James W Thomas

May 27, 1957September 24, 2020

James Walter Thomas was the youngest child of the late Walter and Sarah Luvenia Thomas (nee Fields). He was born on May 27, 1957 at Easton Memorial Hospital and transitioned to his heavenly home unexpectedly on September 24, 2020 at his home in Columbia, MD. He grew to adulthood in Bellevue, MD where he developed his lifelong love of basketball and swimming. As a child, he was affectionately known as Jim Dandy, as a teen by his peers as Kabola, and lovingly in adulthood by family and others as Jim or Jimmy. He attended public schools in Talbot County graduating from St Michaels High School in St Michaels, MD in 1975. Immediately following high school, Jimmy entered the US Air Force where he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant following one tour of duty. Jimmy sought out continued education in Essex County, NJ and in 2005, graduated from the University of Phoenix. In 1997, Jimmy met his future soulmate, Shelley Garbutt. They were married on August 31, 2000 and remained so until his death. Jimmy found his niche in the medical field working first for Hill-Rom Medical Device Company rising from equipment delivery to management during his time there. Seizing an opportunity, he later took a position at Agiliti Health where he served as a Clinical Specialist serving the MDVW region. Never one to let grass grow under his feet, Jimmy was an adventurer. He never hesitated to jump behind the wheel or on an airplane to visit someplace new or one of his old haunts. Even so, he was often drawn home to Bellevue and the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he still maintained friendships from his early years. Jimmy made friends wherever he went. He would always greet you with a “what’s up Cool Breeze?” that was his favorite line. He was an affable sort who loved to laugh and to hear the laughter of others. In return, people enjoyed and sought out his company. He was an avid stone and gem collector. He could tell you the name and background of each gem that he collected. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Freda M Wright (Eugene); and four brothers, Jerome B Fields (Ruby) of Stone Mountain GA, Herbert Franklin Green of Easton MD, Chester M Green of Cambridge MD, and Nelson P Thomas (Barbara) of Hillsboro MD.

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Lois Mead

October 17, 2020

I am going to miss Jimmie very much. He was such a decent guy. He was caring and respectful . Hard working loved his Shellie and Ch iqui . RIP Jimmie

Irosa Enabulele

October 17, 2020

I live right across the street from Mr. Jim, I would see him every morning or afternoon on my way to work or from work because we either were heading out to handle life as we both would say out loud to each other. I would always yell across street to greet him and he would always say what’s up Big Man. Hearing him and seeing him was motivating to keep pushing through my days and seeing him when we both come back from work was like hey another day knocked out. He would always say to me when he sees me walking my dog that he wants a puppy from the litter, I will respond you will be the first person to get one. Mr Jim was a cool guy, always happy and laid back. Seeing him by his car everyday or other day, I would always ask how are you doing or how was your day. Now that God called him home, I have just been driving by or parking my car, taking a moment just look at his car like my neighborhood friend is no longer here but he is around looking from heaven. Mr Jim was a great neighbor and a motivator to me, you will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in Paradise Mr Jim.

Josephine Hughes

October 11, 2020

My Name Is Josephine Hughes, I’m a Friend To Shelley And I Also Use To Do Her Hair Back In The Days, That’s How I Did Meet Her HUSBAND , Her HUSBAND Will Welcome You In To Their Home With A Big Smile And A Handshake, Her Husband Use To Be A Carrying And A Wonderful Person And SHELLEY once again I’m so sorry for your LOST MA as our LIBERIANS people will say, May His Soul Rest In Perfect Peace GirlFriend.

Finda Solee

October 2, 2020

I will miss Jimmy as we called him. I am close with his wife Shelley. We have been friends for twenty years. I will miss him most during the summer when he would drive down to Eastern Shore and bring us back the best crabs ever. Shelley and I will sit there and eat as many crabs as we can eat.
Rest in peace Jimmy.

David Johnson

October 1, 2020

James (Jim) as I called him was a good friend of mine. We had worked together from 2009 to 2016. He helped me get that job. We had a lot of fun times together. Gonna miss you brother. R.I.H. 😢😢

Arlene Moaney

September 30, 2020

You were my first love we had some good times we did things together that no one will ever know lol. You where a very good father good provider a good friend and a protector of your family. I will miss you so much our talks and the laugh will always be in my head I love you so much but missing you already rest in sweet loving peace until we meet again.

Jennifer Thomas

September 30, 2020

"Jim Dandy," as we called you in school. You were a very funny, good friend and awesome classmate. We always got along, all through school from fifth grade to high school.
When I saw you in St. Luke about ten years ago, I felt so ashamed because, someone else had to tell me who you were. When you said Jennifer, then I caught your voice. But, that was
my fault. Because I had not seen you in probably forty years.
Continue to RIP my friend

Aisha Fields

September 30, 2020

My favourite uncle... I can’t believe I’m writing this. Where do I begin and how do I put in a box just how much you meant to me. I have endless memories of spending summers with you from it being at grandmas house to visiting you in Baltimore, New Jersey, and Columbia. You were often a father to me and would spent countless times counseling me and making sure I was good. You had a heart of gold and your laughter filled a room. I will cherish all the memories I have of you forever. I love you and will miss you. I still have the last voicemail you left me and I listen to it often especially since I won’t be able to hear your voice calling me cool breeze and darling. Forever in my heart 💓

Leslie Johnson

September 30, 2020

I had just thanked you for your birthday wishes for me then i found out the next day you where gone! Of all the birthday wishes that day you was the only one to tell me i love you in your own Jim dandy way your message said HAPPY BIRTHDAY I LOVE YOU DUDE ! and DUDE i love you too! UNCLE JIMMY you will be missed by many but by none more than those who knew you well ! You leave us all a lasting loving memory of a life well lived and a person well loved i will miss you uncle Jimmy from my sight but you will live for eternity in my ❤

Jason Worley

September 28, 2020

I met Jim back in 2013 while I was working at UHS. He traveled to Norfolk, VA to help me do a bed in-service for a hospital. Jim had no obligation to help me but came out of the goodness of his heart to help. We hit it off instantly and the nurses loved him. Jim was sincere, genuine, and had a spirit that lit up a room. Jim was my favorite person to work with and will be sorely missed. His spirit lives on.


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