Senior Chief Thomas Henderson Churchill, JR USN (Ret.), 75, of Port Royal, SC, passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2023.\n\nRaised in Glen Rock, New Jersey, he was the son of Thomas Sr. and Florence. During his teenage years, he displayed a strong work ethic that would continue throughout his life. While going to high school, he would wake up early each morning to deliver milk, then deliver newspapers, and finally go to school.\n\nAfter graduation from Glen Rock High School, he enlisted in the Navy, where he had a 22-year career as a Hospital Corpsman. He traveled all over the world in service to his country and the Navy that he so loved. His service included three tours in Vietnam, twice as a proud crewmember of the USS Saratoga and attached to the Fleet Marine Force as a Navy Corpsman. While in the Navy, among the awards he was the recipient of included the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Naval Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal with Fleet Marine Force Insignia, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device. Upon his retirement, he made Port Royal his home. He started a second career, working in Dataw Island's Security team for 19 years, and was promoted to the Assistant Manager of Security.\n\nIn his free time, he was often found in his workshop. An accomplished carpenter, he filled his workshop with tools and materials – usually working on several projects at once. He was always willing to help those who needed something made or advice on how to make or fix something. He also loved gardening and model railroading, improving his surroundings with both. He believed his pets were companions and family members, regardless of type. As a young teen, he raised fish to show in competitions in New York City.\n\nA true believer in a Front Porch's power in forming a community, he put tables and chairs in his front yard so neighbors and friends could visit for a spell to enjoy conversation and coffee. But no matter how busy he was, he always found time for his wife, children, and then later, grandchildren.\n\nHe is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Joe Ann. While they had known each other since they were two years old, it wasn't until after high school that they started dating and found love. His children Thomas III (Serena) of Hanahan, SC, Kathleen of Port Royal, SC, and Mary Joe Foley (Timothy) of Schwenksville, PA. His grandchildren, Thomas IV, TJ, Stephen (Sarah), Lauren, Theresa, and Julia. His sisters Florence, Diane, and Pam (Charlie).\n\nFollowing his wishes, there will be no Visitation. He will have a Funeral Mass at St. Peters Catholic Church in Beaufort at 11:30 AM on September 1, 2023. This will be followed by Internment at Beaufort National Cemetary.\n\nThe family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children in lieu of flowers.