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Thomas "Tommy" Winston Tait

December 8, 1933 — May 28, 2023

Fayetteville, Georgia

Thomas (Tommy) Tait of Fayetteville, Georgia passed away peacefully at home at the age of 89 on May 28, 2023, surrounded by family.

Tommy was born on December 8, 1933, in Deadwood, South Dakota to the late Robert and Viola Tait. He attended Albert G. Parish High School in Selma, Alabama and graduated in 1951. After high school, he farmed with his uncle in Camden, Alabama where he met the love of his life, Sallie Harriet Espy. They married on July 8, 1955, and started their family. He enlisted in the Navy from 1955 to 1959 and was stationed in the Philippians. After he was honorably discharged, he went back to Selma and worked for Stewart King and McKenzie wholesale grocery and started raising their family. They had three sons, Michael Winston, Thomas Douglas, and Richard Bryan. In addition to their three sons, they also raised his brother and sister as he lost his parents at a young age. In 1968, he moved to West Point, Mississippi and worked for Bryan Food. He lived there for 17 years, making lifelong friendships, and positively impacting his community. From there, he moved to Fayetteville, Georgia and lived for 41 years. Tommy was a dedicated Christian, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was well loved and respected by his family and community.

Tommy was preceded in death by his siblings, Roberta Ading (Tait), Jimmy Tait, and Margaret Adams (Tait), and his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Sallie (Hattie) Tait; sons, Michael (Dana) Tait, Doug (Robin) Tait, and Bryan (Mary) Tait; grandchildren, Ashley (Jason) Smith, Rachel (Corey) Ellis, Rusty (Macie) Tait, and Cadee Tait; great granddaughter, Carli Ellis; brother, Robert (Eilene) Tait; and his fur baby, Ruffy (aga doggie).

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, from the Selma Funeral Home Chapel in Valley Grande, Alabama.

Burial will follow in the New Live Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House or Tunnel for Towers in Tommy’s name.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Gentiva Hospice and Visiting Angels.

We welcome you to provide your condolences, thoughts, and memories on our Tribute Wall.

Final care and arrangements have been faithfully entrusted to the Selma Funeral Home of Valley Grande, Alabama.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Thomas "Tommy" Winston Tait, please visit our flower store.

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