Oliver Funeral Home of Winona, Inc.
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John Leslie Thomas
(July 25, 1938 - September 11, 2018)
Funeral services for Mr. John Leslie Thomas of Winona will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 15, in the Oliver Funeral Home
Chapel, with Rev. John Thomas and Rev. Jerry McNeer officiating the services. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona, with
military honors at graveside.
Visitation will be Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time, at Oliver Funeral Home.
Mr. Thomas, 80, passed away at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He was born in
Doddsville, Mississippi, on July 25, 1938, to John Davis and Eleanor Mary Watson Thomas. He was the retired manager of Mississippi
Valley Gas Company in Winona and a member of North Winona Baptist Church in Winona. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran and a member
of the Gideons International. Mr. Thomas will be remembered as a great husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his family and his dog,
Jodi. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Margaret Jane Thomas; his second wife, Maurine Thomas; grandson, Michael
Elam; and sisters, Mary Nichols, Martha Sue Thomas, and Ruth Kreis.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Margaret P. Smith Thomas of Winona; daughters, Brenda Kay Thomas Gray (John) of Vancleave and
Leslie Ann Thomas Watts (Shawn) of Hawaii; son, Ronald Leslie Lane Thomas (Sandy) of Anchorage, Alaska; stepdaughter, Becky Willing
(Butch) of Avalon; stepson, Charles Bruce Smith of Greenwood; sister, Evelyn McClellen of Houston, Texas; brothers, Charles Thomas of
Tutwiler and Jim Thomas (Arleen) of Melbourne, Florida; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy Thomas, Larry Minyard, Don Hodges, Charles McCrary, Windell Stoker, and Lawrence Braswell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Johnson, Ray Pickerly, and the Men's Sunday School Class of North Winona Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International, the Alzheimer's Association, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Sat., Sept. 15 11 am - 12 noon
Oliver Funeral Home
Sat., Sept. 15 12 noon
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Thomas family for this loss. He was a great uncle and wonderful brother to my
daddy. He will be missed.
Stephanie Elam and family
He was dearly loved and will be dearly missed. Until we meet again grandpa John!
May the peace of Christ be with Uncle Johns family during this difficult time. Much Love Stacy and Kim Rutland
Thank you, Dad, for the everlasting love you put into our lives & hearts. We will carry you with us forever! Love,
Shawn, Leslie, Reagan and Madison
Jim and Jean Rigney
Dear Brenda and family. So sorry to hear of your father passing. We send our love to you and your dear family. May
the memories you have with your father Carry you through Days ahead . We know God has his Loving caring arms
around y ou and y our family. God bless you Always love Jim and Jean Rigney
|July 25, 1938
September 11, 2018