Floyd “Tommy” Oliphant

February 24, 1939 - August 27, 2012
Floyd “Tommy” Oliphant

Floyd “Tommy” Oliphant 73, of Wilmington passed away Monday, August 27, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Tommy was born in New Hanover County February 24, 1939 to the late Lenwood W. and Alice Gray Oliphant, and was a lifetime resident of Wilmington. He worked as a young man at Greer’s Exxon. Later, he worked at Whitey’s Restaurant and the El Berta Motor Inn from 1984 until he retired in 2012. Tommy was a loyal employee who took pride in his work. He was steadfast in caring for his friend and landlord, Eddie Gilbert, for 28 years. He was a long time member of the Wilmington Power Club. His friends will fondly remember Tommy riding his bike, on Market Street and in the surrounding area, on a regular basis. He will be missed by his family of friends.

He will be buried beside his mother at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Shallotte, NC, at 11:00 AM Thursday. A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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  • September 03, 2012
    Angie Aurgemma says:
    Our family Shared Christmas...Birthdays and Holiday with Tommy.....He was a long time friend and a part of our family...We love you Tommy (RIP)..Our dear friend.You will be missed....Aurgemma Family...Owens Family and Skipper Family

  • August 29, 2012
    Lisa Poteat says:
    Tommy lived an amazing life, and was especially proud of his independence and freedom. He was a friendly member of our community and loved being with people who loved him. Tommy had a very generous spirit and would go out of his way to help another person. His loyalty to Whitey ran deep, and the family made Tommy one of their own. He was a strong man, with lots of energy and a soft, but contagious giggle that was irresistible. We will miss Tommy, but we know his spirit will be with us. - Lisa, Sally and Cooper

  • August 29, 2012
    MeLani says:
    I'll truly miss you Tommy O. You brightened our days and always made us laugh. You help remind us of what's really important in life... the relationships we have with people, giving of ourselves and being thankful for all of God's gifts. You're an angel Tommy and I'll forever remember you. Your pal, MeLani ("Ronni"):)

  • August 29, 2012
    Amy Devore says:
    I will miss Tommy very much. I worked with him and he always loved doing his job. He was a very special person.