Born in Springhope, NC to Sammy and Sadie Sherrod, Tom was one of thirteen children and grew up as a hardworking farm boy. Being the first of the children in his family to graduate from high school, Tom then served three years in the Army, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam as a supply specialist. After his stint in the military, Tom worked for the US Postal service in West Columbia SC, retiring after 27 years. Tom married Barbara Joann Wallace in 1968 and he has 2 stepchildren and 4 grandchildren.
An original member of the Carolina Rebels, Tom plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals, drawing from his extensive knowledge and love of gospel, country, and bluegrass music. Tomís high pitched bluegrass lead vocal style is well suited to build three and four part harmony around.