Peggy Jean Sandridge Tomlin, 79, of Palm Harbor, FL, died at the Hospice of the Suncoast Brookside, Palm Harbor, FL, on Jul 6, 2014, after a brief struggle with cancer, and a much longer battle with COPD. She was born in Charlottesville, VA on Nov 15, 1934, the first of three girls, to the late Virginia Coles “Pete” Gay and Moses Melton Sandridge, of Charlottesville.
Preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Polly Ann, Peggy is survived by her husband of 60 years, Curtis Tomlin, of Palm Harbor, FL (formerly of Crozet); her sister, Patricia Gay Sandridge Salmon of Clearwater, FL; one son, David, and his wife, Kay of Odenville, AL; one daughter, Laurie Fiess, and her husband, Greg, of Clearwater, FL; five grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law; an uncle and aunt, The Reverend Doctor Sidney E. Sandridge and his wife, Gladys Brewer Sandridge of Harvest, AL, two additional aunts: Miss Mary N. Sandridge of Crozet, VA, and Mrs. Agnes Wine Sandridge of Frederick, MD; six nieces, eight nephews, eight grand nephews, eight grand nieces, five great-grand nephews, and a host of cousins and other very close friends.
A 1952 graduate of Lane High School, Charlottesville, Peggy attended the Univ. of VA for two years. She received her BS Degree from Athens St. Univ. in Athens, AL. She worked in the field she loved, Early Childhood Education, serving and later concurrently managing two Child Development Centers in Athens. Moving to Clearwater, FL in 1980, she worked for Head Start, then the Pinellas Co. School System under the Federal Title I Program for elementary school students with special needs.
A “casual-dress” gathering of remembrance will be held in the fellowship hall of the Crozet United Methodist Church, at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 10, 2014. All those who knew Peggy and/or any of her relatives are cordially invited to participate. Interment of the cremains will be private at 4 p.m. that Sunday afternoon at the Riverview Cemetery, Riverview St., Charlottesville.
The family requests instead of plants or cut flowers, remembrances be donated to the charity of the donor’s choice. Suggestions are Crozet UMC, 1156 Crozet Ave (PO Box 70), Crozet, VA 22932; the Crozet Library’s Large Print Book Fund, the American Cancer Society, or the American Lung Assn.