Mrs. Willie Burge Tomlinson - UPDATED ARRANGEMENT TIME

08/11/1918 - 12/29/2021


Mrs. Willie Thomas (ne Burge) (Willie T.) Tomlinson, a retired teacher from the Fairfax County School System, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Wednesday, 29 December 2021. She left this world a better place at 103 years of age. Born August 11, 1918 in Brunswick County, Va. She attended Lawrenceville High School and Farmville State Teachers College (Longwood University). Her career was devoted to the education of young children. She began her 50 year teaching journey in 1938 at the Crossroads School, a one room school, located in Brunswick County. She transferred to a private school, then joined the Fairfax County system in 1969. She retired in 1988. Willie T. was a life member of the National Education Association, the Virginia Education Association, and the Fairfax Education Association. She was a charter member of Graham Road Methodist Church in Falls Church, VA. and a lifetime member of The Order of the Eastern Star. Willie T. is survived by her son M. T. Tomlinson, Jr. (Tom) (Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired) and wife Pamela; grandchildren: Kristine Toth (Joe) ; Heidi Hulst (Dan); great-grandchildren; Joseph Toth (Pheni), Amanda Talarick (Dylan), Nadia Toth, Drake Hulst and great-great grandchild Ainsley Talarick (18 months); Katherine P. Burge, sister-in-law; niece Carolyn Finch (Ronnie); nephew; and Randolph Burge (Diane). She was predeceased by her husband Meredith Thomas Tomlinson, Sr.; grandson Meredith T. Tomlinson, III; brother Edward Burge and parents Maude Samford and John Burge. A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 12:30 P.M. in Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home, 1504 N. Mecklenburg Ave., South Hill, VA 23970 with Order of the Eastern Star honors followed with burial in Crestview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a donation of school supplies in her name to an elementary school near your home is preferred. To ensure the health and well-being of attendees, Covid protocols followed with masks required for attendees at the service. Online condolences may be sent through

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  1. Former members of Graham Road UMC

    Dear Family,

    Nancy and I were deeply saddened to learn of Willie’s death by reading the beautiful tribute in the Washington Post. We remember Willie and Meredith fondly from Graham Road days. Willie was always beautifully turned out with a bright smile and a kind word for everyone. Some years ago we visited their retirement home in Peach Tree City, Georgia. They proudly showed us around their beautful home, served us a delicious dinner, and shared iced tea with us on the front porch. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

    Nancy and Lyle Minter
    3137 Eakin Park Court
    Fairfax, VA 22031

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