Thomas Wesley Kight III

October 23, 1926 - May 30, 2023

10/23/1926 - 05/30/2023

Past Services

Friday June 02, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center
7120 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505
Funeral Service
Friday June 02, 2023
11:00 am
Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center
7120 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

 In the morning of May 30th, 2023 our dad heard the alarm sound while we were sleeping by his side. He got ready and headed out to his final call where his loving wife Helen was waiting.  Wesley passed away at Sentara Leigh in Norfolk ,VA, the same city,  (Berkley) where he was born way back on October 23, 1926.

He attended Maury High School in Norfolk, VA but left early to join the US Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine,  September 24th, 1945. Upon his return he joined the Norfolk Fire Department in January of 1948 where he proudly served until October of 1988, retiring as a Lieutenant in the NFD department.  

He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Wesley Kight Jr and Eunice Beamon Kight, his sister Charlotte Warren, his brother William Blackwell “Blackie” Kight, and his son-in-law John Patrick Beahm Jr. who was also a retired Norfolk firefighter.  

Dad was a proud member of the Fraternal order of Eagles 795, the Berkeley Masonic Lodge, and was the treasurer for the Norfolk Fire Department Retirees.  He was also on the Norfolk Fire Department Softball team.

In recent years one of dad’s favorite things to do was to meet his buddies up at the K&W cafeteria at southern shopping center where the special group of men would eat together several nights of the week and spend time telling war stories. These men helped keep dad going after Helen passed away.

He leaves behind his daughters Helen JoAnn Beahm (his caregiver) and Leslie Lynn Garrett, who loved him more than all the stars in the sky and all the sand in Hatteras; Grandchildren, John Patrick Beahm Jr. Jennifer Ann Wroton (Bryan), and Robert Wesley Garrett; His great grandchildren, Zoie Anne Wroton and Charles Max “Max” Wroton; His brother-in-law James Iredell Morissette (Penny); his loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and other family members. 

Wesley was a dog lover. I don’t think there was ever a dog he met that he didn’t love. He recently lost his sweet little Max, who he named after his great grandson. It wasn’t long after that Joann added Max II for daddy to love on.

The family would like to thank his very special friends who continue to stay in touch even as his eyesight and hearing faded.  He spoke to Ed Johnson and Ret. Asst, Fire Chief William “Eddie” Fischer everyday possible.

Services to honor our hero will be held Friday, June 2nd, 2023 at the Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center located at  7120 Granby St. Norfolk VA. There will be a viewing from 10:00 to 11:00 am with the service following at 11:00 am. Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery, Norfolk, VA.  Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside is handling arrangements.

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Diane Furey
10 months ago

Heartfelt comforting thoughts to Leslie and her entire family.

10 months ago

Rest in peace with your lovely wife. Thank you for your service in military after your time in service serving the city of Norfolk citizens keeping them safe. I will miss you. We have been friends since 1980 when i moved in to the house across street. My daughters miss you also and all their memories of what a kind and caring friend you were while living in the house.

Cindy DeLucenay
10 months ago

May God bless your family during this difficult time. Gif has received another angel in heaven!

Kay Turner
10 months ago

Thank you Thomas W. Kight III for the service rendered to our country and to the citizens of Norfolk. May you rest in eternal peace.

Joe Munden
10 months ago

Uncle Bubba, it’s hard to imagine a world without you in it. You’ve been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My favorite memories are when I could visit and we’d talk about the old time when you and Mom were growing up. I feel so blessed being able to visit with you and the girls right up to the end. Forever Love from Joe and Anita Munden

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
10 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Thomas Wesley Kight III, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Veteran, Thomas Wesley Kight III, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †