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Thomas "Tommy" Stephen Sweat

March 20, 1944 ~ December 18, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Thomas "Tommy" Sweat Obituary

Mr. Thomas Stephen “Tommy” Sweat, 79, of Patterson, passed away late Monday evening, December 18, 2023, at Memorial University Health in Savannah.

Born in Patterson, GA on March 20, 1944, he lived in Pierce County all his life.  Mr. Sweat had served in the National Guard for six years.  While working for Hiers, he helped develop the Griner Sweat & Hiers Tobacco Combine known as the GS & H Tobacco Combine. Mr. Sweat would go on to retire as a maintenance supervisor for Gilman Building Products. Mr. Sweat loved hunting and fishing as well as woodworking and working on machines. Spending time with his family always gave him great joy.  He was a member of Patterson Baptist Church.

He was a son of the late James Henry & Lena Estelle Thornton Sweat.  He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ken Martin; and all of his siblings: Lydia Nell Sweat Mills, Emelyne Sweat Walker, Mary Sweat Hancock, Claude Davis Sweat, John Carl Sweat, Leonard Burney Sweat, and James Henry Sweat, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Driggers Sweat of Patterson; two daughters, Delores Sweat Martin of Waycross and Dana Sweat (Rob) Craven of Waycross; two sons, Thomas Stephen Sweat, Jr. of Waycross and Simon Sweat (Maggie Perritt) of Patterson; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Sweat Dangerfield of Blackshear; 10 grandchildren, Sierra Taylor (Marcus Green), Stephen Taylor, Jr., Kayla (Russell) Copeland, Wrangler (Amanda) Martin, Lewis Allen Leggett, Jr., Jayden Watt, Remley Sweat, Riley Manders, Brittany (Jamie) Inman, and Kaiti (Jonathan) Miller; 6 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Sweat will be held Friday afternoon, December 22, 2023, at 2:00 o’clock from the Patterson Baptist Church with Rev. Edmund Thrift officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock.

Interment will be in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.

The family would like all retirees for Gilman Building Products to serve as honorary pallbearers.  Please meet at Patterson Baptist by 1:30 on Friday.

The family kindly requests that memorials be made to the Nunnally House, 2415 Parkwood Dr., Brunswick, GA  31520 or

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangement. 

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December 21, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home
659 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516

Funeral Service
December 22, 2023

2:00 PM
Patterson Baptist Church
5770 Main Street
Patterson, GA 31557


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