Celebrating the life of

Dr. Thomas Edward Votau, Ph.D.

September 26, 1942 - April 15, 2020

Dr. Thomas Edward Votau, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas E. Votau, 77, passed away on Wednesday April 15, 2020, at his residence in Savannah,

Thomas was born in Covington, Kentucky on September 26, 1942. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Thomas Votau and Margaret H.K. Owen. Dr. Votau was educated in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida public schools and graduated in 1960. At the age of 17 Dr. Votau enlisted in the United States Army. He was trained as a Medical Corpsman with a specialization in X-ray procedures. He was honorably discharged, early release, on August 14, 1963 to attend college.

Dr. Votau worked as an X-ray technician in the emergency room of a hospital in Ft. Lauderdale while attending Florida Atlantic University. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 1967. Dr. Votau was selected for specialized education and he received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama in 1971 and 1974 consecutively. He was a graduate teaching assistant while at Auburn University.

Dr. Votau was employed by the federal government Department of Veteran’s Affairs as a Staff Psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Tuskegee, Alabama from 1974-1979. He also worked at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee from 1979-1986, and the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia from 1987-2001.  He retired in 2001 after 30 plus years of exemplary service.

Dr. Votau also worked in several private practices from 1987-1996. He was licensed to practice psychology in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee.

In 1994 he married the former Kathy Sears of Vidalia, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of almost 26 years, his brother, David Votau of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, stepson Clint Clemens of Savannah, Georgia, 11 year old step granddaughter Layla Clemens, and beloved niece Alexandra Votau of Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Votau was an avid golfer and he served on the adjunct faculty staff at South University and former Armstrong Atlantic State University (now Georgia Southern University) until late 2014.

No services will be held at this time. A Celebration of Life with Military Distinction with honors will be announced later.




God bless this wonderful man. Lord you have truly gained a wonderful angel!! Lord hold his sweet wife tight and give her strength. Amen.

- Barbara C Wilson, Savannah, GA

Kathy, my heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Thom was so nice when I went to see him in the hospital at Memorial, the same time my mother was there. You both made such a sweet, loving couple. My prayers for you and your family during this time of loss. May God bless your family. Peggy Shipes

- Peggy Shipes, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Dear Kathy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tom was such a close and wonderful friend to me. We had such great times together and he was always there in time of need. He loved people and loved life as well. We will miss him beyond words.

- daniel breitberg, LAKEWOOD RANCH, United States

Kathy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you lots. I am here for you.

- Georgia P. Miller, Richmond Hill, GA

Deepest condolences during this time of grief. We're thinking of and praying for you. ~ 'Bro' Bill and Terri Edwards

- William Edwards, Pine Lake, Georgia

Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I never had the opportunity to meet your husband, but your love and devotion to him has been a shining example to others. My prayers are with you and your family.

- Dru Fentem, Warner Robins, GA

Kathy my heart hurt for you Clint and Layla. I pray for comfort for you in the coming days. I am always here my friend and a phone call away.

- Steve and Cathie Campbell, Lyons, Georgia

Kathy so sorry for your loss, our hearts and prayers are with you.

- Tammy Crandall, SALISBURY, NC

Kathy our prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time. Many prayers to you.

- Kendall Driggers, St Augustine, Florida

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Kathy, during these difficult times, Remember to Stand on God's Promises and Receive His Amazing Grace! Sending much love to you, Clint and Layla!

- L.D. and Tanda Cink, Vidalia, GA

I cannot express i any words the loss of my beloved brother, Thom. He was the cornerstone of my life ... the one I always turned to, the one who was always there for me, the one I looked up to and admired. To never see, or hear his voice again, to me is unfathomable. My deepest sympathies and love go out to his wonderful, devoted and loving wife, Kathy. Thom is in the care of God's hands now ... he will ALWAYS remain a part of me. Love, your little brother, DAVE

- David Votau, Fort Lauderdale , Florida

A candle has been lit!

You know our thought and prayers are with you and we are here for you.

- Robin and Dee Christy, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Continued prayers for the coming days that lie ahead as well. I love you Kathy.

- Tami Hilton, Pooler, Ga

A candle has been lit!

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending Hugs.

- John and Debra Reeves, Vidalia, Ga

Tio Thom. I dont know where to begin. I know we saw each other time to time due to our distances but everytime I spoke to you on the phone, we would have long intellectual conversations and that just inspired me so much as a psychology student. I want to make our Votau family proud and do amazing things for us. You were so successful and such a great uncle to me. I miss you and I wish I could hear your voice again. I know you will be watching over us and me as I journey through my studies. Everything in this journey I will do in remembrance of you, Thom. I always loved talking about you. I love you so much and so does the family. I hope paradise is wonderful.

- Alexandra Votau, Orlando , Florida

My deepest condolences for you and and your family Kathy. Peace be with you during this time.

- Maria Pittman, Williston, Florida

I am so sorry for your loss. I want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please let us know. I know Thom was a wonderful man and l know he loved his family very much. We will be praying for you. May you find comfort and peace in the days to come. God Bless, The Macoy's

- The Macoy's, Vidalia, Georgia

Kathy, with deepest sympathy we pray that the Lord speaks to your Heart and gives you comfort to help you through this difficult time. "I will not leave you comfortless-I will come to you." John 14-18

- Randy Sears and Family, Hephzibah, GA

Still thinking about you and your family Kathy.

- Pam Langston, Vidalia, GA

Kathy, I am so sorry. I enjoyed working with Dr. Votau at the WPDC in Claxton. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Cindy Seago, Claxton, Georgia

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Jo N. O’Conner , Vidalia , Ga

Kathy, Praying for you and your family during this time. May your love and memories provide comfort and loving reflections of a life well lived. May the peace of Christ rule in your heart!

- Lakisha , Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel