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Tommie Charles Vandiver

February 14, 1932 ~ April 21, 2018 (age 86)

Bishop Tommie Charles Vandiver was born February 14, 1932 to James and Lula Mae Vandiver-Hampton in Maplesville, AL. He later moved to Barberton, Ohio to join his extended family. He departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018.In March, 1951, he began working at the Babcox & Wilcox Company. Having a heart to serve his country, he joined the US Air Force in May, 1951 and served as a Bombardier until 1955, when his plane was shot down in the Korean War. Bishop Vandiver returned to Barberton where he resumed working at the Babcox & Wilcox Company until he retired August, 1971 after 20 years of service.Bishop Vandiver gave his life to the Lord at a young age; he served the Lord with gladness and shared the love of God to all that he met. He loved singing, traveling throughout the country in many cities and states, singing with the Apostolic Wonders giving glory unto the Lord.He served as a member of Gospel Temple until he was lead to organize and Pastor Christ Temple Apostolic Church. Upon retiring from pastoring, he served faithfully at the Heart of Christ Ministries.He married Dorothy Wheeler in 2006 after the passing of his former wife Louise May Vandiver. Bishop Tommie C. Vandiver was preceded in death by both his parents, his brothers: James Vandiver, Lenzo Vandiver, Julius Hampton; Darnel Hampton; and sister, Ruth Hampton.He leaves to cherish his memory; wife Dorothy Vandiver; brothers: Emmanuel Hampton, Akron, OH; John (Anna) Hampton, Indianapolis, IN; Samuel (Lula) Hampton, Akron, OH; sisters: Mary Chattom, Indianapolis, IN; Esther (James) Higginbottom. Akron, OH; Children: Terrence (Pamela) Vandiver, Pinola, MS; Daniel (Tammi) Tilley, Spring Valley, CA; Benjamin Vandiver, Lawton, OK; Antonio “Tony” (Kathryn) Vandiver, Moore, OK; Jasmine (Jamelle) Dowdell, Seattle, WA; Norman Wheeler, Senecaville, OH; Dottie (Richard) Watson; Barbara (Larry) Mason, Akron, OH; Dale, O.C. (Dot), Akron, OH; Sandra Williams-Carter, San Diego, CA; Milena (Clyde) Phillips, Fallbrook, CA; John, Akron, OH; P. Elayne (Rickey) Poston, Memphis, TN; and Karen (Steven) Jackson, Akron, OH; along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Bishop Vandiver’s family will receive friends on Thursday, April 26th (TODAY) at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203. The funeral service will be held on Friday, April 27th at 12 Noon at the First Apostolic Faith Church, 790 Easter Ave., Akron, Ohio 44307 with Bishop Ronald L. Higginbottom officiating and P. Elayne Poston facilitating. With visitation at 11 a.m. until time of service.His burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery will full military honors on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 10 a.m.


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