OBITUARY

Fred Thomas Jr.

June 14, 1943September 25, 2020
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Born on June 14, 1943 to Fred Thomas, Sr. and Sallie Mae Thomas, Fred grew up in Lynchburg, South Carolina. As the oldest of eleven children, he was part of a large and close-knit family.

Fred was educated in the Lee County Public School system in South Carolina. At the tender age of 17, Fred had to take on the role as a father-like figure for his siblings when his dad passed away in 1960.

While living in Lee County, South Carolina, Fred met Alberta Coker, they married in October 1961 (1961 – 1974). The couple had three lovely children, Alfred (1963), Roberta (1964), Jeanette (1965) during their time in South Carolina. In 1965, the couple moved to Baltimore, MD, where they had their youngest son, Darryl (1967). During his time in Baltimore, Fred held jobs at Mrs. Filberts, Carr-Lowery Glass Company, and General Motors to support his family. When the couple parted ways in 1974, Fred continued to live in Maryland, eventually moving to Washington, D.C. to be near his mother and siblings who had moved there.

In October 1978, Fred started working for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) as a Bus Driver and Instructor. While working as a bus driver, he met Philomenia Jones, which lead to their marriage in May 1985 (1985-2000). Through their marriage, Fred gained two bonus children, stepson, Larry Jones and stepdaughter, Ronnica Brown. In 1986, the couple was blessed with a son, Fred Thomas III.

After 25 years of service at Metro, Fred retired and moved to Rocky Mount, NC. Shortly after moving, Fred started his own photography business taking pictures for events throughout the state of North Carolina and beyond. He loved to travel as he set sail on the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruises multiple times and visited various casinos across the country with several of his friends and family. Fred also enjoyed playing cards, spending time with friends, family, and in-laws, going on road trips up and down I-95, listening to music, talking about politics and current events, and watching news and sports on TV.

Fred was known by both family and friends as being loving, fun, wise, witty, patient, and hard-working. He loved to laugh, have fun, travel, attend a good party, and he deeply loved his friends and family. During his time at Metro, he was also an active participant in the Southeast Garage’s softball league. Above all of those things, he was always stylish in his dress and his fashion was impeccable.

Fred was preceded in death by parents, Fred Thomas Sr. and Sallie Mae Thomas; brother, Johnson Thomas; sister, Enzil Mae Thomas-Tabor; brothers-in-law, Freddie Johnson and Johnny Briggs; daughter, Jeanette Thomas-Durant Hinton; and sons, Alfred Thomas and Darryl Thomas.

He leaves to cherish and celebrate his memory, his children Roberta Thomas of South Carolina; Fred Thomas III (Jerrel), of Georgia, his siblings, Fannie Johnson of Maryland; Claretha Best (Jerome) of Maryland; Sally Briggs of Washington, DC; Roosevelt Thomas of Delaware; Sylvia Thomas of Maryland; Viola Cousin (Henry) of Maryland; Ruth Thomas of Maryland; Ruby Briggs (Jimmy) of Maryland, Sister-In-Law Maggie Thomas of South Carolina, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Service Information:

Friday, October 16, 2020 Wake - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM **Note: The wake is open to all visitors. Due to COVID-19, masks are required and no more than 50 people are allowed in the building at a given time.**

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Visitation - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Celebration of Life Service - 1:30 PM **Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Funeral will be reserved for family only**

Fort Lincoln Funeral Home and Cemetery 3401 Bladensburg Rd. Brentwood, MD 20722

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.fort-lincoln.com for the Thomas family.

Services

  • Evening Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

Memories

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Joyce Thomas

October 17, 2020

Uncle Fred,
I will miss you! Your radiating laughter always brought light to any dark situation. You will remain in our hearts forever!

Pastor Stefan Bailey

October 17, 2020

On behalf of the Beracah Baptist Church family, Pastor Bailey and First Lady Shenita, we offer our most heart felt condolences to Sis. Silvia Thomas and family during the lost of your brother. May God's grace be with you as you celebrate his life and legacy. Please know that the Beracah church family is here for you. With all of our love!

Pastor Stefan M. Bailey

Francine Haynie

October 15, 2020

Rest In God’s Arms Fred “smooth dresser” Everyone will miss your smooth style of dressing and your awesome smile. You will truly be missed by your family and many friends. 🎩🙏🕊🕊

JoyceAnn Rhomas

October 15, 2020

Uncle Fred,
I will miss you! Your radiating laughter always brought light to any dark situation. You will remain in our hearts forever.

Claretha best

October 15, 2020

to my beloved brother Fred I miss you so much and I hope that I will see you again you have been a blessing to me you alway was in my life my heart ache 🎶 💓 for I'm so please that I talk too you that thursday God call you home the very next day l will cherish your beautiful memories for the rest of my life R.I.P. my Beloved brother Fred your second oldest sister you all called me Retha

RUTH THOMAS

October 15, 2020

Having you as a brother, in a world that changes so fast, is one of the best parts of my present and my past. You will forever be in our hearts ♥️ 💔💔❣️🥀🥀 Love by your sister Ruth.

Claretha best

October 14, 2020

my brother Fred i misses you already you always been their for me lam very glad i talk too you that thursday God came and take you away the next day he didn't wont you too be in pains anymore love your sis, retha R.I.P

Jeannise Proctor

October 14, 2020

When I started coming to Rocky Mount, NC to visit my mother, I would always speak to Fred who would be sitting on his porch and he would ask me when was I moving down here, I would always say I didn't know yet. Then when I finally moved down here, Fred was sitting on his porch and I would let him know that I finally moved down here and he great. When the weather was nice outside I would always see Fred sitting on his porch enjoying himself and we always spoke to each other. Then there has been on several occasions when I would see Fred going to church or going to a special event, I would always give Fred a nice compliment because he was always dressed good. I would say to myself that Fred could be a model he was dressed so good no matter where he went. He was a terrific neighbor and he will truly be missed. RIP my friend & neighbor

Ruby Briggs

October 13, 2020

Rest In Heavenly Peace to my big brother Fred you will “Always Be In Our Hearts, Forever In Our Memory”, Love you big brother always and forever ❤️❤️❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹

“Baby Sister Ruby“

Sylvia Thomas

October 13, 2020

R.I.P. Big Brother, Fred. You were more than a brother to me, you were also my friend and card partner, I will carry the legacy on, but, it will never be the same without my Big Brother. You will always be in my heart. I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH, until we meet again.

Your, Sister Sylvia 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

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Fred Sr. and Fred Jr.

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Fred in his younger days

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Fred and Johnson

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Fred and Johnson

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Fred in his Metro Uniform

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Fred and Jeanette

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Fred III, Trenia, Roderick, Fred Jr.

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Darryl, Alberta, Jeanette, Roberta, Fred

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