Thomas Joseph Moody, Sr., age 69, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Thomas, also lovingly known as Tom and Tommy, was born on August 31, 1950 in Washington, DC, son of the late Robert Lee, Sr. and Mary Virginia (Thornberg) Moody.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Deborah Moody, 5 children, Holly (Chris) Hollister, Thomas Moody, Jr., Leigha (Larry) McGuin, Charles (Michelle) Moody, and Michael (Ashley) Moody, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Tommy enlisted in the Army in 1968 and completed his basic and paratrooper training before being stationed in Fort Bragg, NC as a soldier of the 82nd Airborne Division. Tommy proudly served in the Vietnam War from April 1969 to April 1970 as a field wireman, lineman, and paratrooper. Tommy was highly decorated with the following Service Medals: Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Republicans of Vietnam Campaign, Combat Service Commemorative, Republic of Vietnam Defense Commemorative, Cold War Victory Commemorative, Overseas Service Commemorative. He was also presented with the Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
Once honorably discharged from the Army in 1974, Tom began working as a salesman for Firestone, then Merchants where he became a sales manager until he retired.
Tom was heavily involved in the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), American Legion, and the Camaro Club. He had a great love for fast cars and Harley Davidsons. Tom would frequently be seen at his children and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities, supporting his family. Tom held strong family ties with his cousins, nieces, and nephews. Tom was known for his love of telling jokes and making people laugh.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 7pm-9pm at Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A., 313 Talbott Ave., Laurel, MD 20707. At 8:45 a short prayer will be held. A full military Honors service will be held at a later date, at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD.
Donations may be sent to Vietnam Veterans of America, Agent Orange Survivors at www.vva.org.