LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, Feb. 23 at the Livingston Church of Christ for Mr. Thomas, 95, of Livingston.
Father of Lebanon’s Richard Reed Thomas, he died Feb. 20, 2011 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Born July 9, 1915 in Memphis to the late Richard Alexander Sr. and Mary Leake "Mamie" Fletcher Thomas, he was an advertising sales representative, a member and former deacon of Livingston Church of Christ and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Thomas graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis (formerly Southwestern College) with a major in English and minor in Greek. He served as a part-time preacher at different small congregations in the Overton County area as well as a Sunday school teacher for many years.
Services were conducted by Brother Ken Williams. Burial was in the Overton County Memorial
Gardens with a military service provided by the Honor Guard from the James T. Davis Memorial Post 5062 of Livingston.
Survivors include: children Martha Kay Thomas of Livingston, Susan Linette (Richard)
Sain of Whitwell, Cynthia Gail "Cindy" (Larry) Albritton of Evansville, IN; Kenneth Lorin (Judy) Thomas of Murfreesboro and Richard Reed (Tricia) Thomas of Lebanon.
Also surviving: grandchildren Kenneth Alan Thomas, John Michael Thomas, Timothy Lorin Thomas, Christopher Kirk Thomas, Laura Beth (Thomas) High, Kathryn Dee (Thomas) Phillips, Trenton Lee Sain, Amanda Carol (Sain) Horn, Thomas Alexander Sain, Lauren Rebecca (Sain) Malecha, Philip Andrew Albritton, David Reed Albritton, Cammie Lynn Albritton and Erica Dawn Albritton; great-grandchildren Andrew Wilson Thomas, Adam Reed Thomas, John Tyler Thomas, Trenton Michael Thomas, Autumn Rylie Thomas, Lawton Daniel High, Carolina Grace High, Luke Thomas Phillips, Gavin Thomas Sain, Madelyn Elizabeth Sain, Caleb Andrew Horn and Colton Isaiah Horn; sister Mary Jane McIntosh of Richmond, VA; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Thomas is preceded in death by wife Beula Alvilda Reed Thomas, and grandson Ronald Wayne Sain.
Grandsons served as pallbears.
Memorial contributions may be made to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation in honor of Mr. Thomas' granddaughter Erica Dawn Albritton by visiting www.rettsyndrome.org.
Arrangements by Speck Funeral Home, Livingston.