Thomas “OB” Gene O’Bryan
Thomas “OB” Gene O’Bryan, age 72, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 20, 2023. Born July 12, 1950, he grew up in Detroit, Michigan, but had lived in the Hampton Roads area up until 2016 when he moved to Dinwiddie, VA.
OB joined the Air Force in 1968 and retired after 20 years of service. After retiring from the Air Force, OB worked as a deputy for York County for 12 years, and attended Saint Leo University, earning a bachelor’s degree. Following getting his degree, he worked security for NASA, retiring from there as well.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Robbie L. O’Bryan, parents Marcellus (Pat) O’Bryan and Lola Mearl O’Bryan, and son Gregory E. Mitchell. OB is survived by his children, Thomas E. O’Bryan, Donna M. Torrey, Lisa M. Barnhouse, and Nathaniel “Scott” Mitchell and their families; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister Galena Fulkerson; and brother Joseph O’Bryan.
Many who knew Thomas called him “OB” and “OB” never meet a stranger. He enjoyed good conversation and loved being around family and friends. He was a hard worker and always found great joy in buying others a meal. OB was loved by many and will truly be missed.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Smyrna Baptist Church, 18971 Carson Rd., Dinwiddie, Virginia. The burial will be private.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.