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Thomas Alfred Counts, II, 68, of Roanoke (formerly of Abingdon), passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2023. He was born in Abingdon, Virginia on August 31, 1955 to the late Thomas A. Counts, Sr. and Cornelia “Connie” Hagy Counts.
Tom served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He was an administrative officer and an auxiliary engineering officer while on active duty and held multiple officer positions as a drilling reservist.
Tom earned his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law and his B. A. from Emory and Henry College. He had lectured and written extensively on defense topics including soft tissue injury cases, uninsured and underinsured motorists along with direct and cross examination of medical experts.
He practiced in complex civil litigation, the defense of first and third-party insurance claims and coverage. He had served as claim litigation counsel for State Farm Insurance in Alexandria, Nationwide Insurance in Roanoke (until closing), Midkiff, Muncie and Ross in Roanoke and Jessee, Read, and Howard in Abingdon until his retirement in 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Braham Counts; two step-daughters, Amanda Hancock and husband, Derek of Bedford, VA; Whitney Bourne and husband, CJ of Lawton, OK; three sisters; Teresa Halsey and husband, Chris of Abingdon, VA, Daphne Marcinek and husband, Michael of Monroe, CT, Tina Counts of Bristol, VA; seven step-grandchildren, Wyatt Bourne, Kase Hancock, Calvin Hancock, Crew Hancock, Emmie-Lou Bourne, Lainey-Kate Bourne, Hayes Bourne; nieces and nephews, Ryan Halsey and wife, Katie, Reid Halsey and wife, Brooke, Justin Marcinek, Ashley Marcinek, Cameron Parish and Connor Parish.
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