Thomas Cunningham Soter

April 10, 2022


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Funeral Service
Wednesday June 15, 2022
11:00 am
Virginia Beach United Methodist Church
212 19th St
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
757-428-7747 | Directions

Thomas Cunningham Soter died unexpectedly on April 10, 2022, at his home in Virginia Beach. Born March 24, 1948, in Newport News, VA, he was the son of the late George Joseph and Janet Cunningham Soter.

Tom was a graduate of Hampton High School and Chowan College, where he was a two-year starter in basketball and vice president of the student body. He graduated from the Business School of the University of Richmond in 1970 and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Tom was a longtime salesman for Beach Ford, where many customers became lifelong friends. He loved the water, boating, sports, and fellowship in the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church. Tom was a lifetime resident of Tidewater Virginia, a community he loved and who loved him in return.

Surviving are his daughters Jennifer Wolf (Rob) of Charlottesville, VA, and Amy Calfee (Bobby) of Aiken, SC, and seven grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers David Soter (Carol) and Bob Soter (Linda), and nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church on June 15 at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of your choice in Tom’s memory. Online condolences may be offered at

Cremation services were provided by Altmeyer Funeral Home-Southside.

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Iron Horse/Henry Robinson
19 days ago

I am so sorry for the loss of this very loved and respected man. I worked in the Auto Collison department at Beach Ford from 1985 – 1987

Randy Tanner
1 month ago

Tom and I were roommates at U of R for a year, and he was a good friend and fraternity brother. We only saw each other occasionally after college, but we were able to connect in 2019 for lunch and to go out on his boat. We had a great afternoon and shared a lot of laughs about our college days. I was shocked to hear of his passing, and my condolences go out to his family. Rest in peace Tom.

Buster and Karen O'Brien
1 month ago

Buster and I were shocked and saddened to read about Tommy’s death. I always called him Tommy. We saw him at all of the University of Richmond sporting events and “watches” in Virginia Beach. He will be greatly missed. He was a kind and gentle man who was always good to us. We last saw him at ShoreBreak in Virginia Beach watching U of R basketball.

Kaye McCoy
1 month ago

This is such a shock to me. I will miss him so much. He was such a wonderful person & cousin. Hugs, prayers and love to his family and friends. He was taken from us way too soon, but he is in heaven with his parents and I’m sure he is making everyone laugh. ❤️🙏🏻

Carol (Aldridge) Weiss
1 month ago

Please accept my deepest condolences. I worked with Tom at Beach Ford and knew him to be a friend to everyone he met. Tom was a great salesman with a heart of gold. A sad loss to all who knew and loved him.