Georgia MUFON pays tribute to one of our own


Marine Honor Guard Photo By: Lance Cpl. Melany Vasquez
Photo By: Lance Cpl. Melany Vasquez


As State Director I was only recently made aware that one of our former State Directors, Retired College Park Chief of police Walter Thomas “Tom” Sheets passed away October 2 of this year. I did not have the opportunity to meet Tom personally but his legacy was still going strong 10 years after his retirement as State Director. Most of what I know and write below was passed on to me by my predecessor who shared much respect for Tom.

“Tom Sheets was a fine man and an excellent leader. He served his Georgia neighbors and citizens locally as a dedicated law enforcement officer, and the Nation as a United States Marine in the Vietnam War. I’m honored to have known Tom and many others feel the same. Here in Georgia, upon his retirement from his police career he became a MUFON FI and eventually became State Director in 1998. He served from then until mid-2004 then again from 2007 through 2009.”    R. Howard, SD 2010-2017

Tom continued working with MUFON International after being State Director for Georgia, including helping establish the Office of Professional Standards and serving as its first Administrator. He also worked on various special projects for then MUFON International Director James Carrion. I have the greatest respect for State Director W. Tom Sheets and am honored to have such broad shoulders to stand upon.

Scott Cantrell
Georgia State Director
Alabama Assistant State Director

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  1. Milton F Gregory Jr

    November 23, 2019

    I knew Tom back in the 80’’s and remained a friend from the first day I met him. I was Dir. of Security at what was then the Renaissance Hotel located in College Park. Chief Sheets swore me in as an auxiliary police officer for College Park. I had nothing but the highest regard and respect for Tom, and my heart sank when I learned of his passing. After his retirement and my transfer to the Atlanta Renaissance I only spent little time with a man who had such an impact on my life. Rest In Peace my dear friend, you are now in the arms of God, a good place to be. My prayers for your lovely wife and family, I know you are missed already. Milt Gregory

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