Elder Tommie Herrington Jr., the second child of the late Tommie and Ruby Herrington, was born on July 12, 1938 in Waynesboro, Georgia. To family and friends alike, he was known as Rev., Tom, or Tommie Jr.
In the early 1940’s, the Herrington family moved to Brunswick, Georgia. Elder Herrington attended Risely High School. Upon completing high school, he served in the United States Air Force for five years.
Later in life Elder Herrington moved to Los Angeles, California, where he rededicated his life to Christ and began serving the Lord faithfully. During his time in Los Angeles, he was ordained as a deacon, and later became a member of the clergy at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church. After returning home to Brunswick, Georgia, he served under Elder Vanderbilt Lawrence until his passing. He continued in the ministry and transitioned to the position of Elder of Spiritual Body Holiness Church in Christ, where he led God’s people. His faithfulness to God was evident in his everyday life. Serving God, by serving others was a daily mission for him.
Elder Herrington’s ministry work was not limited to the church. He also brought light to co-workers and clients on his jobs. He was employed as a bus driver with Glynn County Schools until August 2020. He also worked as a longshoreman with the International Longshoremen’s Association. Those who worked with him expressed their love for his willingness to always share the Word of God.
Elder Herrington was charismatic, well respected, loyal to his family, and never met a stranger. He was a member of the NAACP, the American Legion, served on the Georgia Port Authority Pilot Commission, and was a board member for the Glynn County Board of Education. Of all his accomplishments, perhaps his greatest, was what he gave to his family and the community.
On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Elder Herrington departed this life and answered his call from labor to reward. Though his stay on earth was brief, 82 years, it was filled with many lessons taught and memories left for us to savor.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Mack Herrington; two brothers, Michael and Charles Herrington, Sr.; four sisters, Ruby Lee Herrington, Macine Kight, Linda Herrington, and Carol Haynes; one grandson, Richard Cash III.
His memory will be kept alive in the hearts of his daughter, Cristine Short; grandchildren: Sharitta Jackson, Tameka Thomas, Kenneth Jackson, Dennis Short, and Denise Short; 15 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Otis Herrington Sr., Tommie Lee Herrington (Catherine), and Larry Capers; three sisters, Lois Herrington, Lavonia Allen (Robert), and Brenda Herrington Thompson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
Due to the current state of (COVID-19) pandemic and in order to promote social distancing, as ordered by the Governor for the State of Georgia and the State of Indiana, anyone entering the funeral home for viewing; as well as attending all graveside services must wear a mask. We will also limit the number of persons allowed to enter the funeral home at any given period during the viewing process. We ask that you leave the premise upon exiting the building. The family is most appreciative to each of you for your prayers and considerations during this difficult time in their lives.
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