A native of Aiken SC, Tom relocated to Spartanburg at age five, attending Spartanburg High, the Citadel, and Erskine College. He enjoyed a 37-year career as the Environmental/Safety, Security Director at Spartan Mills. Tom has been married for over 50 years to his wife, Lucy, with whom he shares two sons and three grandchildren.
Tom has coached youth sports for over 40 years, including little league, pony league, youth football, and even an all girls soccer team. A Scout Master for 10 years, he has also volunteered with Project AWARE, through which he taught seven men to read and write. Tom’s hobbies include fishing gardening and model railroads.