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In loving memory of
Fate “Thomas” Scott
  • December 19, 1945
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  • March 06, 2021

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Even today, if you asked Tom how he was doing, you would hear, “if I was any better I couldn’t stand it”.  Tom loved great food, a good bourbon (back in the day), his beloved house on the lake in Rutledge, TN, all of his four legged furbabies (there were a lot) and the woman he spent 54 years (51 married) living an amazing life with, Karen Stidham Scott.   He taught his children to be financially secure, cheer on his beloved Volunteers and love without boundaries.  He loved his two daughters this much (arms wide open), Kristie Ann Scott and Lora Leanne Scott-Shelton.  And, was thrilled to welcome his son in law to the family, another bourbon aficionado, Nate Shelton.

 

Tom missed the line the day God handed out patience and on March 6, 2021 God decided his patience had run out and called him home.    His parents, Henry Alton Scott III and Myrtle Gertrude Dail Scott of Knoxville, Tennessee would have been bursting with pride to see the life he built.

 

He is survived by his brother who he loved and spoke to almost daily and competed with to be “the one with most toys wins, Henry (Scotty) Alton Scott, Jr. and his wife Melissa.   Tom passed along his love of cars to his beloved nephew, Michael Scott.  Michael’s family including his wife, Karen Scott, daughter Candace, granddaughter Daisy, and son Tyler spent many a family gathering at Tom’s lake house eating great food and listening to fantastic music.  Tom missed spending time with his niece Lisa and her family.

 

Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home in Apopka, Fl. helped Dad jump on his motorcycle and ride to his next adventure.   Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee will become his last parking garage at a date to be determined.


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  1. 27 Apr 2021
    Lynn Banta says:
    Love and miss you Uncle Tom! Dad and I think about picking up the phone to call you often! Wish we had your number in heaven! I miss hearing your uplifting cheerfulness! Dad really finds a huge hole in his life with you not there to fill it! He loved you closer than a brother!! He says “You weren’t supposed to check out like that!” Thank you for loving us! You certainly made sure we knew you did! Love Lynn and Everett and family

  2. 24 Apr 2021
    Bob & Suzanne Brooks says:
    How Bob and I enjoyed our visits with Tom and Karen at the lake! As a kid, Tom taught me how to water-ski! Always such gracious host and hostess. We loved the pontoon boat rides, but Bob's favorite was speeding across the lake in the "cigarette" racer! I'll never forget, as a Junior in high school (1968), the day Tom came up the driveway in a fancy sportscar with music playing and pulled out a small plastic container and explained, "This is my music!" He introduced me to the Cassette Tape!! Brand spankin' new in cars! What a guy! We'll all miss him.

  3. 23 Apr 2021
    Katia & Sasha posted an image:
    Sasha and I were sent this picture recently and it struck me because I remember this moment very well. It wasn’t what some would call a “special” moment per se, so I don’t know why it has stuck with me all these years. Karen came over and said to us “girls come take a picture with your Uncle Tom” and we sat on each side of him. As she snaps the photo Aunt Becky came over and was raving about how cute the picture was (as she does ;)) and Karen jokingly says “a thorn between 2 roses” and we all laughed. I remember looking over at him smiling and hearing his deep tummy laugh. It was obvious that family was very important to Tom, the way he cared for everyone. Even when they were poking fun!
    Sasha and I were sent this picture recently and it struck me because I remember this moment very well. It wasn’t what some would call a “special” moment per se, so I don’t know why it has stuck with me all these years. Karen came over and said to us “girls come take a picture with your Uncle Tom” and we sat on each side of him. As she snaps the photo Aunt Becky came over and was raving about how cute the picture was (as she does ;)) and Karen jokingly says “a thorn between 2 roses” and we all laughed. I remember looking over at him smiling and hearing his deep tummy laugh. It was obvious that family was very important to Tom, the way he cared for everyone. Even when they were poking fun!

  4. 22 Apr 2021
    Mary Jo White posted an image:
    One of Tom's many new cars.
    One of Tom's many new cars.

  5. 22 Apr 2021
    Mary Jo White posted an image:
    Tom and Karen's beautiful home in Tennessee.
    Tom and Karen's beautiful home in Tennessee.

  6. 21 Apr 2021
    Debra lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2021 at 4:41:44 AM

  7. 20 Apr 2021
    Mary Jo White posted an image:
    8-13-07
    8-13-07

  8. 19 Apr 2021
    Kimber Beeler-Working posted an image:
    Uncle Tom was always one of my biggest cheerleaders! He would check in on me during college and would call me with every new job to tell me he was proud of me. But ultimately my greatest memory of him, is in the lake. We loved being on the boat with him! RIP Uncle Tom.
    Uncle Tom was always one of my biggest cheerleaders! He would check in on me during college and would call me with every new job to tell me he was proud of me. But ultimately my greatest memory of him, is in the lake. We loved being on the boat with him! RIP Uncle Tom.

  9. 19 Apr 2021
    Becky Bell posted an image:
    Becky
    Becky

  10. 19 Apr 2021
    Becky Bell lit a candle:
    Lit since April 19, 2021 at 4:10:56 AM

  11. 19 Apr 2021
    Becky Bell says:
    Tom has been in our family so long that he was a brother to all of us. He was a very generous man. He loved the accomplishments of any family member. My greatest one was the birth of my twins, Kimber and Deborah. When they were born, he gave them each gold earrings with a little diamond in them. He said "I wanted to be the first man to give them a diamond". When I was in the hospital for 4 months, he sent me flowers, the only ones I got. They cheered me up! Tom was bigger than life! He was a good husband and father, making sure his family was well provided for. I'm so glad he was a part of my life. Tom, may you rest in peace.

  12. 18 Apr 2021
    Sherry Helton lit a candle:
    Lit since April 18, 2021 at 4:51:56 PM

  13. 18 Apr 2021
    Terri Lane lit a candle:
    Lit since April 18, 2021 at 4:41:11 PM

  14. 18 Apr 2021
    Terri Lane says:
    Tom was one of the best.,,known him just about my whole life! I was just a little kid when he started dating my big sister! He was always happy, kind, fun and giving. He loved to share his blessings including unlimited boat rides, big barbecue picnics, his stories and mostly his time. He loved his wife, kids, pets, friends, and all of his big family of Scotts and Stidhams in a big way. And of course his Vols and his Corvettes!! Did I mention he had a big heart? One of the biggest! I sure miss you Tom.. .. forever in our hearts...❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  15. 18 Apr 2021
    Mary Jo White lit a candle:
    Lit since April 18, 2021 at 4:23:41 PM

  16. 18 Apr 2021
    Mary Jo White says:
    "Fate Thomas", gosh it seems odd to call you by that name, but it was yours and I'm not sure how many knew that. You have left us, my beloved "brother", and you will be so missed. You were kind of a bigger than life guy, ya know. In life you had many adventures, had a wonderful wife, raised the best two daughters and provided them with a marvelous lifestyle. You did your job as a husband and father and in-law well. I have lots of wonderful memories that I'm so thankful for and when it comes to be my day, I cant wait to see you and all my loved ones again in the house of Our Lord. In the mean time, tell Donnie that I miss him. Farewell dear Tom.

  17. 16 Apr 2021
    Mary Jo White posted an image:
    May 25, 2016
    May 25, 2016

  18. 16 Apr 2021
    KD8B lit a candle:
    Lit since April 16, 2021 at 4:27:47 AM

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