William Wayne Tomkins

November 22, 1925 - February 26, 2011
William Wayne Tomkins

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William Wayne Tomkins, 85, of Hendersonville, passed away Saturday, February 26, 2011.

Wayne was born in Sheatown, PA in November 1925 to Dorothy Jones Tomkins and William Henry Tomkins. After the tragic loss of his mother when he was 6, he was raised by his father and paternal grandparents.

Eager to serve his country during WW II, he requested permission for early enlistment in the Navy, and, in fact, received his high school diploma while onboard ship off the coast of Key West, FL.

After attending the Wharton School of Business, Wayne enjoyed careers in accounting, banking, finance, construction and real estate. The idea of retirement never appealed to him, and he enjoyed staying active as long as his health permitted.

After having lived in the San Francisco, San Jose and Monterey Bay areas of CA for over 30 years, Wayne felt he found his true home upon moving to Hendersonville in 1977.

His beloved wife of 46 years, Thelma B. Tomkins, passed away in 2001. His uncle, Richard A. Tomkins, 96, of PA passed away in 2010. He is survived by his daughter Dorothy Tomkins of Hendersonville, and cousins Virginia Tucker of NY and Paul Hontz of CA.

No service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805, or to the National Kidney Foundation, North Carolina Region, 4819 Park Road, Suite C, Charlotte, NC 28209-3842.

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  • March 03, 2011
    Kelly Minesinger says:
    Dorothy, I am so sorry for your loss. Hope healing and comfort come soon. Love and prayers for you.

  • March 03, 2011
    Barbara and Kathy says:
    Dear Dorothy, We extend our deepest sympathy. Your Dad was a great man and was a tremendous help to us when we moved down here. We know you will miss him terribly. Call us when you feel up to it. Sincerely, Barbara & Kathy

  • March 03, 2011
    Mary Lou Herlihy says:
    Dear Dorothy, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wayne was a fine man and I have good memories of talking with him and your lovely dinner for me and my friend. Be at peace, my friend. Love, Mary Lou Herlihy

  • March 03, 2011
    Peg Lipsio says:
    Dear Dorothy, We are thinking of you these days. We have such nice memories of Wayne. Peace, Peg and Rebecca

  • March 04, 2011
    Eileen Harper says:
    Even though I never met you I felt as though I knew you through Dorothy. I do regret the fact that I never did get to have that lunch. Rest in peace.