26 thoughts on “My Son, Darrell Tomlin, as he was promoted To Chief Petty Officer

  1. Gold for good conduct. Chest full of ribbons for dedication. Wings for aviation. I know you are proud even though he has no commander-n-chief.

    • I stumbled across this on the web looking for something else. I’m proud to say that I was Darrell’s Senior Chief at the time and took immense pride in his selection to Chief Petty Officer. He was a helluva P-3 Naval Aircrewman and crack sensor operator. I was privileged to have served and flown with him at Patrol Squadron 62.
      Mark Worthen
      MCPO, USNR (ret)

      • Good Day, Mark….
        I am so appreciative of your comment in response to my Son’s performance. I will never forget the evening Chase, my Grandson, and I had the honor of pinning Darrell’s CPO emblems on his pressed khaki collar. When the bell sounded to announce that Darrell Tomlin “had arrived” I was so filled with pride and emotion. Thank you again, Mark. You have made this old woman’s day!

      • Mark….Darrell was found dead this morning, I have a Navy question. Can you call me at 770-228-6087, please. Sheila Tolley

      • Ms. Tolley,
        I called the number listed and got a voice mail with a man’s voice. You can reach me at (904) 349-5264. I am so very sorry for your loss and the loss of Darrell to this world. I am attempting to contact a couple of his former shipmates, Dewey Skyers and Spence Cunningham, to let them know as well.
        My sincerest condolences,
        Mark Worthen
        AWCM, USNR (ret)

    • Sheila,
      My computer crashed over a year ago and I lost all e-mail contacts etc., so I hope this method of communication reaches you. I just wanted you to know that I have never, ever forgotten Darrell. I thought about him this May on the anniversary of his passing and I raised a glass in memory of him today on Veteran’s Day as I reflected on all the shipmates I had served with that were special to me.
      I hope this finds you well.
      Yours Always,
      Mark Worthen
      MCPO, USNR (ret)

      • You are a wonderful and thoughtful friend, Mark. I thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.

  2. Sheila – my husband Jeff and I were good friends with Darrell when he lived in Colorado Springs. Jeff was the best man in Darrell’s wedding and I was a bridesmaid. I’d like to think those were some good times in his life here in the Springs. He has several friends here who are thinking of you and praying for your family and send their condolences. So sorry for your loss.

    Jeff & Kim Young

  3. Thank you Jeff & Kim. A part of me died yesterday. I didn’t know hurt could hurt so much. I miss my baby.

  4. Sheila, I went to school with Darrell. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very special man in many lives. Today I am somber from the thoughts of all that we have heard. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Hi, Sheila
    My husband and I met Darrell through Jeff & Kim Young and the gang in Colorado Springs. He was a very intelligent, talented man with loads of Southern charm and endless funny stories. We are so sorry for your loss. Please give his boys hugs for us.
    Mike and Michelle Wickersheim

  6. Sheila,
    My son and I met Darrel and the boys while in Colorado Springs as well. He was a very special man, like Michelle said always there with a funny story and loads of southern charm. He will be missed. You and the family are in my prayers.
    Fred and Kenny Eden

  7. Mrs. Sheila, Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss of Darrell. It’s the worst news I have ever had to hear. Please know that if there is ANYTHING. ANYTHING at all you or his boys need please don’t hesitate to ask. At some point I would love to be able to talk with you! Please keep my number and know you can call at anytime. He was very loved and admired by
    So many. His life came to an end way too soon. Thoughts and prayers for all of you! My deepest sympathy, Cindy (McDaniel)
    If there is anything y’all need, please let us know. 706-975-9509

    • Cindy….Darrell’s obit is on line at Coggin’s Funeral Home. I miss him and my heart will not quit breaking….I cannot quit crying…please pray for me.

  8. Darrell had so many friends over the years that have so many memories of the fun loving person he was. We all pray for your peace and comfort. Not only today but many days to come.

    • Thank you so much, Kayla. With every comment I read, I know my boy is smiling with me. He is such a wonderful Son. I use present tense because he will never be gone from my heart and my mind. NEVER.
      My love to you, pretty girl.

  9. I just found out yesterday evening of Darrell’s passing away. I am in shock and very sad. He was a great person, so funny, talented, genuine, and a good friend. I met him working at Wells Fargo in Colorado Springs. I’m so sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength and courage to overcome this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with the family…especially his boys.

  10. Sheila (Mama)
    I just found out today about Darrell. I am truly at a loss for words. He is such an amazing person and will be deeply missed. I pray for Darrell, yourself and your family that you may find the courage to stay strong and remember he is truly a Gaurdian Angel. I have no doubt he is smiling down on all his loved ones.
    God bless,
    Krystal Morgan

  11. I just found out of Darrell’s passing. Words cannot express my sadness. Darrell and I started our naval careers together and I will never forget the times we shared, some hard, some hilarious. I remember a particular weekend Darrell, Terry McDonald and I drove form “A” school in Millington, TN to GA (6 Flags) for the weekend. Darrell warned me the entire ride about the big scary dogs that were going to eat me when we got to his house (I think it might have been a relative‚Äôs house)… really laid in on thick. True to form he had called ahead and set up for the dogs to go nuts when we arrived… Scared me half to death. Good times. I have a few pictures I took during boot camp that I’d be happy to pass along. Feel free to contact me.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

    Steve Rosado

    • Steve..I thank you so much for writing. .I sent an email to your address shown above. I would love so much to have any pictures that you have of my Darrell. I miss my Son so much. Many thanks,,,


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