Richard Tomlin


 TOMLIN, Richard Keith, age 56, of Manchester, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at his residence. Mr. Tomlin was born in Fayetteville, to his parents, Jack McKinley Tomlin and Annie Lou Frame Tomlin. He was a full time Army National Guardsman, ranking as Sergeant First Class, where he served in Iraq for one year. Mr. Tomlin worked at Bridgestone for 28 years before retiring from there. He loved playing golf with his two sons, watching The Andy Griffith Show, chicken farming and loved doing yardwork trying to make his lawn look the best. In earlier years, Mr. Tomlin volunteered his time as a coach to ball leagues which included coaching his two sons. He had a huge heart, was a humble person, and loved his family dearly. Mr. Tomlin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard and Louise Tomlin and Rufus and Mary Jane Frame. In addition to his parents, Mr. Tomlin is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rebecca Tomlin; two sons, Benjamin Tomlin and Matt (Olivia) Tomlin; two brothers, Darrell Tomlin and John (Melissa) Tomlin; half-brothers, Randy and Doug Neely; sisters, Jackie (Bill) Nelms and Melody Brown; grandchildren, Ibi Ezell and Ella Grace Tomlin; and several nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, from 4-8 p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Central Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.