Tom appeared in the reboot’s very first episode “You Can’t Fix Ugly,” which premiered in 2018.
“A highlight of Tom’s life was being cast on the Netflix show, ‘Queer Eye,'” his obituary read. “He enjoyed the notoriety and shared his experience with whoever would listen!”
The obituary noted the truck driver from Georgia is survived by his daughter Katie Phelps, his grandsons Chandler and Watson Phelps, his sisters Kozetta (Jeff) Stewart and Jackie Lynn Childers and several other family members. It also stated that a celebration of life was held on March 12.
“In lieu of flowers,” the obituary read, “please watch season 1, episode 1 of Queer Eye on Netflix and tell others about it in honor of Tom.”
– Reporting by Charles O’Keefe