Johnnie Thomas, Jr., Pipefitter
Johnnie McSweign Thomas, Jr., 82, died Wednesday, June 8 after a courageous fight with cancer. A faithful man, he left the earth assured of the peacefulness awaiting him with the Lord, his Father. He was born on February 8, 1929 to Mary and John Thomas in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Dudley. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Betty, of 22 years; children Pamela (Robert) Akins, Melanie (Roger) Paris, Marsha (Randy) Davidson, Jerry (Brenda) Thomas and Terry (Kathleen) Thomas; stepchildren Debbie (Alex) Katsacos, Marty (Rosemary) Farnesi and Vincent (Pam) Farnesi; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; one nephew; and three nieces.
Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Army and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a past president and a proud 60-year member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 234. Not only was he a skilled pipefitter by trade, he was well known in his church supper group for his macaroni and cheese and biscuits.
A viewing and visitation for family and friends was held June 10 at Glen Hill Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral services and a luncheon were held at the church the following day prior to the services.
The interment was held at Riverside Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Stephen Atkins, Brian Paris, Damon Thomas, Jason Thomas, Michael Thomas, Christopher Wood, Mike Wood and Devon Parker.
The family is grateful to everyone for their continued prayers, kindness and sympathy. Johnnie will be greatly missed.
Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home provided arrangements.