Thomas Earl Broadstock 74, of Reedsville was called home to patrol the streets of heaven on October 22, 2018. He was born on October 2nd 1944 in Cumberland Maryland to the late Virginia Chambers, and moved to Independence, WV in 1958.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. An avid bowler before his illness, even teaching bowling to young children while living in Grafton. He loved playing golf, and watching his team, the Florida Seminoles, whether it was football or basketball.
He attended and played basketball at Newburg High School. After graduating he enlisted in the US Navy. He was stationed at the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia as a radio-teletype specialist. After leaving the navy he was a dispatcher in Shinnston for the West Virginia State Police, it was during this time, 1967, he assisted in the search and recovery of victims of the Point Pleasant bridge collapse. In 1969 he attended the West Virginia State Police Academy where he graduated and began his 39 year career in law enforcement starting as a part time deputy and dispatcher for the Taylor County Sheriff's department until he joined the city of Grafton police department as a patrolman working his way up through the ranks and retiring as chief of police. He was awarded the “Bravery Beyond the Call of Duty”, in 1990, by the city of Grafton. He returned to the Taylor County Sheriff's department, as a correctional officer then as a deputy. He moved to Reedsville in 1995 and was employed by both the Reedsville and Masontown police departments. Then joined the Kingwood City police department in September 1995, until he retired for a second and final time. He was a member of the FOP Lodge 116.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Vanette Broadstock; his children: Joshua Broadstock and Kristen; Samantha Saunders and John all of Clarksburg; and step sons: Robert Danser and Jason Erbe both of Reedsville; Grandchildren Lukah Saunders, Dominic, and Jasmine Danser; his sister Margaret Ann LeMaster of Martinsburg; brothers: Johnny Chambers and Patty; David Chambers and Linda; James Chambers and Sandy; and William Chambers and Janet.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law's Allen (JR) LeMaster and Robert “Boat” Shaffer; his sister-in-law Michelle Chambers; his father-in-law Everett “Joby” Danser and grandson Trey Scott Danser.
In keeping with Tom's wishes, he was cremated.
Graveside Inurnment Services will be 2:00 PM on Monday, October 29th, 2018 at the WV National Cemetery, Grafton, WV. Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Honor Details from the: US Navy, VFWs of Preston and Taylor Counties, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 977.
The family wishes to thank WV Caring hospice service for all their kindness and help.
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