G. Thomas DuBose

March 23, 1935August 20, 2020

George Thomas DuBose, age 85 of Macon, Georgia passed on August 20, 2020.

DuBose was born March 23, 1935, in Macon, Georgia and attended Bellevue Grammar and Lanier Senior High (Class of 1953) schools.

At the time of his death DuBose held the position of International Past President of the United Transportation Union (SMART-TD) and was a member of SMART-TD Local 0535 at Macon, Georgia.

DuBose was an outspoken advocate for union rights, civil liberties, civil rights, and women’s rights. He was committed to improving the lives of those in need, especially children, the uneducated, and the homeless. He offered so much of himself to family and others through-out his long years of railroad and union service.

He began his railroading career in Macon, Georgia as yard brakeman for the Central of Georgia Railway (now Norfolk Southern Railway) in 1955 and was promoted to yard conductor in 1957.

Elected and served as Chairperson of the Union Local Committee of Adjustment from 1959, to 1963, and as Chairperson, of the Union General Committee of Adjustment from 1963, to 1967.

Elected Vice President of the International Union in 1967, and re-elected in 1971, 1975, 1979 and 1983. He also served as Union Labor Member on the National Railroad Adjustment Board in Chicago, Illinois.

He was elected Assistant International President in 1987 and elected International President of both the United Transportation Union and the United Transportation Union Insurance Association in 1991, with offices in Cleveland, Ohio.

Served as Chairman of the UTU International Board of Directors, UTUIA Board of Directors, International Board of Trustees, Editor of the UTU News, Member of the 1982 UTU National Negotiating Committee and Chairman of the 1987, and 1991 National Negotiating Committees.

In 1992, DuBose was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, a broad based labor organization consisting of 33 member unions which represents workers in all modes of transportation including aviation, rail, transit, and bus, longshore, maritime, trucking and related industries. TTD is the transportation policy umbrella organization of the National AFL-CIO, which represents over 12 million workers.

Served in the United States Army and Georgia National Guard.

DuBose is predeceased by his Mother, Ellen Louise Ezell DuBose; Father, Cecil Howard DuBose; sisters, Dolly Louise DuBose Smith, Dorothy Lee DuBose Ussery. He is survived by a son Mark Howard DuBose (Margaret) of Macon, Georgia; daughter, Marty DuBose Lee (Kenneth) of Bakersfield, California; grandchildren Matthew T. DuBose (Allie), Kristin R. Lee and Benjamin A. DuBose; brother, H.S. (Ace) DuBose, Pensacola, Florida. He is also survived by numerous close family members and friends. The family may be contacted at (478)-233-7608 or (661)-331-6068. In lieu of flowers, the family request that all donations be made to a charity of choice.

Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of the burial arrangements. There will be no visitation and graveside services will be private. To express condolences, visit


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Marty Lee

March 23, 2021

Happy Birthday Dad. Sure wish I could call you and say hello. Miss you so much

Love, Smarty

Kristin Lee

December 9, 2020

My name is Kristin Lee and Tom was my PoPo. I recently got engaged and I sure wish my Grandpa was here to celebrate with us. To honor him, my best friend gifted me this pin that will be attached to my bouquet on my wedding day. I miss him every day and wish he was still here, but I know he will always be with us.

Love and miss you always,

Tom Fuchs

October 2, 2020

I first met Tom at the 1987 United Transportation Union international convention. We became friends and remained friends during my 40 year career as a Conductor on BNSF railroad in La Crosse, Wisc.
He even took Amtrak from Chicago to attend Local311 monthly meeting in La Crosse once. I supported him in all his union representations. In my 20 years as a Local Chairman and Delegate, Tom was an invaluable resource to guide me. There are not labor friends, like Tom, in the industry anymore. My condolences to the family.


September 18, 2020

Marty, KD, Kristen, Mark and family. My sincere condolences to all of you. I pray that God will continue to comfort you in this time of sadness, and that his love will replace the emptiness in your hearts for the lost of your dad. He was such a special and great man. I will always remember the love and the joy that he had for his children and his family. Praying for you guy's. Much Love.

Daniel Elliott

September 10, 2020

Tom hired me in 1993 at the UTU headquarters in Lakewood, Ohio. I truly enjoyed working under his leadership at the union as a young lawyer. I had many lunches and laughs with him at the various local dining establishments. I will forever be grateful to him for giving me my start in the railroad world which I still work in today. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jay Smith

September 2, 2020

Our condolences to the Dubose family. Tom has been a great friend and mentor. When I think of him I always smile. He is the only person I know that would always send me a message wishing me happiness on every holiday. Tom will be missed. Fare thee well Brother.

Ronnie Green

August 28, 2020

I didn't get the honor to every meet Tommy but I had always heard alot about him through my Aunt Lois Dubose and my cousins Mark and Marty. After reading an article of his accomplishments and success I realize why he was such a great man. Mark and Marty and grandkids please know we are praying for peace and comfort during your loss. The lost of a parent or love one is never easy to accept but our strength comes from the Lord. Please know we are here for you and just a phone call or text away.

Rose Brodzinski

August 27, 2020

Tom was a beautiful person, he will be missed by those who knew him. May you rest in peace my friend, you will always live within my heart.

My deepest condolence to Mark and Marty. My prayers are with you.

Rose Brodzinski

Marty Lee

August 27, 2020

To My Father

Separated by death, together by love❤️

Miss you Dad

Jeff Weisbarth

August 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family during this time of loss. Tom was a good friend and taught me the right way to represent union members. His dedication was unending and he will be missed by all who knew him.