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Alexis Baptist Church
Friday January 18th, 2019
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Funeral Service

Alexis Baptist Church
Friday January 18th, 2019

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Thomas "Tommie" Rueben Vandiver

Thomas “Tommie” Rueben Vandiver, 80, of Stanley passed away peacefully January 13, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on October 22, 1938 to the late James and Lillian Fesperman Vandiver Sr.  He is also preceded in death by brothers, Jimmie and Milton “Van” Vandiver.  Tommie was well known in the racing industry beginning his career on dirt tracks around North and South Carolina alongside his brother Jimmie in the 1950's.  He later became crew chief for NASCAR drivers, his brother, Jimmie Vandiver, Buddy Baker, and Freddie Smith.  He was a man of many talents and was known for helping many in the racing industry.

Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Teresa Westbrook Vandiver; children, Thomas "Adam" Vandiver (Lyndsay), Tommy Culpepper (Andrea), and Jeff Vandiver; stepchildren, Jamie Campbell (Coley), Jimmy Springs (Rachel), and Jennifer Springs; sister, Lillian Hoopaugh; 7 grandchildren, David, Mark, Angie, Caleb, Reagan, Morgan, and Grayson; and 3 great grandchildren, Nora, Vandiver "Van", and Foster.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Tommie’s life will be held Friday, January 18, at 1:00 p.m. at Alexis Baptist Church, 118 Alexis Church Rd., Alexis, NC with Rev. Ritchie Doss officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to service from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Cramerton NC was my birthplace and the Vandiver name was a household word. Talladega is is the place for hard chargers and several times they made their mark and NASCAR owes them a 1st place for 1969 but we all know the score! I used to blow my nose at school mid week after watching dirt track racing and astonish the kids by the amount of red dirt that came out! Some of it was inhaled from the raging tires off an auto driven by a Vandiver! Thanks for making me different from the rest. I'm 62 and a survivor of way too many car wrecks and have the scars to prove it. My mind is crowded with racing memories. It's in my DNA.

Boobie Auten Aug 14 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas "Tommie" Vandiver

Irene Peninger Jan 20 2019 12:00 AM

We are very sorry for your loss. It is my hope your family finds the strength to endure these days ahead. May the God of all hope and comfort be with you now and always. (2 Cor 1:3,4)

Jones Family Jan 20 2019 12:00 AM

A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was ordered on January 17, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas "Tommie" Vandiver

The Staff of Benson Funeral & Cremation Services Jan 15 2019 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM