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Obituaries

May 22, 2014

William R. Thomas Jr.

THOMASVILLE — Services for William R. Thomas Jr. will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 23, 2014, in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church. Mr. Thomas died May 21, 2014. The Rev. Dr. Milton C. Gardner and the Rev. Marty Carnes will officiate. Mr. Thomas was born in 1927 to Mr. And Mrs. William Richard Thomas Sr. He and Jeanine Dodgen were married on Aug. 8, 1950, in Atlanta. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanine, and five children; Susan Terry (Zack), of Destin and Thomasville, MaryLu Odom (Keith), of Lilburn, Rick Thomas, of Thomasville, John Thomas (June), of Jasper, Tenn., Laura Throop, of Gulfport, Miss.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Jim, and wife, Joan. Bill was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was very patriotic and enlisted in the U.S. Navy the week he graduated from Thomasville High School. After the war, he entered the University of Georgia School Of Pharmacy. While at Georgia, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, Rho Chi scholastic pharmacy fraternity and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. Active in First Baptist Church of Thomasville, where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 12, he served as a teacher, department director and longtime deacon. He was named honorary lifetime deacon at the age of 70. He participated in mission trips, including church building in New York, and worked with Southern Baptist in Vancouver during the Expo in 1986. He became affiliated with Thomas Drug Store with his family in 1950, and opened the Gordon Avenue store in 1954. Bill retired in 1984. As a pharmacist, he served on the State Board of Pharmacy for five years. During his working years, he served on the YMCA board and the Chamber of Commerce board. He served as a director of the Commercial Bank for 31 years. He was a member and past president of the Thomasville Kiwanis club with more than 30 years of perfect attendance and was made an honorary life member. Jeanine and Bill enjoyed the North Georgia mountains and had a cabin at Skylake for 25 years. They were active at Helen First Baptist Church and were the longest continued members, having started when it was meeting in a doublewide trailer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Georgia, 114A Mimosa Drive, Thomasville, Ga. 31792 or charity of your choice. Guests may sign the online register at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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