Rev. Thomas Milton Mishoe Sr.: Richmond, Va.

     Rev. Thomas Milton Mishoe Sr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Lakewood Manor in Richmond, Va. following declining health. He was 91.
     Born in 1921 in Loris, Rev. Mishoe was the son of Wiley Levi Mishoe and Grace Stevens Mishoe.
     Rev. Mishoe graduated from Campbell College, Wake Forest University and Southeast Baptist Theological Seminary and engaged in a lifetime of the Lord’s work, serving in ministry for several Southern Baptist churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia including Gethsemane Baptist Church in Waccamaw, Tilley Swamp Baptist Church in Nixonville, Baptist Grove Baptist Church near Raleigh, Suck Springs Baptist Church in Bedford, Va., Great Fork Baptist Church near Suffolk, Va. and Jedburg Baptist Church near Charleston.
     Rev. Mishoe also taught Bible studies at Deerpark Baptist Church near Charleston and served as Chaplain to the inmates at the City of Charleston’s jail. Rev. Mishoe spent the last several years of his life in Richmond, Va., near his family, living at Lakewood Manor, an assisted living ministry of the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation and ministering to family, friends and staff.
     Rev. Mishoe will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and committed servant of the Lord.
     Rev. Mishoe enlisted in the US Navy in 1940 and served throughout World War II on a number of ships, including the carrier USS Ranger, and at various naval stations including Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia, Pa., Mobile, Ala., New London, Conn., Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Mare Island, Cal.. Following World War II, Rev. Mishoe joined the US Navy Reserve and subsequently served during the Korean War on the USS Barton, a destroyer based out of Norfolk, Va.
     Rev. Mishoe exhibited strong interest, passion and abilities in a number of areas throughout his life, including education and self-improvement, politics and world affairs, fishing, young people, automobile and home maintenance, gardening and, yes, professional wrestling. In terms of education, Rev. Mishoe “walked the walk”. Not only was he the first to graduate college from his family, he put himself through college and seminary and also put Coreina through college and graduate school.
     Rev. Mishoe was always interested in politics and voted in every election in which he was eligible to vote. He loved to fish and, even more, loved to eat fish and other seafood, particularly oysters. Rev. Mishoe loved to engage with young people and always left an extra-large tip for young restaurant wait staff attending college. He enjoyed working on his automobiles and homes; he truly was a first class handyman. Rev. Mishoe enjoyed gardening and grew and ate many vegetables and fruits, including his favorites, butterbeans, okra and strawberries. And, yes, Thomas enjoyed watching professional wrestling and, much to the chagrin of Coreina, was known to occasionally attend live wrestling events with his two sons, who loved the action and excitement.
     Survivors include his son, Thomas M. Mishoe, Jr., and his wife, Dana Jones Mishoe; two loving granddaughters, Kathryn Mishoe Parkes, and MacKinsey Grace Mishoe;  three brothers, Osteen Mishoe, John Mishoe and Tony Mishoe and one sister, Marjorie Schmolke.  Rev. Mishoe was also blessed with many other family members and lifelong friends.
     In addition to his parents, Rev. Mishoe was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Coreina Cartrette Mishoe , two children, Priscilla Mishoe and Marcyl Jay Mishoe, one brother, Paul Mishoe and one sister, Kathleen Hardee.
     Funeral services were planned for 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Hardwick Funeral Home in Loris, with Rev. Norman Burnes officiating. Committal services were to follow at Twin City Memorial Gardens.
     Visitation was to precede the funeral service, starting at 1 p.m.
     In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to diabetes research at the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or online at www.diabetes.org.
     Sign the online guestbook at hardwickfuneralhome.com.

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