Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
2401 Southwest 64Th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 26, 1942 – December 2, 2019
George Achenkunju Thomas was born on July 26th, 1942 in Ranni, Kerala to the Late Kavunkal T. George, and the Late Thankamma George. He was the eldest brother to Jacob, Mathew, and Sherly. After completing his Secondary school at C.M.S High School, he went to S.B. College, Mar Ivanious College, and Catholicate College to further his studies, and work with the International Student Movement. In 1967, he was accepted into Cedorville University in Ohio, where he studied Education and the Bible for two years. After finishing at Cedorville, he attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Masters in Divinity. In 1971, he went to India and married his wife of 48 years Marykutty, on October 30th. She is the daughter of the late Dr. T. V. Cherian and the late Mrs. Mariamma Cherian. He was blessed with three children, Diana, Toji, and Shaam. Diana married Dr. Ajay Sood and had his first two grandchildren, Roshan and Anjali. Toji married Betsy and had his next 3 grandchildren, Jordan, Chase, and Riley. Although he studied divinity, he was called to provide for his community in another way. He pursued a career in the medical field and studied at Barry College. Over the course of his career he received his CCT, CRT, and RCVT certificates and worked at different hospitals.
In 2011, he suffered a major heart attack, however, the good Lord extended his life. In 2015, he had another heart attack. God was gracious and gave him another chance. Despite his health ailments, the good Lord inspired him to write books, and music about his love. God gave him the wisdom, understanding, and insight to write.
He is survived by his wife Marykutty, his Daughter Diana and Family (Ajay, Roshan and Anjali), his son Toji and Family (Betsy, Jordan, Chase, and Riley), his son Shaam, his brother Jacob and Family, his brother Mathew and Family, his sister Sherly and Family, as well as many Nieces and Nephews and their respective families.
George will be dearly missed.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestlawnsouth.com for the Thomas family.
- Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Prayer Service Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, December 6, 2019
- Graveside Service Friday, December 6, 2019
December 6, 2019
Bishop Dr. Thomas Abraham & Family fondly remember dear Achenkunjachayan. He was a loving elder brother to all of us. He was a perfect gentle man and a child of God to the core. He loved the Lord and His word so much.
He spent his retired life in meditating from the word of God and studying it deeply. As a result he was able to publish too devotional books- one in Malayalam and the other in English. The Malayalam book"Jayikkunnavante Prathibhalam"( Reward of the Victorious) was a study based on the book of Revelation. Now at the end of the day,he has gone to receive his reward from the Master for faithfully following him and serving him. The English book"The invisible God and the visible son of God" is a christological book about the incarnated son Lord Jesus, who made God visible in human form. All the pains and hardships he suffered during the earthly sojourn are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed when he sees the Saviour face to face.(Romans 8:18).
Certainly those books will remain as his valuable contribution to the Christian world and his lasting legacy.
We all pray for God's comforting hand on Marykuttymmama,Diana,Togy and their families and to Sham. Also we remember Babujichayan, Sanichayan,Sallymol and their families at this time of bereavement.
We rejoice in the hope of meeting Achenkunjachayan in glory in the presence of the Saviour. We join you in your sorrow and express our deep condolences and unfading hope.
Most Rev.Dr.Thomas Abraham & Family
Presiding Bishop of St.Thomas Evangelical Church of India.
And cousin brother of Achenkunjachayan.
Sosamma (Kunjumole) Cherian
December 4, 2019
Dear Nalammama, Diana, Toji, and Shaam,
A life well lived, Achayen was strong in his faith and his love of family. He has left so many good memories and I will cherish the moments we spent with him.
I wish you the strength of spirit to bear these coming days but I know that he leaves behind a strong family who will continue celebrating him and remembering him for all future family moments.
With all our love
Kunjumole and family (Suthi, Ketan, Sheryl, Mekha, Seema and kids)
December 4, 2019
My family is associated with Achenkunchichayan since 1970. I still remember his sermon in Mar Thoma Church'
kumplampoka in 1971 when he returned from
the United States. Few months ago I was given his book on Revelation. Last year my family visited Achenkunjichayan in Florida. Because of previously scheduled commitments I am unable to be at the funeral. His commitment,
dedication and contributions to our faith community will be remembered for ever. Let us
hope that the legacy of Mr. George Thomas be
continued. May the Almighty comfort all.
Philip Thomas, CPA , Dallas, Texas
Treasurer, Diocese of North America & Europe
December 4, 2019
Only 2 yrs in age difference from my dad but in features my local father lookalike. Thanks for sharing good times and wisdom with us all. I always appreciated your warm smile, hugs, and reminder of my own father who is far from me. May you rest in the peace you deserve for the long fight you fought! May your family have the strength to carry on your insights and peace knowing how much you were able to share and may they feel all the love that surrounds them now. Warm regards, udaya
December 4, 2019
Dear Achenkunjuchn !!
I am so sad of loosing you, but we All have to accept the reality of the death of our loved ones. I am so sorry that I am in India, and won’t be able to say my final goodbye to you. But my thoughts and prayers are present. I am glad now you are in a better place where there is no more pain and suffering. But I will miss seeing you at church and in your home. May your soul Rest In Peace !!
Love and prayers
Kusumam and Family
Forest Lawn Funeral Home South
December 3, 2019
Forest Lawn South would like to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.
We wish you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South Staff