Thomas Holt Felts
FELTS The Lord called home his faithful servant Colonel Thomas Holt Felts, 45, on November 14, 2006. Tommy was killed in action in Iraq. Tommy dedicated his life to the service of God, country and family. He made a huge difference in the lives of those he touched. He demonstrated that conviction by volunteering for the post in Iraq. He knew the dangers of being in harm's way. Yet, he remained committed to securing the future for our children by defeating forces of hatred and violence and showing people what is possible if they embrace tolerance and peace. He laid down his life as he lived it, in the name of love. Tommy served his country in the United States Army for 27 years. He received degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Richmond, where he also served as the president of his fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. He received advanced degrees from Command and General Staff College. Tommy actively participated in Christian churches in Virginia, Tennessee, Germany, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina and Kansas regularly serving as a deacon, choir member, Sunday school teacher, and in other children's ministries. He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Wallace Felts. He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly Waldrop Felts; and their four children, Sara Beth (19), LeAnna Rachel (17), Rebekah Vivian (13) and Thomas Holt Jr. "TJ" (11). In addition, Tommy leaves behind his mother, Mrs. Anne Felts of Sandston, Va.; his brother, William "Billy" Felts of Denver, Co.; and his sister Ramona "Missy" Felts Wonders of Haymarket, Va. The family will receive condolences at Nelsen's Funeral Home on Laburnum Avenue on Tuesday evening November 21, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at the Chapel at the University of Richmond. Interment will be at the Seven Pines National Cemetery on Williamsburg Road near Sandston, Va. The remaining details of the funeral are still being finalized. In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing an educational trust for the benefit of the children. Children's Trust, 12500 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, Va. 23602.

Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Nov. 18, 2006.
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Words cannot express my sadness for your family. I did not know COL Felts as a friend. However, at the time of his deployment I was an Captain/Infantry Officer in the Army leading a specialty platoon In Baghdad.

I was with COL Felts on patrol the day he and SPC Justin Garcia were taken from this world. Not a day goes by I don’t think of them and the events that occurred.

I will never forget you Sir. May you walk in peace with the lord.
Bob Kus
Military
November 14, 2020
Col Felts was my company commander when I was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. Then Capt Felts was an outstanding leader and set an example for us all to follow. This Memorial Day my thoughts are with you and your family. Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace, you Lived with Honor.
Dan Henry
May 25, 2020
COL Felts (Tom) and Family - I didn't know Tom personally, but I think of him often because our fates are connected. I was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, KS in 2005 and was on orders to go to Iraq as an individual augmentee in early 2006. I received a call one day from the G3 telling me that a Colonel then in the SAMS course had volunteered to take my place and if it was OK with me, the HQ would rescind my orders. I had come back from a tour in Afghanistan in fall 2003, so I said that was fine. My wife and kids were of course happy to hear the news that I would not be deploying. My kids were in school on post and knew the Felts kids, so in 2006 when they heard and I heard about Tom being killed in action it was a huge shock because I realized - that was supposed to be me. I deployed to Iraq from 2008 - 2010, always wondering whether Tom's sacrifice in 2006 would be repaid by me. I retired from the Army in 2011, now live in Michigan and this year I had a brick paver engraved for Tom and installed at ourlocal Veterans Tribute (VTOTMI.ORG) to honor Tom's memory. I drive by it often and "salute" him. Mrs Felts and family, I hope this story and the picture of Tom's engraved paver in some way helps. Tom, I will not forget you.
COL Timothy Reese
Military
May 31, 2019
Speak the truth even if your voice shakes,,,, love that quote,,,
Me
November 14, 2017
I miss you Kim.
Me
June 9, 2017
Seriously Sorry for your loss Kim.
Me
May 30, 2017
Thanks for your service, sorry for your loss Kim.
Me
April 4, 2017
Mark Williams
May 25, 2015
Sir,

A few more years have passed...but your spirit is a vibrant memory in my mind. I think of you and SPC Garcia often and any chance I get to tell my daughters about the actual heroes I served with, I make sure I honor your legacy by doing so.
CW3 Richard "Sandman 1" Brumfield
May 24, 2015
RIP sir. It was an honor to work for you in baghdad
TYRONE HATCHER
December 12, 2014
Dear Col. Felts and family. Today my wife & I were visiting Sandston, VA and decided to visit the National Cemetary. There for an unknown reason we were drawn to your resting place and headstone. We had never met, but we knew we needed to learn more about you. You are NOT forgotten. Thank you & your family for your bravery and sacrifice to our great country. Col. Felts, I never served in the military, but reading through some of the entries on this site I know I would have wanted you as my leader and proudly served under you. Say Hi to God from us and we will meet in glory one day!
Rick & Elaine Koch
August 15, 2014
Thinking hard & seeing your smile, Tommy. What a good dude!!! Keep 'em straight upstairs until we get there!!! Thanks for all you did & still do. You're still motivating folks by your example...
Jimmy Taylor
May 25, 2014
It was a great privilege to serve under your leadership of our III Corps ACE, and it was not a good day to hear that you had passed away, right after I had arrived in Baghdad myself. We are still on Watch Sir!
Jeremy Hill
May 24, 2014
Still miss you, boss.
John
November 14, 2013
Thanks for your support through some rough times and encouragement to rise above it. You will not be forgotten, Sir.
Jonathan Gordon
May 27, 2013
Seven years is way too long not to have you here with us. I thank God each and every day for the memories.
May 27, 2013
Tommy this memorial day you remain in my heart and always will. I fly our flag under which we live in freedom due to the sacrafices you and your brothers have made. You and them shall always be remembered.
Gerald Parham
May 26, 2013
In honor and recognition of Col Thomas Felts. We will forever be grateful for his service & sacrifice.
January 27, 2013
Sir,
Amazing how time has flown by, but your memory and legacy remain fresh as the days I served with you. You are fine American who sacrificed all for my freedom. My daughters will forever know your name and sacrifice.
Richard "Sandman 1" Brumfield
November 13, 2012
My Cousin My Brother,

You are the whisper in the wind that speaks to me of honor, courage, love of family and country. But most of all sacrafice for your fellow humans.
Your legacy will live through eternity my brother.

Love

Jerry
November 12, 2012
A Soldier never dies until he is forgotten. Tommy you will never be forgotten. Remembering you this Memorial Day.

Love you my cousin

Jerry
Gerald Parham
May 28, 2012
I miss you bro.
May 26, 2012
Happy Easter cousin. Love You
Jerry
April 8, 2012
Dear Kim and children,
We only recently learned of Tom's death, and just wanted you to know you are in our prayers. We have not forgotten you and remember when we first went to Leavenworth Baptist Church back in 1997, nervous about our first ministry home. You made us feel so welcome. We have thought of our many military friends over the years and wondered where they are and how they are doing. We can't find the words to say how much we appreciate Tom's service to his country, but most of all to His Lord and Savior. You will always be in our prayers.
Steve & Carolyn Fox
March 22, 2012
To the Family of Tom Felts: Deepest belated condolences on Tom's passing. He was a great Soldier and family man. I doubt you'll remember, but he invited my wife and I to your quarters 1988 at Ft campbell when I replaced him as the S2 in 1/327th. Y'all were heading off to Ft Huachuca. Better times, I'm sure. Sorry for his loss.
Mark Trawinski
December 17, 2011
November 14, 2011
To the family and friends of Col. Thomas H. Felts:
Please accept my remembrance of Thomas on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
November 15, 2011
A sentence from the Soldier's Creed in rememberance.

"I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life."

Mission Complete we will carry the torch forward.

Love

Jerry
May 30, 2011
We can never forget You and the reason you sacrificed your life for us. As I have met people recently from other countries and seen the excitement in them when they are able to enjoy a taste of some of Our Freedoms and they say "I made up my mind I will Stay in America" I realize how we seem to take so much for granted. Only because of Men and Women like you do we have the Greatest Free Country in the World. May we all never forget.
Love, David ,Tina and Nicolas
David Maxim
May 30, 2011
To the family of COL Thomas H. Felts Sr.,

I had the wonderful opportunity to serve with Col Felts at FOB Justice in Kadhimiya, Iraq in early-mid 2006. I worked in intelligence and supported his MITT team for a time.

Justice was a small base and I often had the opportunity to sit beside him in the dining facility and work out with him at the gym, both rare feats for a junior enlisted soldier. He was the most down-to-earth Colonel I have ever met. He often took my advice and looked to me as an equal rather than a lower ranking soldier. I remember standing beside him in the TOC one day and we suddenly began to receive mortar fire. He looked at me and said, "Wow. That's it? Hmph. I was expecting worse."

We always thought it was a bit odd to see his detachment going out with us; they were a motely crew of SFC's, CPT's, MAJ's and him being a Colonel and all. But, that was his personality. His troops went so he did too.

I never had a chance to salute him because of the environment we were in, but I salute him every day because I wear a memorial bracelet with his name on it.
COL THOMAS H. FELTS SR. VA ARMY
IRAQI FREEDOM 14 NOV 06 KIA.
Kregg Smith
December 29, 2010
To the family and friends of Col. Thomas H. Felts:
Remembering Thomas on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
November 14, 2010
Larry Cabral
November 13, 2010
Larry Cabral
November 13, 2010
COL Felts, tomorrow I will visit the 4th ID Memorial at Fort Hood. A plaque with your name is on display with all the other Soldiers who perished in Iraq while we were there. Not a day goes by that I wish we could of taken a diffrent route. I am sorry I didn't get to know you better and the quote by Darral Waltrip as we drove off on every mission "Boogity Boogity Boogity". I miss you brother.

Raven 9 Out!!
SFC Larry Cabral
November 13, 2010
Tommy-Thinking about you and the family and the incredible sacrifice you all made. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. We miss you dearly.
Will Kahn
November 11, 2010
Thank You and other brave soldiers like yourself who allowed the rest of us in the Great USA to celebrate another year of Freedom. You will always remind us that it comes with a price.
David, Tina and Nicolas Maxim
July 5, 2010
Col. Felts, I wish that I would have been able to know you better. But from the stories that I hear you sound like a great man. Even though we have never meet, I feel like I know you personally and that you speak to me. You seem like a Officer, a father, and a husband man that I would look up to and idealize. I hope and pray that I make my Army career as successful as you did.

I promise you that I will do my very best to take care of Sara. I know how much she meant to you. I will love, care, and respect her for the rest of my live.

Sir, I want to say thank you for everything that you have done. I understand why you wanted to be over there, I to have those some feelings. I hope I'm like you one day. Thank you for your sacrifice, sir. I salute you!

With all my love!
Ryan Bedgood
June 12, 2010
'...all the deserved honors to our Virginia heroes."
Nat Felts
June 3, 2010
You and many like you are the reason for this season. Happy Memorial Day, Happy Fourth of July & Happy HereAfter!!!

I am proud to call you friend and honored to call you a hero...
Jimmy Taylor
June 1, 2010
Tommy,
Thinking of you and your family on this memorial day and the sacrifice you all shared for us and the rest of the world. We will never forget.

Love you guys,
David,Tina and Nicolas Maxim
May 31, 2010
Remembering you this Memorial Day Tommy !!
Love You
Jerry
Gerald Parham
May 29, 2010
Uncle Tom, I know you are watching over us, please keep Joe safe in Afghanistan. I love you.
Jenny Fulgaro
April 28, 2010
COL. Felts,
Thank you for your dedicated service to our country. May God be with you and your family as they continue to move forward with only your spirit in hand and your memory in their hearts.
Glenn Felts
April 5, 2010
Raven 6,
Not one day has passed that I do not think of you and the dedication you showed to "changing the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people" while serving as a MiTT Advisor. I had the distinct honor to serve with you during that time. From the day I met you at the airport in Ft. Hood as you introduced yourself as my boss, to the very minute of this day, I truly believe I served with one of the greatest leaders in our Army. You consistently provided mentorship, not only to your Iraqi counterpart, but to your MiTTs, on a daily basis.

In 2006, prior to returning to my home station, I was presented a commemorative coin in your honor. The coin has remained on me every day since the presentation. My daughters asked why do I always carry it with me and I explained to them that it is remembrance of a true hero who rightly deserves to be remembered and honored every day.

Thank you COL Felts. It is truly an honor to have served with and known such a great leader.

WO1 Brumfield (Sandman 1)
Richard Brumfield
September 26, 2009
Tommy,

I've been thinking about you, Kim and the kids a lot lately...well, I always do, but it seems to be even more so lately. I miss you. My heart aches for Kim, Sara Beth, LeAnna, Bekah, and Tj...I cannot imagine what they have gone through in all aspects of their lives. I just wanted to say hi.

Kelly B.
Kelly Waldrop
August 31, 2009
Dear Mr. Tom,
I have heart this terrible news today and even though we haven't been in touch with your family we still love you and your family. Too bad we didn't stay in touch while we had a chance.
Monika, cousin in Germany
monika moyer
August 29, 2009
Thinking of you on this 4th of July Tommy as I do most everyday. Love you my brother.
Gerald Parham
July 4, 2009
TJ--I ran into Mrs. Sack from Ike the other day. (I work at West Middle now.) She told me the tree we planted for your dad is looking really great this spring (it has been a cooler spring here) and she wished you could see it. I hope you are doing well. I can't believe you will be starting ninth grade next fall! I think of you often. I know you will be a great success in anything you do!
Mrs. Lemmon
May 25, 2009
A heavenly salute to you, Tommy!!!
JT Taylor
May 25, 2009
Because of you Tommy, and all the other men and women who serve and die for our country, we are here. I miss you and I love you.
Missy Felts
May 24, 2009
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Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna Larra
March 4, 2009
Kim,
Angela, the kids and I think of you and your family often. May God continue to strengthen and bless you. We will NEVER forget Tom, and while the distance between us is now great, we remain comitted to you - should you ever need anything, please let us know.
Jim Fain
November 15, 2008
Truly an American hero along with my son in law Cpl. Justin R. Garcia. "ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL".
God bless you and your family.
Donna M. Narciso
Mother in law of Cpl. Justin R. Garcia, who was with Col. Felts that night.
Donna Narciso
November 14, 2008
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Thomas, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


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Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

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November 14, 2008
To the family of Col. Thomas H. Felts:
Thomas gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
November 13, 2008
Tommy,

I mounted my Harley this week for the lone ride to the wall to pay my respects and remember you, Justin, and the 4000 + other soldiers who's names are inscribed thereon this Veterans Day. I still choke when I read your name on the wall. It was quite, sunny, and pleasant there that day along the Illinois River just below the water fall. I love you Tommy and won't forget you.

Your Cousin

Jerry
Gerald Parham
November 9, 2008
Dear Felts Family,

I hope you are all doing well. I wanted you to know that I think of Col Felts and your family often. I do feel blessed for the time I had him in my life. You are in my prayers. God bless you all.
Maj Christopher Zuchristian
November 8, 2008
So… my dads dead. Not quite the opening line you expected, right? But the truth is always surprising, like how surprised I was to be woken up at 6:30 in the morning by my bawling sister who I follow into the living room just to find out my life was forever changed. Like how surprised I was to find out I was going to be moving across the country. How about how surprised I was when I discovered high school wasn’t the scholastic adventure I had up to then enjoyed but rather real work! Or even the surprise that I really did miss my sisters who were going off to college. 2006 was as much a year I will always remember as it is one I so desperately wish I could forget. In February my dad deployed to Iraq where he was supposed to be training the Iraqi soldiers. I had just started the 8th grade and was still getting used to being a teenager when I got news that my father had been killed in action. When they first told me though I just went numb and didn’t start crying until the thought crossed my mind that my mother now had no one to grow old with. Sure it’s hard thinking of all the memories I’ll never get to share with my father like the talk on the only thing boys are after, or the dancing at my wedding. But still what hurts me the most is thinking of the things those I love will never get to have with him like he will never get to hold my older sisters babies, or go to my brothers soccer games, or even just that he will never again hold my mom’s hand in the car. It’s the little details like that, the moments we never really thought as sacrifices while he was still here, that are the hardest to handle daily. My father was a great man, the greatest man. My mom always says the reason it’s hard for me to find a boyfriend is that I’m looking for someone as great as my dad, and men like that are rare. Men like my father come once in a lifetime and I am blessed and proud to say that that man was not only in my lifetime but also in my life! As easy as it would be to cry everyday and fear this world, I can’t do that, the faith I have in God that was given to my by my dad’s undying love for the Lord won’t let me do that. It’s defiantly awkward when friends ask me what my dad does for a living and I have to tell them what he used to do, but still I’ve never been ashamed to say what my father died for. He volunteered for that position knowing the risk and left all of us with memories of him laughing and loving. That might just be what I miss the most is his smile. My dad had five different smiles. One when the air started getting cold outside, one when he was thinking of my Granddaddy, one when he thought something was truly hilarious, one when he could feel the love of his children, and one when he looked at my mom. Each smile brought a new light into the room and I can only hope to influence others one day the way my dad influenced me. The man made me who I am and influences me daily. Sadly I didn’t know that though until he was already gone. If I could see my dad one more time I would hug him for the last time and tell him not to worry that I understood why he had to go and why God had to take him from us so early. The way I see it he was too much of an angel to be on Earth anymore.

-Rebekah
Rebekah Felts
October 13, 2008
Still subscribing to your guest book & still receiving kudos tossed your way. I am proud to know you, Tommy! Still seeing you in your #40 on the football field in high school during two-a-days. Seems like yesterday...Love ya, man!!!
Jimmy Taylor
August 8, 2008
Thomas Felts,
When I met you I was Private First Class Parsons and I was was your driver/Intel Analyst. You were the III Corps/Fort Hood G2 ACE Chief and with just a few select words you made a lasting impact on my leadership style. ("THE PERSON IN CHARGE IS THE PERSON WITH THE RIGHT ANSWER.") I remember so vividly those conversations we would have about work, family, etc. and how you would tell me there is nothing more important in this life than your family and the positive impact you have on others.

When I had received word of your passing I uncontrollably broke down and cried, I could not believe that another great leader was taken from us.

Thomas Felts I want you to know that I will do my best to never let what knowledge you passed me fade and that I will continue to spread your message until we meet again.

As now I stand here Master Sergeant Parsons I will use your words to guide my leadership and I will continue to tell my soldiers the legacy of Thomas Felts and how he believed that one man can make a difference, how important training is to preparing soldiers for worst case scenario, and how THE PERSON IN CHARGE IS THE PERSON WITH THE RIGHT ANSWER!

GOD BE WITH THE FAMILY OF THOMAS FELTS AND KNOW THAT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

FOREVER YOUR FRIEND AND SOLDIER,
RYAN S. PARSONS

-What man is a man, who doesn't make the world a better place?
Ryan Parsons
August 7, 2008
COL Tom Felts and I served together back at Fort Hood, Texas during the 2000-2001 timeframe. In fact, I was his company commander because he served as the III Corps ACE Chief which was part of my company. He always moved to the sound of the guns to get the mission accomplish and always took care of his soldiers. I was serving a 15 month deployment in Iraq the day COL Felts went home to be with GOD. I can truly tell you that it was the hardest day of my 15 month deployment when I learned of his death. I had an opportunity to talk with him while I was at the Command General and Staff College as a student in 05 prior to him being deployed to Iraq and never thought it would be my last time speaking with him. My heart and prayers are with his family and COL Felts will always be missed. He was a true warrior and leader.
MAJ(P) Dennis Daniels
July 26, 2008
Sir,
Its been an honored to serve with you as one of your MITT team. Till this day I will always remember the day you pined me as a Captain rank while we waited at the CIF line at Ft Hood, to draw our equipment. The day you counseled me at Camp Taji, Iraq and you offered me a cigar and you showed me the pictures of your family. I remember two of my teammates got into an arguement and wanted to sort it out with you once you return from your convoy. Little did we know that night was last and longest night for all of us. You are by best, the greatest leader i've known and the world is a lesser place without you.
CPT Brandon Koay
July 25, 2008
Tommy - You were special to all of us. I think of you often and pray for Kim and the children. You made us all proud to be an American. Love,
Peggy Mulchi
Peggy Mulchi
July 6, 2008
Tommy,
It's 4th of July weekend and we celebrated another year of Freedom because of Hero's like yourself. You and others who have served and sacrificed so much for the rest of us shall always be remembered. We are forever in debt to you and your family. We Love You and and know you are an Angel in Heaven. Thank You. Love David , Tina and Nicolas
David, Tina , Nicolas Maxim
July 6, 2008
Tommy,

We're here at another 4th of July. I just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you as well as Justin Garcia. Thanks to soldiers sacrafices like yours and Justin we can still celebrate the Freedom we have today. God Bless you both.
Jerry Parham
July 4, 2008
Miss ya, Tom! Reconnecting with quite a few high school classmates and you are always mentioned with smiles and laughter.

God has a great angel working miracles for Him!
Jimmy Taylor
June 26, 2008
Felts family, i served with then LTC Felts with the 319 MI BN back in 2001-2002. I was his Bn Air NCO. My first impression of him was of a hard charging Bn CDR. He called me looking for information about becoming a jumpmaster prior to him taking command. I told him what he needed to know and advised him that it would be difficult. To make a long story short, we made 7 jumps in 5 days. The next day, he went to Jumpmaster School and graduated 15 days later. His philosophy was to lead from the front. Something we all respected. He will be missed....
SSGT Vincent Cipolla
June 24, 2008
TJ this is for you. I just want to let you know I think of you often. I sometimes run into some of your classmates from sixth grade. They are all really growing up, I bet you are too. Are you still writing? I hope so. I remember that you want to work for a newspaper someday. You are a talented young man. I hope you have done well in 7th grade and wish you well as you move on to 8th grade. (email me sometime)
Mrs. Lemmon
June 19, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Col Felts!
June 15, 2008
Dad, I miss you asnd want you to know that I think of you everyday! I'm sorry Grandma was too sick for us to take care of and I'm sorry I stil cry for you everday I promise one day I'll come up there with you but thank you Daddy for halping me to become the person I ammnow.

Love you Always
Bekah
Rebekah Felts
May 30, 2008
Dear Family,

I served with Col. Felts at FOB Justice. Just the day before he was killed I saw him chasing Barney ( the FOB's pet dog) away from some Iraqi soldiers that the dog had been barking at. It was a sight to see a Col. chasing a dog. Col. Felts was a great man, and I shall always remember him.
May 29, 2008
This is my second entry in my brother's Guest Book. Tommy, it's been 16 months since your death and almost two full years since I last spent time with you. I miss you so much every day. I still hear your voice and see your face as clearly as if you were here with me. But, I can't just pick up the phone or e-mail you anymore. The only thing I have left of you are my memories and the memories of others that they share. So, for all those who have written in this guest book, please keep doing it. It brings my brother back if only briefly through your stories.
Missy Felts
May 26, 2008
Dear Felts Family
Thanks for the opportunity to learn about your Husband and Father. I'm just an ordinary citizen who wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Col. Felts is in heaven. He gave his life for people like me and I am ever so thankful from the bottom of my heart. God bless each and every one of you.
Rich Sheehan
May 26, 2008
I just read about your husband and his Soldiers' bravery. He is a true hero. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your service to our country.
A Military Wife
March 13, 2008
Dear Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. COL F always talked about how much you and kids ment to him. It was so heart warming. May god watch over you and the kids. Rest peace Tom.
M Stephens
February 8, 2008
Dear Felts family,
I know they say that time heals but I can’t even imagine the pain you have gone thru, I only knew Tom as a young man and my mother and his aunts and cousins told me how he was doing and where he was. Knowing Tom was one of the people responsible for my safety and freedom was a great feeling for me, having know him growing up I was very proud of the work he was doing for our country and prayed for him and the others serving for us on a daily basis . There is not a day that goes by that I do not pass where Tom is laid to rest and I look over there and think what a sacrifice he made for me and what a sacrifice his family has made and I want the family to know that I thank God everyday for solders like Col.Tom Felts. He is a true HERO. You are in my prayers always and I look forward to the day when I leave this earth and meet Tom again to say thank you for your leadership.
Barry Martin
BARRY MARTIN
October 10, 2007
Not a day goes by that I do not remember that night in November when our truck was hit. It has been tough on me everyday since. I look back at the times we spent together at Fort Hood all thru the deployment. I am proud to have been your driver and most of all proud to have served with you. I miss you COL Felts. You will always remain in my thoughts and my prayers.
SFC Larry Cabral
September 21, 2007
kim, sara beth, leanna, bekah, tj...mrs. felts, billy, missy,

there is still not one day that goes by that i do not think of you and think of tommy. there is not a time where i see a man or woman in uniform that it does not bring tears to my eyes [just a bit...i know, be strong in public ;o)]... when i taught summer school and substituted at the schools these past months, saying the pledge of allegiance or hearing the star spangled banner at baseball games this summer has changed for me, i actually hear the words, they mean something, they are not longer routine. i've never been so proud! i'm proud of tommy, the more i hear and learn of his service for his country and his soldiers and family, the more of a hero he becomes. i'm proud of you all too! i love you dearly! BOOSHI!
Kelly Waldrop
August 15, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 14, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Col Felts and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
August 3, 2007
COL Felts, You believed in me when no one else would. May You Rest in Peace. Thank You.
V/R
V\CW2 Eric M. Dokter
Eric Dokter
July 28, 2007
I dont know if anyone from the felts family is still reading this but i just wanted to say again 7 months later that I am still very sorry about your loss. I went to school with Bekah for 7th and 8th grade. I still rember the day us patton kids found out about his passing. we were all very upset about it. Even though I olny met mr.felts once when me and bekah were partners in Tech lab and even then for a few minutes i saw how much of a great man he was. From my own personal losses i know it doesnt get any easier. keep your head up and rember tom will awalys be a hero. rest in peace mr.felts, rest in peace.
Kayla Combs
June 27, 2007
Dear Kim, My wife Julie and I were in your Sunday School Class at Leavenworth Baptist. We really enjoyed the class and Tom was a great teacher while being a great example. I ran into him a couple of times over the years since his CGSC and SAMS days. One of my fondest memories was of a cold Soccer Game that our oldest son was playing in and I came over to your quarters (at Leavenworth) and asked to borrow a jacket for Julie. Of course, Tom lent me a jacket and offered blankets, warm drinks, and any thing else he could think of. I also remember your plaque Joshua 24:15 "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord". You all showed this everyday. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and apologize that we just now found out about Tom's final victory.

LTC Rob and Julie Wilson
Rob and Julie Wilson
June 20, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Christopher Maples
June 4, 2007
Dearest Kim,

My family's most heartfelt condolences on your great loss.

Todd just found out Tom's obituary and forwarded it to me. We knew each other at Fort Hood, where sometimes you watched over my Ashley who was Rebecca's age, after school, until I came back from work. She still treasures the First Communion book mark you gave her on our family's celebration of her completion of this sacrament.

Now I pray for the Lord's grace to be upon you and your family, and that through His Mercy you find solace and comfort, knowing Tom is with our Lord, and is now watching personally over all of you.

I remember how much I loved to see your smiley face and how joyful your home always was. Please take care and know I am always your friend. I will add Tom, and all your family to my private prayers. You can contact me if you wish.

A great big hug, Carmen, Todd, Ashley(13) and Annalise (4 1/2)Brick
Carmen Brick
May 23, 2007
Dear Felts Family I am So sorry my mom always told me god has a perpose in life god is with me all time and so is Mr.Felts I am really sorry I will keep you in my prayer
Brianna Johnson
April 26, 2007
I just got back from Iraq. Tom and I were at a meeting together that fateful night. I had gotten to know him over the past few months and we became fast friends. Our areas overlapped and we had a few joint meetings with sheihks, police, and military all present. Some good stories. I miss him.
Doug Heckman
April 19, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON FOR YOUR CHILDREN. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI

A PROUD MARINE MOM
Robyn Garside
April 4, 2007
I never knew Tom Felts personally. I have heard what an outstanding man he was through many others. I do have the pleasure of knowing his widow and have personally seen what a tremendous Christian witness she is. I'm sorry I never knew Tom but am priviledged to know Kim. What a great representative of her husband she is. My heart goes out to the entire family and my sincere thanks goes to Tom for his service and sacrifice for us. God bless them all.
Ed Kennedy
March 11, 2007
“Soldier”
Written to Honor the Service of Our Fallen Soldiers

Soldiers write history, we pay the price
Many miles distant, you live the life
Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still

We hope and pray that all will find peace
In God, in the flag, in memories of valor
Gone now, our pride and courage you see
“An Army of One” our motto forever

Willing to risk all for love of our Brothers
We’re still Your Soldiers…and we showed the way
Our Lives too short, now pray for the others
Lived free died Heroes in lands far away

Deep within souls all cherished our Service
We’ll always have what some never know
Courage and Honor, our names forever
Lived life with purpose…just our time to go

We march in the Heavens with Honor and Glory
Missions accomplished we fought the Good Fight
Many years from now…we’ll tell the full story
Until that Day we will live in the Light

Our lives we laid down in a land far away
Still watching o’er you this night and by day
No need to talk…just know we are with you
There in your hearts and we hear what you pray

Yes we are your soldiers
Our lives we laid down
Still We guard o’er you
Still Duty bound

Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still
We’ll always have what some never know
Lived life with purpose…it was our time to go
Glen
January 30, 2007
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss, prayers that the Lord provide you comfort and peace, and our gratitude for the work, and sacrifice, of your Soldier, a true American hero. God Bless.
Lee Sirotnak
January 26, 2007
Bob & I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know how much Tommy meant to you all. He was a very special man. We thank him & the family for his courage & service. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Sheila Rockey
January 20, 2007
I'd like to personally thank the family of COL Felts for their strength and you, Sir, for your guidance and mentoring on this difficult battlefield. Your sacrifice is great, and difficult for all of those whose lives you touched to bear. We shall never forget you, your dedication to this mission, your excellent sense of humor and friendly laughter. I was the driver of the vehicle behind COL Felts' vehicle that night and am the team's Logistics Advisor. We just held a memorial for him here, in Iraq, and miss him dearly. COL Felts mentored us professionally and personally, treating us like his own family since day one, when we started training at Fort Hood back in January. We miss you, Sir, but know that to truly honor you we must redouble our efforts to complete this mission in your vision, 'Git-R-Done', and ensure the safe return home of the rest of the team you so diligently built and sustained.
Lee Brinker
January 7, 2007
I remember serving with Tom at Fort Huachuca and CGSC. He always had a smile on his face. Jerry Thompson, Mike Hendricks, Jack McCracken, Tom and I sat through many a staff call together. Tom was always upbeat and fun to be around. He will be missed.
Teresa Whitehead
December 21, 2006
I have a memory of Tom, sitting on the platform at First Baptist Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona, wearing sunglasses and singing a secular rock 'n roll song. We were trying out a "seeker friendly" Saturday night service, and the message, by Dr. James Dixon, was on Hosea. There was also a monologue by youth director Sharon Ward. It was a gutsy thing to do in a relatively conservative Baptist Church in the mid-nineties. But Tom did it with style. I remember him being both down to earth and polished in his lifestyle, equally at home with the mundane and the elegant. Kim, I pray that you and the kids will recognize the good things God uses to fill the holes Tom has left in your lives, and feel His arms of love comforting you when you cannot see in the dark places.
Bobbi Gilchrist
December 16, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Felts family in the loss of Thomas. I did not know Thomas, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Thomas you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
December 15, 2006
To the Felts Family

My deepest symapthies to you and your family. I'm so sad to hear about your loss. Hold on to your faith and may God keep you strong.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Love

Kellie McKay
grandaughter of
Edith Lucille (Felts) Parham
Kellie McKay
December 15, 2006
December 15 2006

To the Felts Family
I just heard of your loss, I'm very sorry and heart-broken. I went to Varina with Tommy, and remember him well. My family moved in our Senior year. But I have very special memories of those years. You are in my prayers. My God look over your family.

Leslie Hagy Gillespie (Saltville, VA)
Leslie Gillespie
December 15, 2006
I knew Tommy when I was just a little girl in Fort Campbell, Ky. Although I haven't thought of them in twenty years, when my dad told me of his death I was devestated because he and Kim were such a happy part of my childhood. I used to talk Kim's ear off almost every day until Tommy would come home. I am sure his kids lost a wonderful father and I know Kim lost a wonderful husband. I was proud to have known both of them. I will miss him and will always pray for Kim and his family.
Allison Hetrick
December 14, 2006
Thank you for all you did serving this country. My deepest sympathy to your family.
Matthew Wood
December 14, 2006
I would like to send my condolences to the family of COL Felts. He was my BN Commander at Ft. Bragg and was truly the finest Commander I have ever served with. COL Felts took care of his soldiers like they were his own children. COL Felts was there for me in my and my family’s time of need and for that we will never forget. He is in a better place now, but the world has lost one of its finest individuals to ever live.
Kevin Turner
December 11, 2006
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