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Thomas VanLandingham

Thomas John "Tom" VanLandingham

Friday, July 2nd, 1965 - Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
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I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.
II Timothy 4:7-8

A Time to Be Born

Thomas John VanLandingham, son of the late Thomas John VanLandingham and Celestine Lyles VanLandingham, was born on July 2, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The late James “Jimmy Mac” McCormick raised him as his own. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and servant leader within his community. On Wednesday, April, 14, 2021 God in His infinite wisdom and compassion, sent His angels to the bedside of Thomas and ushered him quietly and peacefully to eternal rest, with his loving wife by his side.

A Time to Grow

Thomas, affectionately known "Tom," received his formal education in the Philadelphia Public School system, graduating from University City High School in 1983. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Princess Anne, Maryland, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1988. Upon graduation, Tom began his professional career at SHORE UP! Inc. in 1988. During his tenure at SHORE UP!, Tom held several positions. He served as Fiscal Assistant, Weatherization Assistant, and Head Start Site Coordinator, before ascending into the role of Director for the Office of Home Energy Programs, which provides financial support to eligible individuals and families, until the time of his death. In 2018, Tom was recognized as Employee of the Year for his hard work and dedication. With a passion to succeed, Tom was highly motivated, energetic, and poured his heart and soul in everything in which he believed. Whether it was his entrepreneurial endeavors, career, family, friends, and his beloved fraternity, his loyalty and dedication were undeniable.

Tom was kind, loving, intelligent, funny, and made friends very easily. In fact, he never met anyone he considered a stranger, sometimes at his own peril. He always thought those he befriended were worthy of love and friendship. His commitment to helping others went beyond the boundaries of his professional career. Active in the community, Tom coached for the Salvation Army Basketball League and received several awards from the Wicomico County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism for his activities with the youth. In 2018, he was inducted into the 100 Men of Distinction, celebrating the work they had done for their community. Tom is mostly known for his community involvement with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., where he was an active member.

Thomas "Funky Fresh" VanLandingham became a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and was initiated into the Gamma XI Chapter on November 26, 1985, while attending the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. There, he served as Dean of Pledgees and Polemarch. After graduation, Tom became a very active member of Salisbury Alumni, Grand, and Providence Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Over the years, he held various offices in the Salisbury Alumni Chapter, including several terms as Polemarch. In 1990, Tom co-founded and organized the chapter's Kappa Guide Right Basketball League where his dedication and service continued for twenty-nine years.

Through his continuous service, the Kappa Guide Right Basketball League successfully impacted the youth of Salisbury and provided hundreds of area at risk youth with the opportunity to enhance their basketball skills and develop and achieve their educational goals. Many of the youth continued fulfilling the aspirations of basketball by competing on the high school, college, and professional levels. Tom also played a vital role in his daughter Casey's basketball successes. It is noteworthy that he was an integral part to the success of the major Kappa fundraiser, the Kappa Kruise, which provided scholarships to local youth.

His work didn't stop on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but extended to the Provincial Level serving as Vendor Coordinator and Eastern Province Region 1 Alumni Board Member. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was cherished by Tom and he was affectionately known and sought after in friendship at the Province and National events.

Tom possessed a great deal of strength and courage as he fought the good fight and he has now finished his race, after enduring many health challenges. We did not know the level of pain he experienced and endured continuously on a daily basis. Tom's spirit never wavered and he maintained a radiant smile that won over many hearts. He was warm, compassionate, fun-loving, and always willing to go the extra mile for his family and friends, whom he loved dearly, to ensure their comfort and well-being. The recent births of his two grandchildren, Sebastian “Bash-Bash” and Mallory “MJ,” brightened his days. Tom's passing has left an unspeakable void in the hearts and minds of all those who spent time with him

A Time to Love

Tom leaves to cherish his loving memories: his wife, Dana VanLandingham; children, Essence Zhane' VanLandingham, Corey L Morton, Jr. (Marissa), and Casey L Monroe-Gaskins (Shaquille); two grandchildren, Sebastian Aasim Monroe-Gaskins "Bash-Bash" and Mallory Joy Morton "MJ"; brothers, Ralph VanLandingham and Brian Brissett; one sister, Terri Brissett; step-mother, Margo VanLandingham; five nephews, Amin, Darryl, Jr., DeRon, Demarics, and Keith, Jr.; one niece, Ayriel; one aunt, Leonthia (Charles) Kelley; father-in-law, Vannie Coles, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Rhonda Banks, Carolyn Coles, and Joy Pollard (Marcus); one brother-in-law, Vannie Coles III (Janelle); three godchildren; Jordan Griffin, Robyn Joynes, and Jaibyn Hull; and a host of loving relatives, fraternity brothers, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Thomas Vanlandingham, Celestine VanLandingham, and dad, James McCormick; mother-in-law, Tyeace Waters; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Louise Hendly; maternal great-grandmother, Lula Adger; brother, Christopher Matnog; Gamma XI brothers, Camillio, Michael, and Victor; and beloved brother, Bruce Wharton.
A Time to Rejoice

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Thomas heard the call and he was gently escorted to where healing waters flow. He was called into the newness of life with the grace that had sustained the old. His illness was washed away in soothing currents of love. Can't you see that smile on his face as he walks those streets paved with gold?
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  • Private Memorial Service

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 1:00pm
    Fountains Wedding and Conference Center
    1800 Sweetbay Dr.
    Salisbury, MD 21804
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    In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Eastern Shore Kappa Foundation, Inc. in Tom's memory. Donations can be made through CashApp ($ESKF2017) or checks may be made payable to Eastern Shore Kappa Foundation and mailed to the address below:
    Eastern Shore Kappa Foundation, Inc.
    P.O. Box 820
    Eastville, VA 23347

    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Thursday, April 1, 2021, all public and private in person gatherings of 50 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Elmer N. Davis, Jr.


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Posted at 01:46pm
Remembering Tom, and you, in our minds & hearts. We hope this lily brings you joy & comfort to replace the pain & loss during this difficult time.
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The Kappa Queens of Gamma Xi

Posted at 01:14pm
Tom brought so many beautiful gifts to our lives. We will never forget him! Our hearts & prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
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Annemarie Chouinard

Posted at 11:42am
Dear members of the VanLandingham family,
I was extremely blessed to be a colleague of Tom's for the past 8 years.
I am very sorry for your loss. Tom made a huge positive impact on the community he served
and he will be sorely missed.
Annemarie Heaney Chouinard

Choptank Electric Cooperative Directors and Employ

Posted at 10:56am
On behalf of the Directors and Employees of Choptank Electric Cooperative, we send our condolences. We are very sorry for your loss.
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shirley Sanders

Posted at 11:49am
Tom was a person that we all loved and care as our Director of Energy. He will truly be missed. The kindness that he showed his employees will never be forgotten. He was a person of standards, always smiling, and his office door was always open for his employees if they had a problem. Family look to the hills from whence cometh your and remember Tom for the good times you all shared. My deepest sympathy prayers. and condolences
Shirley Sanders

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