Thomas Ackie Gwaltney

Published 12:29 pm Monday, April 10, 2017

Thomas Ackie Gwaltney, 70, passed away April 7, 2017 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with his family by his side.  Tommy was the son of the late Will M. Gwaltney Sr. and Dorothy G. Gwaltney. Tommy retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as an apprentice instructor after 43 years of service. He was a charter member of the Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad where he served in many capacities and was currently the captain. He selflessly served the citizens of Surry County for the past 54 years. He also served in the capacity of Rescue Squad Auxiliary treasurer.  He was a life member and past vice-president of District 3 of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. He was also a state life member and Hall of Fame member in the VAVRS. He was a state level EVOC instructor and instructor trainer and co-chairman of the state EVOC conference competition. 

Tommy was also predeceased by an infant daughter, Jamie C. Gwaltney, and his wife of forty-two years, Anne J. Gwaltney. He is survived by his wife of three years, Selinda Ward Gwaltney; one son, Matt Gwaltney, of Spring Grove; one grandson, Colin T. Gwaltney of Elberon; two step-children, Sandra Gutierrez (Mo.) and James C. Judkins III; three step-grandchildren, Miranda Judkins, Amber Judkins and Carson Gutierrez; one brother, Will M. Gwaltney Jr. (Bina) of Surry; a very special niece, Emily J. Pittman, along with several other nieces and nephews. 
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday April 11, 11 a.m. in Littles Funeral Home, Smithfield with burial to follow in the Old Brick Church cemetery in Bacons Castle.  The family will receive friends Monday, April 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad, P O Box 188, Surry, VA 23883.  Condolences may be posted online at


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