fire Department, and he and Virginia loved being a part of the Doss community. Always serving, always laughing, always available to meet whatever need arose.
Tom and Virginia were also very active in serving others through the Texas Baptist Men's Builder Ministry. Whether it was Tom remodeling a facility or Virginia making crafts for the gift shop, they always focused on sharing the love of Jesus with the gifts He gave them. They considered their co-laborers at Lakeview Baptist Assembly part of their extended family and loved them with all their hearts!
They were also lifetime members and volunteers at the Creation Science Museum in Kentucky. Their passion for sharing the truth of the Gospel and living it out day-to- day was contagious.
Anyone who knows Tom and Virginia will also tell you one of their greatest joys on this earth was Southern Gospel music. They looked forward to attending and volunteering at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee each year. They could talk for hours about their friendships and love for these singers and songwriters who gave them so much joy in the Lord.
Tom and Virginia are survived by adult children Sheri Craft, Thomas ("Eddie") Pledger III, Tom's sister, Mary Hoskins, Virginia's sister, Ruth Welgehausen, and brother, Don Gunn, along with fourteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of their lives will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Texas at 3:00pm on September 26, 2021.
Faith Baptist Church
3022 N State Highway 16
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
The service will be streamed live on the church's YouTube channel at "Faith Baptist Fredericksburg Texas".
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Campus Crusade for Christ at https://give.cru.org
or Compassion International at https://www.compassion.com.
Published by Harrell Funeral Home of Austin from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2021.