Thomas S. Heath

November 16, 1937 – July 15, 2018

Thomas Samuel Heath, age 80, died peacefully at home on Sunday. He enjoyed teaching driver’s education in Wayne County as long as his health permitted. Tom was a passionate gardener and treasured his dogs and cats. He was born in Lenoir County, NC to the late Louis H., Jr. and Mary Small Heath. Tom was a college baseball player at UNC-Pembroke and coached baseball, track and basketball during his career with the Fauquier County School System, Virginia. Tom attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

A funeral service will be held Thursday at 3:00pm at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home with the Rev. Dave Fishman officiating. Burial will be at Kenly Cemetery following the funeral service. The family will be receiving friends from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and at other times in the home.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Susan Heath; two step-sons, Lt. Col Donnie R. Yates and wife, Julie of Toano, VA and Jason M. Horne of Charleston, SC; one step-daughter, Leah M. Fulkerson of Durham, NC; one brother, Ronald Heath and wife, Carol of Tarboro, NC; and four step-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cures for the Colors; St. Stephens Episcopal Church; or to the T.B. & Eva Brayboy Baseball Scholarship, UNCP Advancement Office.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Heath family and online condolences may be sent to

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