First Posted: 12/27/2009

MOUNT AIRY Mr. John Thomas Tom Inman, 90, of Mount Airy, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Northern Hospital of Surry County. Mr. Inman was born in Surry County Oct. 30, 1919, to Sam C. and Daisy Cooke Inman. He served our country in the United States Army during WWII in North Africa and Italy. Mr. Inman retired after 35 years at NC Granite and a total of 64 years as a truck driver. He was the oldest male active member of Holly Springs Baptist Church, where he had also been a deacon. Mr. Inman was a charter member as well as the oldest living active member of the Holly Springs Ruritan Club. Mr. and Mrs. Inman celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21st. Surviving are his loving wife, Thelma Riddle Inman of the home; a daughter, Wanda East also of the home; and a sister, Gertie Bell Cummings of Thomasville. In addition to his parents, Mr. Inman was preceded in death by a sister, Myrtle Richardson; and four brothers, James Inman, Ausie Inman, Earlie Inman and Lindy Inman. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Holly Springs Baptist Church by the Rev. Wayburn Mosley, the Rev. Lanny Atkins and the Rev. Jimmy Cain. Mr. Inman will lie in state at the church for 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by VFW Memorial Honor Guard, Mount Airy Post 2019 and Pilot Mountain Post 9436. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church, c/o Carol Mayes, 559 Hiatt Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made at

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