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A native of Mobile, Tom graduated from Murphy High School in 1956 and joined the United States Marine Corps in June of the same year. His active duty service, which included duty as Supply Chief in the 2nd Field Artillery Group, Fleet Marine Force, was highlighted by Meritorious Promotions to both Corporal and Sergeant. Upon his discharge from active duty in August of 1959, Tom continued his service in the Marine Corps Reserves and was honorably discharged in August of 1962 as one of the last ‘Buck’ Sergeants. He is also the recipient of the Good Conduct Award and Medal.
From 1962 to 1973, Tom worked throughout the Southeast in the trucking and transportation industry in the operations and management field.
Upon his return to Mobile in the early 1970's, Tom continued his commitment to the local community by becoming a leader in the motor vehicle industry. In 1974, he established his own company, Claxton Auto Supply & Machine Shop where he remained as president and owner until his retirement in 2004. The same year he began what would become life-long passion with the motor sports racing industry, building and owning race cars of all types at the local and regional level. Through his over 30 years of service to the Mobile racing community, Tom has become known as the Dean of South Alabama Motorsports and the Doctor of ‘Auto’ology, giving back to the community through mentoring local race stars including Rick Crawford and Cale Gale while at the same time focusing on the needs of local auto consumers on his numerous TV and radio programs. Not one to ‘retire’, he currently hosts Claxton’s Car Show on 106.5 FM in Mobile.
Over the past decade, Tom has served the veteran’s community from the local to the National level with numerous organizations including Homes For Our Troops. He has joined his two loves, auto racing and veteran’s issues, on a number of occasions to support various veterans’ causes locally and nationally. He is also a member of the South Alabama Veterans Council.
Tom has two children and two grandsons. He continues to call Mobile home.