(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
27 Nov 1927 - 5 Jul 2016
Charles William Thomas, 88, went to his heavenly home on July 5, 2016.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 8, 2016 from 9:30AM-11:00AM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. A Funeral Service will follow on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:00AM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Ray officiating. A Graveside Service will be at 2:00PM at Macedonia Cemetery, Shuqualak, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing.
Charles was born to the late Lewis Edward and Sallie Jane Burks Thomas, a farmer and a homemaker, in Ethelsville, AL on November 27, 1927. He was a graduate of Caledonia High School where he was voted Most Handsome. He enrolled in the Army and served his country at the end of WWII as a prison guard in Tokyo, Japan. He was also a member of the Army’s boxing team. He had three brothers, the late James Thomas, David Thomas and Edward Thomas. He also has a sister Eloise Spruill of Columbus, MS. His family taught him how to work hard and love unconditionally.
Charles was blessed with a loving family. After the war, he began working at United Technologies, where he was employed for 38 years and where he met his one and only love. He married his best friend, Elizabeth Flake Thomas on June 23, 1956 at Bethel Baptist Church in Columbus, MS. They made their home in Columbus, MS and often spent their weekends at their camphouse in Shuqualak, MS. He was a member of McBee Baptist Church in Columbus, where he sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher and served as a deacon. He was also a member of the Possum Town Barbershop Quartet in Columbus, MS. He was a singer, musician, teacher, gardener, hunter, fisherman, but most importantly a Christian and a father. Charles helped raise three children with patience, love and humility. He taught them to love God and showed them how to have a relationship with God. From the beginning, he dedicated his children to God and encouraged them to explore the beauty of the gospel through his example, music, devotions, and the world around him. He was kind and soft-spoken, but always had a joke ready to tell. He loved his family and his friends with everything he had. He loved people and people loved him. You never saw him without a smile. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Creator.
Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Thomas, of Columbus, MS; his daughter – Debra (Gary) Wright, of Columbus, MS; his sons – Doug (Terry) Thomas, of Starkville, MS and Darrell (Ann) Thomas, of Shuqualak, MS. He has four grandchildren – Karen (Bryan) Windle, Kristi (Richie) Davenport, Cory Bullard, and Melanie Moore, all of Columbus, MS. Charles leaves behind five great granddaughters – Abbey Windle, Eva and Charlee Beth Davenport, and Kinsley and Harper Bullard.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Flake, Travis Flake, Richie Davenport, Gary Wright, Bryan Windle and Chuck Dawkins. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class at McBee Baptist Church, Columbus, MS.