The Rev. Thomas died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his residence.
Born Feb. 8, 1936, in Hall County, he was a son of the late Solomon Thomas and Florence Loggins Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Jewell Dean Thomas Jr.; brother and sister-in-law, Merlin and Louella Thomas; brothers, Roy, Wiley, Cline Thomas and Willie Faye Thomas; brothers-in-law, Bill Sharpton and Denver Evans.
The Rev. Thomas was a retired meat inspector with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a Master Mason at Lula Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. The Rev. Thomas was an ordained minister and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he served as pastor for several years. He also served as song leader and Sunday School teacher for numerous years.
The Rev. Thomas enjoyed yard work, his chickens, keeping his pond stocked with fish, and having company over to swim in their pool. He was affectionately known by his family as “Posh,” having been named this by his two grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of over 51 years, Betty Jean Evans Thomas of Lula; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Greg Boling of Homer; grandchildren, Megan and Daulton Boling, both of Homer; sister, Elease Sharpton of Cleveland; sisters-in-law, Winnie Thomas and Ruby Thomas, both of Lula, Reba and Garland Lewallen of Baldwin, Elora Stargel of Gainesville and Ruth and Tim McCoy of Maysville; brother-in-law, Melvin and Emi Evans of Baldwin; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, July 9, and 2 p.m. until the service hour on Thursday at the funeral home.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, July 9, 2014