Thomas Edgar Wyatt

31 mai 195118 juillet 2021

Thomas E. Wyatt left his earthly home, Sunday, July 18, 2021. His loved ones would like to thank West Cancer Clinic and Methodist Hospital-Germantown for the fine care they took of him during his last illness.

Tom was born May 31, 1951 to proud parents Dr. George B. Wyatt and Margaret Giles Wyatt. He attended school in Jackson, TN graduating from Jackson High School. He attended college at the University of Tennessee – Martin and was a fervent fan of both Martin and Knoxville. He earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from what was Memphis State University where he was also a fervent fan. He was very proud of being a science nerd. Tom spent most of his adult career working for Memphis Light Gas & Water in the Electrical division in several capacities over the years. He retired in 2005 after 25 years with the company. He leaves behind many friends from those years.

During his time with MLGW he also taught part-time at the University of Memphis. In 2007 he joined the Herff College of Engineering as an adjunct professor, teaching basic circuits and senior courses for soon-to-be engineers in ethics and professionalism. Tom enjoyed mentoring and teaching his whole life. He loved the art of teaching and getting the best out of his employees and students. He still kept in touch with many of them as they started out their careers. In 2018, he was awarded the Herff Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award which he was very proud to receive. He retired again in 2019.

Music was always a large part of Tom’s life. He enjoyed all genres of music. He was a self-taught guitarist and played in a cover band with other MLGW employees for a number of years. He played guitar and was the lead singer. He sang briefly in the Memphis Men’s Chorus as well. Tom was a member of Grace-St. Luke Episcopal Church for over 40 years. He served on the Vestry twice, and Vestry Secretary once. He served on several committees, was a lay reader and Eucharistic minister. He wrestled with the sound system for a very long time. He sang in the choir, where he met Janet, his wife of 33+ years.

He leaves behind his wife, Janet (Strang) Wyatt, his children, Thomas E. Wyatt, Jr. “Ted”, and Margaret E. Wyatt (Jon) and his favorite grandchild, Olivia Gooch. He also leaves his brother, George B. Wyatt Jr. of Jackson, TN and his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Wyatt Engman (Ned) of St. Louis, MO, and a host of friends and loved ones who he considered family.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 26, 2021, at Grace-St. Luke Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave, Memphis, TN. The service is at 4:00 p.m. and visitation starting at 3:00 p.m. in Trezevant Hall. Masks are optional.


  • Janet (Strang) Wyatt, Wife
  • Thomas E. Wyatt, Jr. “Ted”, Son
  • Margaret E. Wyatt (Jon), Daughter
  • Olivia Gooch, Grandchild
  • George B. Wyatt Jr., Brother
  • Margaret “Peggy” Wyatt Engman (Ned), Sister
  • He leaves a host of friends and loved ones who he considered family.


  • Visitation

    lundi, 26 juillet , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    lundi, 26 juillet , 2021


Thomas Edgar Wyatt


Michael Moore, Jr.

27 juillet , 2021

Wow! It feels like only yesterday that I was in his class learning about armature and excitation currents. Tom was a professor who cared about the well-being and success of his students. He wrote my 1st job recommendation and further honored me by serving on my graduate thesis committee. I am forever grateful for his kindness, his compassion and moor importantly his time that he invested in me. Rest peacefully Brother Wyatt.

Russell Deaton

26 juillet , 2021

Tom was a great guy, a dedicated teacher, and great colleague. He was very much an asset to the Electrical and Computer Engineering program at the University of Memphis. As chair, I entrusted our capstone design sequence to him, and he did a great job. The students love him, though he did not take much guff. He will be missed.

Angela and Shawn Taylor

25 juillet , 2021

We are neighbors and knew Tom for many years. I remember moving beside them and Tom and Janet were very welcoming. There was one time they helped us during a family crisis and I will forever cherish the concern they had for us. My prayers to the Wyatts.
Rest well, Tom.

Harriet Emison Dyer

24 juillet , 2021

I remember Tommy well from our junior high school and high school days together. So sorry to hear of his passing.

Bobby Henderson

23 juillet , 2021

Tommy was my BFF through our close friendship growing up.Many of my best memories involved Tommy. He was caring, witty, fun -loving & humorous . He introduced me to my first true love; started our band in his basement; inspired my love of fragrances; & many other good times together. Some time back I went through some health issues,and even though we weren't still in close contact, he reached out to me from time to time to see how I was doing-genuine care, concern,& love. We spent some time catching up at our 50th High School reunion; for which I am so grateful.

My deep felt prayers for comfort for Janet & children at this very difficult time of loss & grieving.

Charles Bray

22 juillet , 2021

I knew Tom when he was a student and later as a colleague on the faculty. He was a genuine professional and had a strong passion for teaching and helping students. He also had a very good sense of humor and could usually see some humor in whatever situation we discussed. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him. As a summary statement, his was a life that was "well lived".

Allen Green

22 juillet , 2021

I knew Tommy at Jackson High and UT Martin. Used to double date a bit. I met my first wife through him and a mutual friend, Paul Hartz. What a character he was. I’ve not spoken to him since the early 70’s but out of curiosity, also being an Electrical Engineer, followed his career. Impressive! I am truly sorry for the loss of this fine man!

Scott Southall

22 juillet , 2021

Tom was my "buddy." He would come to visit almost every day and we would talk about everything - mostly students. Commiseration is what I would call it. I gave him advice and he gave me advice. I have missed him since his retirement and will continue to miss him as he has moved on to his Heavenly Home.

Madison Martin

22 juillet , 2021

I spent many hours in his office talking about problems I didn’t understand from class, my future, or even hobbies. Mr. Wyatt was such an influential person in making me the engineer I am today. Sending prayers to his loved ones.

Ahmed Abuhussein

21 juillet , 2021

The news shocked me. It felt like it was yesterday I was talking to him about my career. Mr. Wyatt was the best teacher, mentor, and advisor I have ever known. He had a great sense of humor. He was loved and respected by his students and colleagues at the University of Memphis. I owe him my success and knowledge. May God give him peace.