Thomas Randolph Fulghum of Mableton, Ga., died at home on Feb. 7, 2018. Tom was born on Feb. 6, 1957, the second of five children of Joan and Charles Fulghum.
Tom showed an interest in science and engines at an early age. He built and enjoyed blasting model rockets up into the sky into which he packed unusual cargo, including one time a pet rat from his personal collection.
He read science fiction books by Heinlein, Asimov and Bradbury, who were his favorite authors. He enjoyed constructing elaborate race tracks and competing with his friends to see whose sled, bike, or slot car raced fastest.
In 1966 Tom attended Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, where he met Elliot Galloway, his mentor and lifelong friend, who founded his own school in 1969, and from which Tom graduated in 1975.
Tom became a certified diesel mechanic at Dekalb Community College in 1977, and worked on train engines. He then went west to locate oil reserves using a thumper truck to obtain seismometrical calculation. He worked for North American Container Corporation for many years, where he was the one person who knew how to run and repair every machine.
He was an avid hiker of the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Parks.
Tom is survived by his father, Dr. Charles B. Fulghum (Carole McCarson) of Atlanta, his brother Charles (Eileen McCartin) of Vienna, Va., his sister Carol (Blake Silver) of Roswell, Ga., and his brother John of Canton, Ga., a niece and two nephews.
Tom was predeceased by his mother Joan and his sister Betsy. A graveside service is planned at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Ga. on March