Tommy Reid Wessells

July 12, 1940 - October 4, 2010
Tommy Reid Wessells

Tommy (Tom) Reid Wessells, dearly loved husband and daddy, lost his battle with Lewy Body Disease on Monday, October 4, 2010 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter in Wilmington, North Carolina.

He was born in Salisbury, Maryland to Garland Clinton Wessells and Eva Reid Wessells. While being raised in Pocomoke City, Maryland, he loved playing baseball and spending time with family and friends. Later, he attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts. He received two Master’s Degrees, one of Liberal Arts at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and another in Education at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. He enjoyed teaching social studies for 33 years in Baltimore County schools. He was particularly interested in history, the United States government, and psychology. During this time, he touched the lives of many students and inspired them to be great.

After retiring from Baltimore County, he moved with his wife Sandy and daughter Leighann to Wilmington, North Carolina, to be closer to Sandy’s family. He became the director of the I.S.S program at Roland-Grise Middle School. He worked in the New Hanover County School system until 2003, when he retired. He was a member of Winter Park Baptist Church and enjoyed ushering at church services and attending the small group discussions. He loved working in the yard, gardening and spending time in the sun. He was always an avid reader, stamp collector and sports fan, but more than anything he loved spending time with his Sandy and Leighann.

He is survived by his wife, of 19 years, Sandy Herring; and their 17-year-old daughter, Leighann Wessells; as well as his mother-in-law, Charlotte Herring.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M., on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Winter Park Baptist Church, 4700 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403. There will be a visitation directly following the service.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Disease Association at

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  • October 07, 2010
    The Hartlaub's says:
    Sandy and Leighann, we were sadden to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • October 08, 2010
    Kim Abernathy says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. With just experiencing, the loss of my daddy in the last 7 months, I know the saddness you are experiencing, but the joy knowing your husband is without pain and suffering and with the Lord. Lean upon the Lord and your church family, because they will hold you up.

  • October 08, 2010
    Traci and Neal Johnson says:
    Sandy and Leighann; we received the sad news last night from my Grandparents (Norwood and Edna McKoy) who attend church at Winter Park with you. I am very sorry to hear this. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Traci and Neal Johnson

  • October 08, 2010
    DannaHerring Larsen says:
    I'm very sorry for your loss. You were loved by him very much. Keep the memories you had together close and try not to think about your loss. If there is anything I could do for you just call. xoxo

  • October 05, 2010
    Rana Kane says:
    Sandy and Leighann, Thouhts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time.