Thomas Calvin Whidbee Sr. was born on July 23, 1929, to the late Jerry and Edna Whidbee Sr. in Perquimans County, North Carolina; he was the youngest of four children. After the untimely demise of his mother, his father married Lutie Cross, now deceased. Together, they raised the children to be productive citizens in society.
Thomas was educated in the Perquimans County School System. Upon leaving school, he learned the importance of hard work as he labored diligently on farms and in local fields. Through the process of time, he relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, concluding his employment history as a Longshoreman Foreman at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
He was raised in a Christian home and attended the Poole’s Grove Baptist Church in Hertford, North Carolina. Later in life, he accepted salvation through his faith in Jesus Christ.
In 1968, he married the former Mary Lee Freeman. With a heart full of love, he was totally committed to loving her, while passionately loving and embracing his new family. As life was endearing to them, they were blessed with the birth of two sons, adding to their wonderful family. family was his heart. Whatever they needed or wanted, Thomas made it happen. His selfless devotion to his family continued throughout the years, serving in whatever capacity needed. From getting up early to staying up late, he sacrificed this time and resources to ensure needs were met.
His love, compassion, and acts of kindness extended beyond his family. Thomas enjoyed the fellowship of his buddies and former co-workers. Putting on one of his “beloved” Kangol caps, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, he faithfully visited them to share jokes and old stories.
An avid football fan, he had a special love/hate relationship with his beloved Redskins. He would talk to his sons every week, discussing highs and lows of the games.
Preceding him in death were his dearly loved wife, Mary Lee; brothers, Jerry Whidbee Jr. and Linwood Rudolph Whidbee; sister, Jesse Mae Whidbee Walton; stepsister, Laurabell Walker; and stepson Troy Whitehead.
Thomas leaves to cherish his memories: his sons, Thomas Calvin Whidbee Jr. (Rita) of Conyers, Georgia, Tremain Monroe Whidbee (Courtney) of Carson, California; step daughter, Tijuana Whitehead (Kenny) of Norfolk, Virginia; three sisters-in-law, Louise Whidbee of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Barbara Freeman and Brenda Freeman both of Norfolk, VA; one brother-in-law George Freeman; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a special niece, Valerie Whidbee Morris; a loving caretaker and family friend Bernetha (Bunny) Hairston; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.