Fallen Hero: CW4(Ret) Thomas J. “Tommy” Herod, III


Funeral Home

Oliver Funeral Home

113 Liberty Street Winona, MS


Friday, November 12, from 1-2 p.m. at North Winona Baptist Church,


  1. Friday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m. at North Winona Baptist Church, with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on November 9, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. CW4(Ret) Thomas J. “Tommy” Herod, III, age 83, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 1/114 Field Artillery and HQ STARC (McCain) and had worked full-time as the McCain UTES Supervisor, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Obituary, visitation and service details ——

Funeral services for Thomas J. “Tommy” Herod, III of Winona will be held Friday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m. at North Winona Baptist Church, with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona. Rev. Mac Ables and Rev. Terry Corley will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Matthew Branch, Nolan Brooks, Nathan Parnell, Gene McNeer, Ed Golding, and Tim McBride. Honorary pallbearers will be the Sunday School Class of Lawrence Braswell.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 12, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church.

Mr. Herod, 83, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 4, 1938, to Thomas and Ruby Elliott Herod. Jr. He was a charter member of North Winona Baptist Church. He was a retired member of the Mississippi Army National Guard having served as a CW3 in the 1st/114th field artillery battalion based in Greenwood and former shop supervisor at Camp McCain in Elliot. He was an avid quail hunter, fisherman and mechanic.

Mr. Herod is survived by his wife, Annice Locke Herod of Winona; daughters, Patricia Herod Candies (Ian) of Hahnville, LA, and Angie Herod Branch (Chris) of Winona; son, Bill Herod (Susan) of Winona; five grandchildren, Emily Branch Parnell, Mary Catherine Brooks, Matthew Branch, Devin Candies, and Mason Candies; and three great-grandchildren, Colby Brooks, Blakely Parnell, and Sutton Parnell. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, James J. Herod.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, PO Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.