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FRITTS, DR. TOM D., SR. - joined his Savior, Jesus Christ in Heaven, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Dr. Fritts was born in Kingston, TN on November 27, 1926 to Dr. John L and Georgia (Cate) Fritts. He was the former Pastor of Deerbrook Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Humble, TX. Dr. Fritts is survived by his son, Tom D. Fritts, Jr. and wife Glenda of Harriman, TN; grandchildren; Marty Fritts of Lenoir City, TN, Justin Fritts and wife Milicent of Wartburg, TN; Amanda (Fritts) Jones and husband Wendell of Oliver Springs; Rodney L. Sampsel, Jr and wife Susan of Watford City ND; Tanya (Sampsel) Williams and husband Roy of Dickson, TN; great grandchildren; Zachary Fritts, Kayman Fritts, Silas Fritts, Andrew Sampsel, Fallon Sampsell, and Grace Williams. Special mention of his dear friend and confidant Helen Smith of Humble, who has stood with and supported him since the death of his dear wife. He was preceded by wife Thelma Raye DeLaney Fritts; daughter Phyllis Diane Fritts Sampsel; and son-in-law Rodney L Sampsel, Sr. Dr. Fritts holds an AB degree from Belmont University in Nashville; BD and M Div degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville. He was an active Rotarian in Humble, TX as well as civic and social leader in numerous organizations throughout the Humble/Houston area. He is a published author of four books "A New Testament" Diaconate", "From The Garden of Thorns to the Table of Grace", "The Great I Ams of Jesus", and "Locating God's ways in the Hebrew Alphabet"; published by Crossbooks Publishing Company. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Sharp Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Dr. Fritts' remains will then be transported to Humble, TX, where the family will receive friends on Saturday, August 30th from 12:00-2:00 p.m., at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble, TX with the service following at 2:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Rosewood Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers the family request that you please purchase one of Dr. Fritts books from Crossbrooks Publishing Company or Sharp Funeral Home of Oliver Springs in conjunction with Rosewood Funeral Home of Humble, TX is honored to serve the family of Dr. Tom D. Fritts, Sr. An online guest register can be viewed at
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Sharp Funeral Home
209 Roane Street Oliver Springs, TN 37840
(865) 435-7261
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 28, 2014
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