MSG Thomas E Waller US Army (Retired)

Master Sergeant Thomas E. Waller, US Army (ret.), widower of Marcial J. Miller Waller, departed this life on April 9, 2019. He was born in Ninety Six, SC on April 3, 1932, as the last child of James and Sarah Brooks Waller.

MSG Waller graduated from Brewer High School in 1949 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from South Carolina State College in 1954. He entered the US Army in 1954, having served two tours in Korea, two tours in Vietnam, and one tour in Germany. While in service he was awarded several decorations to include: six Good Conduct Medal award, two Army Accommodations ribbons, Drill Sergeant Badge Ribbon, two Bronze Star Awards, and one Combat Infantry Badge.

His state side duty assignments included Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Fort Riley, Kansas. MSG Waller retired with 20 years of service in 1974. After retiring, he worked at Greenwood High School as a JROTC instructor, coached the rifle, and pellet team. He took two teams to the two National Guard National matches, and the first team finished in 7th place, and the last match under his direction the team had a third place finish. Upon his retirement from the JROTC department, he was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service and retired from District 50 with 18 years of service.

He had a private and personal relationship with the Lord and had a strong belief in patriotism, value, and personal responsibility. He was a lifelong member of Marshall Chapel Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and Trustee.

For over fifty years, he was actively involved in stewarding the land and advocating agriculture and natural resources, and served as a member of the Clemson Extension Advisory Council. In addition, he was one of the founding members of the Piedmont Farmers Marketing Cooperation. In 2007, he was awarded the Agriculturist of the Year.

Other affiliations include a member of the SCSU Alumni, Ebo Acres club, and the Greenwood Cattlemen’s Association.

MSG Thomas Waller is survived by two daughters, Lt. Co. Thomasena Waller and Olletta Waller; granddaughter, Brittney Waller; goddaughter, Marchelle Bryant; grand godchildren, Miya and Veron Dante; nieces and nephews Aileen Jenkins, James and Carolyn Jenkins, Thomas and Lisa Jenkins, Sgt Maj., W.F. Beckton (USMC, ret.) and Dana Beckton; LTC Lamonte and COL Joyce Waller (ret.); Dr. Kenneth and Josiland Jackson; Faye Waller Mathis; Maj. Leo and Rhonda Lynn Waller (ret.); close family friends Paul and Janie Freeman, James and Barbara Williams, a host of loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives, and friends to mourn his passing.

Public viewing will be from 12pm until 8pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Percival Tompkins Funeral Home and 12:45pm-1:45pm on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Marshall Chapel Baptist Church (2318 Louden Road, Ninety Six, SC 29666). Rev. Michael Butler will preside and Rev. Roosevelt Brooks will assist graveside services will follow with full military honors by the United States Army Military Honors Team at 2pm. Pallbearers will be the 1981-1982 Greenwood High School Rifle Team.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Sarah Dorothy Brooks Waller Scholarship Fund:

Please make your checks or cashier’s check to:

Lander University

Office of University Advancement

320 Stanley Avenue

Greenwood, SC 29649

Online condolences may be sent to the family at or email at

The family is at the home 106 East Deadfall Road, Greenwood

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