Henry Thomas Heitman IV (“Tom”, “Tommy”) of Wilmington, NC lost his battle against COVID-19 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the age of 53.
Tom was a dedicated father, husband, brother, son, and friend who gave so much to so many. He was known for his determination and perseverance, his kindness and generosity, and most importantly his love for his family near and far.
Tom was born in St Louis Missouri to his mother Judy and father Henry Thomas Heitman III on Sept 7, 1968. He was blessed to be raised and loved by two families as a child. He was raised by Judy Ross Wittstein and Dr. Peter Bryan Wittstein in Connecticut, Virginia, and North Carolina and also by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Heitman in Missouri. Tom was deeply loved by all his siblings.
Tom was very active in sports as a child and enjoyed baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and wrestling. He attended Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC and graduated in 1987. He lettered in both football and wrestling.
He went on to study Business Administration at UNCW. It was there that he met the love of his life Peyton Allen Heitman. Peyton and Tom were married Aug. 14, 1993. They welcomed three children to complete their family: Madison in 1999, Henry Ross in 2003, and Emma in 2006. Tom’s pride and joy were his wife and children, and second to them was Wilmington Commercial. Tom established Wilmington Commercial Real Estate and took great pride in helping all members of the Wilmington community achieve their dreams of home and property ownership. He also enjoyed coaching and volunteering in his community.
Tom is predeceased by his father Henry Thomas Heitman III and Mrs. Pat Heitman as well as his father-in-law Graham Allen. He is survived by his wife Peyton Allen Heitman, their three children Madison, Henry, and Emma, his mother Judy Ross Wittstein, his siblings Jocelyn Wittstein (Tally Lassiter), Carly Foster (Josh), Tommy Heitman (Amy), Chris Heitman, Dana Deeken (Kirk), and Greta Irwin (Jim), his sisters-in-law Gena Casey (Larry), Brooks Buskirk (Jim), his brother-in law Josh Allen, his mother-in law Judy Allen, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces.
A memorial service will be held at Port City Community Church (250 Vision Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403) on Saturday Sept. 25, 2021 at 4 pm. The family requests that those in attendance wear masks.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Tom’s passions, the Hoggard High School Wrestling program. In honor of Tom, donations can be made at www.tmcfunding.com.
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