Thomas E. Vernon (Lt.Col. USMC Retired) passed away in the presence of his family on Saturday September 20, 2014. He was in the good care of the staff at Tidelands Hospice in Georgetown for which the family is very grateful.

Tom Vernon was a great man, true to his principles to the end. He loved his country, church and family. He was born and reared in Nebraska until he joined the Navy. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and served as a Marine Corps aviator through three wars, serving with honor, distinction and valor. After retirement from the Marine Corps, he pursued and was awarded a doctorate in education from Duke University. His second career as an educator allowed his gifts as a teacher and communicator to shine through. He was a master teacher, admired by generations of students and colleagues.

He was married to the love of his life, Simone (Mimi), for 64 years. He was devoted to Mimi. He lived his life to provide for her and protect her and their three sons, Eric (wife Kim), Paul (wife Christine) and Jeffery. Tom always put the needs of his family ahead of himself. He was a man of faith. He was inspired by the word of God and the hymns sung in praise of God. He admired a good sermon and gave a good one himself when called up to lead the service.

He and his family travelled the world together during his Marine Corps career. He credited Mimi with keeping the family together. Upon retirement to Myrtle Beach he enjoyed the beach life and time with Mimi, his sons and the grandchildren, Whitney, Chelsea, Stacey and Kelly. He will be missed by his wife, sons, daughters in law, grandchildren and great grandchild Finley. Semper Fidelis.

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