Thomas Lawrence Daniel Fiedler
August 21, 1997 - October 1, 2020

Thomas Lawrence Daniel Fiedler, 23, of Jacksonville, NC and formerly of Chinquapin, NC died as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while riding his beloved motorcycle.

Thomas was born on Thursday, August 21, 1997 in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  On March 29, 2003 he took the name of Fiedler upon his adoption to Larry and Adrienne (Lusk) Fiedler.  At the age of 5 he moved across North Carolina to the east coast where he saw the beauty of the ocean for the first time.

As a young boy Thomas developed a love for the ocean.  He was an avid fisherman, boggie boarder and ghost crab hunter.  He played on the baseball, soccer and track teams in his youth.  He was a Boy Scout, a member of a choral group and a regular visitor at the local library.  He attended Temple B’Nai Sholem Hebrew, a religious school in New Bern, NC.  As a teen he was a member of the Beulaville Baptist church youth group.  Thomas also attended and loved the 4-H summer camps.

In 2014, Thomas graduated High school at the age of 16.  He enrolled in James Sprunt Community College.  In 2018 he graduated from Schenck Corps and was honored with addressing his graduating class.  He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and headed to Parris Island, SC, while his fiancé, Heather B. Carothers was finishing her studies at Schenck Job Corps.  Following boot camp, he was stationed aboard at Camp Lejeune in the 8th Engineering Support Battalion.  He relocated to Jacksonville, NC, where Thomas and Heather were married in October of 2018.  He was quickly promoted to LCpl and settled into his work. Thomas purchased a home in Jacksonville for he and his loving wife in the fall of 2019.  They were both overjoyed by the wonderful news of their first child due in the spring of 2021.

Thomas leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife, Heather Carothers Fiedler of Jacksonville; his parents Larry and Adrienne Fiedler of Chinquapin, NC; his biological parents, Cornelius Robinson, Lillian Tesner Rhymer; his brothers and sisters, Holly Robinson, Caroline Mandy Weiss, William Rhymer, Grahm Fiedler, and Grace Fiedler, his grandparents Helen Lusk, Kit Fiedler and Bill Fiedler, his aunts, Heather Fleming, Elizabeth Fielder, Lenore Fiedler, Mickie-Ann Bundy, and Laura Fiedler.  Also surviving are his uncles, Walter Koch, Christopher Fleming, Andrew Fiedler and Joe Bundy; cousins Rachel Voght, Dana Voght, Jesse Voght, Kiera Kennedy, Autumn Spray, Gabriel Fiedler, Sarah Fiedler, Jared Spray, Joshua Spray, Ava Fleming and Helena Fleming.

A service to celebrate the life of Lance Cpl. Thomas L. D. Fiedler will be two o’clock Thursday afternoon, October 22, 2020 at Coastal Cremations & Funeral Care, 441 Center Street, Jacksonville, 910.353.1401 with Lt. Jason D. Everson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be offered on behalf of Lance Cpl. Fiedler to any USMC Charity, your local foster care services or any animal shelter.

Thomas will be forever missed by his loving wife, parents, family members and many close friends.

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations & Funeral Care of Jacksonville NC.  Online condolences may be shared at


  • Desiree Ferderer Posted October 6, 2020 3:55 pm

    A damn fine young man guided and shaped by two of the most incredibly gracious and steadfast individuals I have ever met. Thomas, you were committed to your duty and an honorable and courageous young man, everything a Marine should be. You represented your brotherhood well. Your mischievous spark will be missed deeply by those who knew and loved you. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife Heather and the Fielder Family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers daily.

  • Toni Henry Posted October 6, 2020 5:26 pm

    From one Marine Mom to the family of this wonderful hero. We pray for you all. May God hold his wife, parents and family in his loving arms. Semper Fi Family Forever!!!

  • Alex Reese Posted October 6, 2020 9:58 pm

    He was an incredible man. He filled so many peoples lives with joy and laughter. He was a shoulder to cry on, the voice of reason, and such a loyal friend. He will be deeply missed by so many, myself included. May the Lord bless that child with all the love and kindness and bravery their father had. And may He also wrap Heather and the Fiedler family in His love and comfort.

  • Lacy Davis Posted October 9, 2020 11:28 pm

    For one MoM to another, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your family are in my prayers from Louisiana.

  • Sherry Posted October 10, 2020 11:12 pm

    Larry and Adrienne,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son…. We have so many fond memories of Thomas and his outgoing personality while he was enrolled at the PCRS. I also remember how proud you were when he completed his welding certificate.

    We are all sending thoughts, prayers, and hugs for your entire family and especially for Thomas’ wife and their beautiful baby…. Thomas positively touched so many lives and his memory will forever be a blessing.

  • Joanne Grossman Posted October 11, 2020 6:58 pm

    A life lost too soon. May you rest in peace??

  • Christopher Smith Posted October 13, 2020 1:27 am

    Good man, Jentle and Caring man with a ruff exterior to hold it all in. Who valued friendship, the pure joy in life and the little things at every turn. I have only known him for a little over a year but from the time we spend together, long talks and getting into the things we loved together. He was what I considered to be one of the closest friends that I had in a long time. He will be deeply missed and remembered through us all. My thoughts, prayers and support goes out to the family.
    He was always like a brother to me, I will never forget the time we had and the impact he made on us all.

  • Wendy Westrope Posted October 13, 2020 5:28 pm

    My heart goes out to you my fellow Marine Mom ♡ I’m sorry for your loss of your son ‘ Marine… your in my thoughts and prayers may your beloved son rest in peace ♡ semper fi

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