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Tommy David Knotts

May 21, 2022

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Tommy David Knotts was born on December 4, 1959 in Leland, Mississippi. As a result of receiving Jesus as his Savior earlier in life, he began his new pain-free life in Heaven on May 21, 2022. As a young boy, Tom learned the value of work by pumping gas and working in his parent’s small country store. Typical family activities included church, games, sports, go-carts, swimming, and vacations. Tom was a good student and many read his own humorous cartoon, “The Byrdman” a parody of one of his favorite teachers. Throughout his life, Tom exhibited a strong work ethic. While working with a large toy retailer, he was rewarded with a promotion to a large store in Connecticut. However, he missed the “good ole south” and his family and subsequently relocated. Tom continued working in retail management, manufacturing and after earning his degree, became a substitute teacher. In 2009, Tom began working at Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare in Dutton. He served initially as a mental health worker and then as a care coordinator. Unfortunately, throughout much of his life, he experienced numerous health issues, culminating with a health crisis in February 2021. As a result, Tom was unable to continue doing that which he loved. Along the way, he was known to many as a hard worker, a quiet and giving person, an avid animal lover, a die-hard Ole Miss fan, and a dependable friend to family and to all who were blessed to know him. Mourning Tom’s passing, but rejoicing with him in his “new position”, are his siblings, Janet Jordan, Dalton Henry Jr. (Lynn) Knotts, Joyce McClure, Maxwell Knotts, Steve (Tammy) Knotts; sister in law, Sue Knotts; nieces, Leslie, Wendy, Carla, and Patricia; nephews, Jonathon, Kevin, Joshua, Michael, and Paul; many friends, co-workers, clients, and family; his faithful, beloved, three legged canine friend and companion, Jack. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Dalton Henry Knots, Sr.; mother, Ruby Knotts; his bonus mother, Shirley Knotts; brother in law, Jimmy McClure; sister in law, LeeAnn Knotts; brother, Olen Knotts; niece, Sara Hardin. No services are planned, but, if one chooses, donations may be made to a local animal shelter or to the Mountain Lakes Group Home in Dutton. Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home, Scottsboro, AL.

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