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“He looked down on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”
2 Samuel 22:17, 20
Thomas Lee Lane, Sr. was called to eternal rest on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, shortly after his morning devotion which he faithfully did most mornings with his wife, Michone. Thomas was affectionately called Tom or T. Lee. Thomas Lee was born February 29, 1944, in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Milton Benjamin (Sr.) and Ernestine (Taylor) Lane. He was the second child of nine born to that union.
Tom was baptized at an early age. He often spoke of how he was thankful his Christian foundation which was greatly influenced by his grandmother Ophelia. He often reminisced about how he was responsible for ringing the bell of the church with his older brother, Milton and for assisting his grandmother with other duties in the church. Tom continued throughout his life to be a dedicated and faithful servant of God. He joined Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Virgina Beach, VA over 40 years ago where he served as part of various ministries (Usher Ministry, Outreach Ministry, Beautification Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Intercessory Prayer Ministry and Sunday School).
Tom was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and often spoke highly about his school years at Booker T. Washington. High School which he played on the baseball team as a pitcher. In fact, he did so well the teacher hoped he would go on to play professional baseball. He continued to play baseball after high school with company teams and in the community. He often reflected on how he wished he had gone Pro. After high school he worked at Virgina National Bank and Norfolk Arena, working also for other companies in various positions until going to the Newport News Shipyard and the Norfolk Naval Base over forty years ago where he retired as a marine electrician for George Sharpe Contractors.
Tom was an avid sports fan. His Teams were the Green Bay Packers, Boston Celtics, and Norfolk State University – that all shared the colors of Green and Gold. As well as playing on basketball teams in the community, he was also played pool on several teams. He often excelled on the pool table and was admired for his ability to play so well. Tom was an all-around Sports Guy. He loved to play, watch, and talk sports. He loved to attend games, often travelling to support Booker T. and Norfolk State University. Tom did not attend Norfolk State, but you wouldn’t have known it unless he told you. When he travelled with the team, he set up tailgates to support the team greeting family members and fans with the motto, “Behold the Green and Gold” welcoming others with his bright eyes and amazing smile. When Tom attended or held Norfolk State tailgate parties at games, he was usually greeted by fellow alumni and fans as the “Alumnus.” You can be assured when Tom was home watching the games during football season, you would often see him dressed in Green Bay Packers or Norfolk State University’s gear - green and gold sharp!
Life Reflections, continued
Tom was very welcoming and warm showing love to everyone. With Tom, there were no “Big I’s and Little You’s,” because he treated everyone equally with love and kindness. He was also a sharp dresser, classy, cool and an absolute gentleman. Tom cherished his wife Michone Lane whom he called “Honey.” He always had to see what Honey wanted before doing anything. Tom also loved his family, especially all the children. He encouraged many of them to attend college, especially Norfolk State, and some of them went on to graduate with honors. He loved his community, and he would encourage many of the children to get As and Bs and reward them if they did. Tom was an anchor for the neighborhood, the church and his family who helped everyone when he could. Tom welcomed family, friends, and neighbors into his home and fed everyone regardless of their station in life. Tom loved music and he took delight in family and friends being with him to have good times listening and dancing to music. Tom and Michone celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 14, 2023, and Tom would proudly say “To God Be the Glory” for their wonderful life together.
Tom was preceded in death by his youngest son Torey L. Lane. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Michone Elliott Lane, his children, Deneen Parker (Juan), Thomas L. Lane, Jr. (Shari), Bobby Lane, his aunt Jacqueline Josey, his eight siblings: Milton B. Lane, Jr. (Dolores), Lois Ferguson (Carl), Linda Martin, Margorie Gordon, Michael Lane, Latina Wilder, Peter Lane, Larnell Lane; his ten beloved grandchildren: Jackie, Jamel, Desiree, Maceo, Ashaureah, Angelicia, Selena, Lyanna, Daziyah and Kaptain; eight great grandchildren: Zamaria, Darnell, Zaki, Dalonte, Zaniya, Reign, Kimbra, and Torey; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host loving relatives and friends.