Bishop Frank James Thomas Jr., 73, of Sweet Water died July 29, 2013 at the Choctaw General Hospital in Butler.
He was born June 6, 1940 to the late Rev. Frank Thomas Sr. and Carrie Thomas. He was a native of the Winn community of Jackson.
In 1969 he answered his call into ministry. He has pastured several churches in the area including Carlton A.O.H. and currently New Shalom Holiness Church in Sweet Water. For the past 23 years many were saved under his leadership and filled with the Holy Ghost; many were called to preach and sent out to pastor under his leadership.
He was the owner and operator of Old Fashion Car Wash and Wax, a very successful business, along with T&T Town Shop and Thrifty Store. He served as Chaplin for the Jackson Police Department for a number of years and was member of the Marengo County Ministry Alliance where he also served as Chaplin. For many Sundays he hosted a Sunday morning radio program on Jackson and Thomasville radio stations.
Bishop Thomas was a very kind and loving person who was always willing to lend a helping hand.
In 2004 he was joined in marriage to Grace Delois Johnson.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of nine years, Min. Grace Delois Johnson Thomas, Sweet Water; one daughter, Min. Sharon (Calvin) King, Jackson; four sons, Dr. Kenneth (Carolyn) Thomas Sr., Grove Hill, Rev. Llewellyn Thomas, West Palm Beach, Fla., Janator (Sandra) Thomas, Prattville, James (Renea) Campbell, Pensacola, Fla.; four sisters, Nancy (Rev. Howard) Chapman, Elizabeth (Walter) Taylor, both of Jackson, Mable (Johnny) Chapman, Mobile, Elder Mary Harmon, Grove Hill; one brother-in-law, Artis Johnson, Detroit, Mich.; devoted friends, Dea. Richard Jackson, Elder Robert Smith, Rev. S.L. Hives, John (Elizabeth) Class, Rev. Lofton, Rev. Alfred Law, Bishop Nobles; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Lonnie (Vicy) Thomas of Bronx, N.Y.; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and the New Shalom Holiness Church family.
Also preceding him in death were his wife of 44 years, Barbara Chapman Thomas; brother, James Roy Thomas Sr.; and two sisters, Carrie Mae Jackson and Min. Ethel Mae Burks.
The service was Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive No. 2 Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. Stevenson E. Tullis, pastor, and Dr. Kenneth Thomas Sr. as officiating minister. Burial was in the family plot in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Jackson.
Jackson Funeral Home directed.