Thomas Earl Chadwick

December 18, 1946 - February 28, 2023
Thomas Earl Chadwick

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Thomas (Tomcat) Earl Chadwick of Leland NC, passed to his final resting place on February 28, 2023, surrounded by wife Deborah, son Thomas William Chadwick, and other loved ones after battling pneumonia.

Born December, 1946, at James Walker Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Tom grew up in Jacksonville NC, and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1965.

In 1966, Tom enlisted in the United States Army, completed basic training at Fort Bragg, and received Crypto Technology Training at Ft. Gordon, GA. Then he was transferred to Phu Lam, Vietnam in June of 1967 where he served as a dedicated Communications Marksman Center Specialist. Tom served his country honorably as an US Army marksmanreceiving the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. After his tour of duty was over, Tom returned to Fort Lee VA, and functioned as an instructor at Fort Lee Technical Training School until his US Army service was completed in 1969.

During his life, Tom was employed by the Brunswick County Sheriff Department and Carolina Power & Light at Sutton Steam Plant as a First Class Millwright. He was also a member of Wilmington Masonic Lodge #319 A.F. &  A.M. In his free time, Tom loved woodworking, rebuilding classic cars, gardening, and spending time with grandkids.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Joshua C Chadwick, Jr. and Edith Sellers Chadwick, sister Mary Chadwick Latta, and son Joshua Paul Chadwick. He is survived by his wife Deborah McGuire Chadwick, son Thomas William Chadwick (Mesha), grandson Thomas Levi, granddaughters Caroline, Christen, Alexandria, and Elizabeth; brother Joshua C. Chadwick, III (Linda), and many nieces and nephews who will all cherish his memory forever.

The family is sincerely grateful for the excellent care given at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington.

Funeral services are planned for 11 am Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Cape Fear Memorial  Park in Southport, NC.

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  • June 02, 2023
    david martin says:
    I’m very sorry to learn about Tommy. Tommy and Debbie took me in to their home in Austin when I a student and out of a place to live. I am forever grateful for their generosity and friendship. Rest in Peace Tom! I send my sincere condolences to Debbie and family. David Martin

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  • March 25, 2023
    Heather says:
    My condolences go out to the family during this difficult time. My dad was brought into hospice the day your dad passed away. Prayers continue for the family. Its not easy. Mesha and Tom, the gore family will pray for y’all