Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Magnolia Church in Boyle. Burial will follow at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Shaw with Reverend Dwight Barker officiating.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland.
He is survived by his sons, Joseph Thomas Jr. of Toledo, Ohio, and Willie Earl and Calvin Thomas, both of Boyle; daughters, Loretta Holmes and Edith Thomas, both of Cleveland, Betty Wade of Ann Arbor, Mich., Debbie Bass of Greenville, and Alberta and Mashawn Thomas, both of Boyle; brother, L.D. Thomas of Chicago; sisters, Mae Francis Williams of Shaw and Ella R. Sledge of Georgia; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.