In Memory

Tommy Whitfield

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01/12/24 11:34 AM #1    

Mary Porter (Brown)

When my family moved to Raleigh in 1956 the Whitfields were our next door neighbors on Wade Ave. which was a dirt road at the time. This family took care of us and cared for us in so many ways long after we left Wade Ave. I am so saddened by the loss of another one of our Broughton peers.

01/12/24 12:08 PM #2    

Laurie Vass

I remember well the little yellow house on Wade Avenue where Tommy lived.

Tommy was such a live-wire. When our Martin Mustang football team took a chartered bus up to DC to watch the Redskins, Tommy was the leader of the gang.

He tied to hide Julie Flow behind the seat to see if he could bring her to DC with us.

Julie was ALL-In.

Coach Brown found her and kicked her off the bus.

When we got to Broughton, Tommy was BMOC, always with the most stylish clothes and a teeny bit of swagger.

I think by that time, Tommy had given up on football to pursue other interests.

I had a great time with Tommy, and will cherish my memories of him.

Laurie Thomas Vass



01/12/24 02:40 PM #3    

Freda Wall

Tommy was always in a good mood and so much fun to be around. I have great memories of him teaching me how to dance and going to the Ember's Club. I know he must be smiling now.    

Freda Wall                                                             





01/12/24 05:38 PM #4    

Julie Flowe (Schilawski)

I loved Tommy Whitfield! To this day, every time I hear Be Young Be Foolish but Be Happy, I think of Tommy. He was great fun and a great friend! So hate I didn't get to see him before he passed.

01/13/24 11:46 AM #5    

Joel Haas

I remember Tommy from Fred Olds to Martin to Broughton.  Mostly, I remember he would pitch for one team or the other when we played after school pickup games on the Fred Olds playground.  He was a bit bigger than the rest of us (probably because he was a year older) but unlike a lot of the athletic boys was never boastful or bullied those of us with lesser talents.  He was always in a good mood and easy going.

01/13/24 12:03 PM #6    

Brad Stimmel

What a great guy in high school. We hung out a lot as we were in the same social club and played JV football together. Always had a smile for everyone. By

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