Ross Thomas Jr., 86, died June 5, 2012.
He was born Nov. 4, 1925, the son of the late Ross Thomas Sr. and Florence Thornton Thomas. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of the Rock Bar Baptist Church in Coffeeville.
As a young boy, he worked at a nearby logging company. Later, he joined the U.S. Navy. After returning home, he traveled north, working for Southern Rail Road in Kansas City, Mo., when he returned he was employed as an orderly at Jackson Medical Center, Searcy State Hospital and then Arrington Nursing Home, where he later retired.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving and devoted wife, Marguritt Simon Thomas; three devoted children, Henderson (Mary) Thomas, Chicago, Ill., Paul (Michelle) Thomas, Hazel Thomas, both of Mobile; loving daughter-in-law, Sarah Thomas, Chicago; two granddaughters, Dr. Tammara Thomas of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Angela Thomas Seals, Chicago; six grandsons, Rodney Thomas, Andrew Thomas and Robert Thomas Jr., all of Chicago, Byron Thomas, Jackson, Kendrick Thomas and JacQuan Thomas, both of Mobile; one great-granddaughter, Zoe Sparks Thomas, Chicago; greatgrandson, Antwan Thomas, Jackson; sister-in-law, Lizzie Jackson of Jackson; devoted niece, Anissa Norwood and devoted family member, Maxine Thomas, both of Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, church family and good friend and neighbor, Jimmy Madison.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his brother, Willie; three sisters, Ethel, Dellie and Bertha; and one son, Elder Robert Thomas.
Viewing will be June 15 at Jackson Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m., at the Rock Bar Baptist Church with the Rev. Amos Hill, pastor, and Bishop W.C. Curry, officiating.
Interment will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Jackson Memorial Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Mr. Thomas’ nephews, cousins and friends. Honorary pallbearers will include Henderson Thomas, Paul Thomas, Andrew Thomas, Rodney Thomas, Robert Thomas Jr., Byron Thomas- Loggins and Kendrick Thomas-Henderson. Flower bearers will be his nieces, cousins and friends.