Monday, November 4th, 1935 - Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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Willie L. Thomas, Jr., 83, born November 4, 1935 in Palmetto, Florida went home to be with the Lord on the morning of January 6, 2019. Elder Thomas, a retired pastor and founder of Royal Abiding Family Ministries helped others through his works and relationships with individuals, families, clergy, and faith organizations in the community. Elder Thomas led many to Christ. He retired from The Ohio State University as a systems analyst. Computer systems analysis and math were his specialty areas. He was also an entrepreneur. During his life he was a volunteer (Big Brother as a young father) and later in church ministries, teacher, mentor, counselor, and confidante to many. He was preceded in death by parents Willie L. Thomas, Sr. and Beulah Thomas (Moore), wife Diane Wiley Thomas and brother Franklin Delano Thomas. Father of eight children, five by first wife Janette Sales and three children by marriage to Diane Thomas. Survived by brother, Bobby L. Thomas and sister, Christine Thomas Smith(Al) ; children, Willette (Nate) Crawford, Dana (Chris)Trower, Ava Thomas (John Foster), W. Isaac Thomas, Lena Dodley, Tonya (LV) Jones, Tina (Rock) Craft and Kenneth W. Keels; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grand-children; cousin, Lorene Campbell-Byrd; special friends Charles Clark, Arthur Hill Sr; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Judah Christian Church
    972 Beechwood Road
    Whitehall, OH 43213
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 10:00am
    Judah Christian Church
    972 Beechwood Road
    Whitehall, OH 43213
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Gerald Rice
  • Interment

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 |
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019
    Glen Rest Memorial Estate
    8029 East Main Street
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Betty Humphrey

Posted at 01:04pm
Dear family we are sorry to hear about your loss death is difficult for family and friends; however, the Bible holds out hope for our deceased love ones found in the Bible book of John chapter 5 and verses 28 and 29. Why not read these scriptures in your personal copy of bible.

Peacefully Yours

For additional information about the resurrection hope please refer to JW.Org


Posted at 12:44pm
May the Family know that he is safe in Jehovah Gods memory awaiting for Him to instruct His Dear Son, Jesus Christ to fulfill the words he had spoken in John 5:28,29 which says: Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those on the memorial tombs " Or in Gods memory" will hear his " Jesus Christ" voice and come out, to a resurrection to life. But yet there OS another scripture that gives each of you a reassuring promise from Jehovah God, that will carried out, by Jesus Christ. Its found in Psalm 37:29 which says: The righteous will possess the earth and they will live forever on it. And so may these words of Hope give each of you a sense of love coming from Jehovah God thru Jesus Christ and go to to find out many other comforting words of Hope about what Jehovah Gods kingdom rule in the hands of Jesus Christ.

Lue Cindy Terry

Posted at 12:10pm
Heartfelt sympathies to you, Tina, and your entire family regarding the loss of your loved one. Praying that our Lord provides comfort and peace during this very difficult time.

OSU KRC staff

Posted at 07:37am
Willie's co-workers from OSU KRC fondly remember him. "Willie was always a fun person to have a few words with. I never hear anyone say anything negative about Willie. That says a lot." " Very sad to hear. Willie was one of my favorite people -- always with positive words and a smile." "Willie was a pleasure to talk with. Always a smile, good word or sage advice when you needed it." With sympathy to his family and friends.

Diane and Charlie Sanders

Posted at 12:13pm
Willie brought so many gifts to our life. He will remain in our hearts forever. We will miss him. with love and hugs
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