|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1961|
|Death: ||May 10, 2012|
Terri, a resident of Albuquerque since 1973 and recently of DeSoto, Texas; was predeceased by her father Harry L. Toppin; nephew Phillip H. Blair; grandmother Inona Bartee; grandfather Harry L. Toppin Sr.; and grandparents Otis and Lillie Clay.
Terri was survived by her mother Marjorie; sisters: Sharon and Jennifer; aunts: Corinne Ingram, Rosa Clay, Marie Johnson, Wilda Graham, and Jill Battle; uncles: Michael Bartee and William Clay; as well as cousins and a host of friends.
Terri retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel after 26 years of service. She was Deputy Director, of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Army and Air Force Exchange Service. She was currently a civilian employee with the Exchange as the Vice President of Services and Vending Sales Directorate. She was an active member of the Professional Christian Women in Service Association. Terri was born at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1983 with a degree in University Studies. She also earned Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Strategic Studies from Troy State University in 1987 and from the Air War College in 2002, respectively. Terri received her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of New Mexico and entered the Air Force in 1983. She served in numerous leadership positions at bases and higher headquarters levels including Services Operations Officer, Chief, Housing and Services Branch, Chief of Services, and Air Officer Commanding, Squadron 33. Terri deployed during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as Chief of Services in Masirah, Oman. She commanded the 39th Services Squadron at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and the 49th Services Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Terri also served as Chief, Legislative Issues and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Policy, Headquarters Air Force and Director of Installation Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
A visitation and celebration of Terri's life was on May 19, 2012 at French–Lomas Chapel. Interment with military honors was at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 824401, Philadelphia, PA 19182-4401 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Harry Leroy Toppin (1937 - 2011)
Note: Interred August 13, 2012
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 60 Site 10120
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Record added: May 15, 2012
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