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Eugene Bertram Tomlinson, Jr. - Southport

Eugene Bertram Tomlinson, Jr. - SouthportEugene B. Tomlinson, Jr., of Southport, NC passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family and caregivers. Born October 19th, 1924, in Fayetteville, NC, he graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1941. Mr. Tomlinson attended Wake Forest College for 1 year before being appointed to the US Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1947 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Gene has always loved the NC coast and he moved to Long Beach in 1952. When Sunny Point Army Terminal opened in 1954, he began a 27 year career for the Army Corp of Engineers and moved with his family to Southport. After retirement from Sunny Point, Gene worked at CP&Lís Brunswick Nuclear Station for 5 years. From 1964 to 2000, he co-owned Harbor View Antiques with his wife Leigh Wallace Tomlinson, who passed away in 2006.

Believing strongly in public service and giving back to his community, he served as Mayor of Southport for 20 years between 1957 and 1983. Gene was very supportive of Dosher Memorial Hospital and led its efforts to remain a township-owned facility. He served more than 30 years on the Dosher Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees as a member and as its chairman. Gene also served on the Wilmington College Board of Trustees from 1958 to 1969 when it became the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Preservation of the coastal areas of North Carolina was of special importance to Gene and in 1977, he was appointed to the NC Coastal Resources Commission. He served as Chairman of the CRC from 1993 until his resignation in 2005. He was the CRCís longest serving member. In recognition of his public service Gene was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina.

Gene was an AKC registered dog show judge and he and his wife raised champion Bassett Hounds. From childhood, he loved the circus and was a lifelong member of the Circus Fans of America Association.

Geneís faith was the core of his life; he served as a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent for Southport Baptist Church and helped to found their mission on Oak Island which is now the First Baptist Church of Oak Island.

Gene was a very loving father and is survived by his children and their families: Sallie and her husband, Wrightson Jackson of Anderson, SC; Eugene III and his wife Shelley of Paraparaumu, New Zealand; Mary of Southport, NC; Watson and his wife Anne of Mt. Holly, NC, and David of Tybee Island, GA. He has 11 grandchildren: Wrightson Jackson IV, Hannah, Kaely, Eugene IV, Grace, Elizabeth, Ray, Camie, Alexis, and Justin Tomlinson, and Ashleigh Edwards. He has 2 great grandsons; Waike Jackson and Kade Edwards.

The family would like to express its appreciation to Renee Creech, LPN and Care Manager for three years and to Pat Lunsford, In-home-aid, of Coastal Companion Care who attended to Geneís needs for the past six years.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday evening from 7 to 9 pm at Southport Baptist Churchís CMC Building. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00pm in the churchís main sanctuary, preceded by a short visitation at 1:00pm in the CMC Building. A private burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Crossnore School, 100 DAR Dr., Crossnore, NC 28616 or to the Loaves and Fishes Program, 200 N. Howe St., Southport Baptist Church, Southport, NC 28461.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport


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