In Memory

Tommy Shiflett

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05/15/10 04:36 AM #1    

Wilson Valentine

Stephen Thomas "Tommy" Shiflett died on October 24, 2002 at the age of 49 and is buried in Powhatan Community Cemetery. Here is a photo of his grave stone (courtesy of Powhatan Community Cemetery).

Thanks to Malcome Howard  (TJHS class of '71), who contacted me via email, here is Tommy's Obit:

Stephen Thomas "Tommy" Shiflett, 49, died suddenly Thursday, October 24, 2002, in Los Angeles, California. Tommy grew up in Richmond and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School where he excelled in football, track, and basketball. Receiving a full football scholarship to the University of Richmond, he was a three year starter at offensive guard, helping to lead the team to an AP top twenty ranking and to the Tangerine Bowl in 1973. Tommy graduated with a BA in History in 1974. Pursuing his love of sports and working with young people, Tommy embarked on a teaching and coaching career at Buckingham County High School and later went on to work with students at Lee Davis High School and Thomas Jefferson High School. After leaving teaching, Tommy worked in various capacities with schools in this area until his move to California. There he entered the construction trade, later going on to become president of PAG Construction, Inc. with his beloved friend and partner, Alan Hoffman. There he also met and
married Diana Randall and started his family. Tommy never abandoned his love of sports, running marathons and guiding his own children and many others as a coach and mentor in swimming, soccer, football, and basketball. A modest man, who talked little of his own accomplishments, he was State and Junior Olympic backstroke record holder in 1965, All Capitol District fullback line
backer at Thomas Jefferson, and Honorable Mention All Southern Conference in football at University of Richmond. Above all Tommy and his wife, Diana, were devoted to their beloved children and extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, local architect W. Charles Shiflett. He is survived by his mother, Jayne T. Shiflett of Powhatan; his wife, Diana; and
daughters, Nicole, Brett, and Kylie; son, Dylan, all of California; brothers, Charlie Shiflett and wife, Gwen, Rolfe Shiflett and wife, Julie, all of Powhatan, Ronald Shiflett and wife, Marya of Newport Beach, California; sisters, Grace Myers, Frances Seaton and husband, Chris of Richmond, and Becky Shiflett of Boone, North Carolina; former wife, Deborah Johnston of Richmond; four nephews and eight nieces. Tommy's family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment following the service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from October 26 to October 30, 2002

Tommy, as noted above,  was married to Diana Gail Randall who has also died.  Her Obituary from the Los Angeles Times follows:

The Los Angeles Times, CA, Jul. 10, 2009
Diana Randall Shiflett passed away July 6th, 2009, in Virginia Beach, VA. Born in New Zealand, Diana moved to California where she graduated from Santa Monica HS in 1976 and later met her husband, the late Stephen Thomas Shiflett, of Richmond, VA, with whom she raised four beloved children. Diana acquired her art degree from CSU Northridge in 1994. Diana moved to Virginia in 2005 and taught at Birdneck ES. Diana is predeceased by her sister Caroline Randall, of New Zealand. She is survived by her father Michael Randall, of New Zealand; mother Maureen Randall, of Iowa; daughter Nicole of San Francisco, CA; daughters Brett and Kylie and son Dylan, all of Virginia Beach, VA; sister Catherine Randall, of Tampa, FL; two nephews and four nieces. Diana's family will receive friends Sunday from 5-9 pm at the 67th Street Beach Club in Virginia Beach, VA.

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