Thomas “Tommy” O’Neal Nelms

Published 5:58 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Thomas “Tommy” O’Neal Nelms, 49 of Smithfield passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.  He was the son of the late William James “Jimmie” Nelms Sr. and is survived by his mother, Amanda Elizabeth Nelms Likens.  He is also survived by his wife, Tammy L. Nelms; daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Nelms; son, Shaun Erin Riggin; grandchildren, Justin and Rhiannon; sister, Donna Nelms Crick; brother, William “Billy” Nelms Jr. (Lori); several nieces and nephews; his lifelong friends, Earl Edwards Jr. and Eric Harrison as well as countless other friends.  He loved his dog Archer and cat Clarence Carter.  Tommy loved spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and enjoying nature.  He enjoyed baseball and various other sports. He was an avid New York Yankees baseball and Oakland Raiders football fan.  He retired from Craft Machine Works in Hampton after 20 years of service. The family is having a time of remembrance at Little’s Funeral Home on Friday, April 5, 6 p.m., followed by a visitation. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to Smithfield High School Band, 14171 Turner Dr., Smithfield, VA 23430. Online condolences may be registered at

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