Charles Reid Thomas

June 16, 1998November 7, 2018
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Charles Reid (Charlie)Thomas passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Charles Reid, born June 16, 1998, was a long-time resident of Hendersonville, TN and an active member at the Long Hollow Baptist Church. Charles Reid was a gentle soul with a soft spirit and gift for finding beauty in the broken. He was an avid animal lover and worked at Pet Supply Plus in Hendersonville. Charles Reid was a 2016 graduate of Beech High School where he was a member of the school’s band, and was currently studying biology at Volunteer State Community College with hopes of working as a Fisheries Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Charles Reid found peace and joy in the art of fishing and the outdoors, and was passionate about caring for his collection of specialized aquatic life.

Charles Reid welcomed all into his world without judgement or fear, and loved them just as they were. He was patient, passionate, personable, positive, patriotic and a young man of great faith. He took the time to talk to and connect with those he came into contact with. He will be remembered for his warm heart, friendly face, open arms, and gentle spirit.

He is survived by his loving parents, Greg and Ginger Thomas, his 16 year old best friend and younger brother Anderson Thomas, and the love of his life Allison McMurtry. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Thomas of Hendersonville, TN and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wade Andrews of South Fulton, TN. His premature death has deeply affected his community and he will be forever missed by his family, his friends, and all that knew him.

A visitation will be held this Sunday, November 11, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Goodlettsville from 4:00-6:00pm with a visitation and service to take place on Monday November 12 at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville. The Monday visitation is 11:00-1:00 with the service starting at 1:00 followed immediately by an interment at the Hendersonville Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Charles Reid’s passion for rescuing animals, the family requests memorial contributions be made to FREEDOM FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY or AN ANIMAL RESCUE OF YOUR CHOICE.


  • Drew Lowry, Pallbearer
  • Wade Lowry, Pallbearer
  • Elliott Sloan, Pallbearer
  • Austin Shelton, Pallbearer
  • Chase (Austin) Eller, Pallbearer
  • Ben Vickory, Pallbearer
  • Tom Herschberg , Pallbearer
  • Brooke Lowry, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sara Lynn Lowry, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lauren Adams, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ashley Thomas, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Erika Thomas, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, November 11, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018

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Adam Clark

November 15, 2018

Charles always left his saxophone assembled on the instrument shelf in the band room. I kept asking, “who didn’t put their instrument away?” Of course no one would tell on Charles! I always cautioned, “someone will regret that one day.” I always thought someone would bump it and damage it- but little did I know that the day would come in such a different fashion.

Fast forward to a Saturday morning on the big field as we practiced for a competition. Charles called out from the field “my horn won’t work. Something is wrong.” I told him to bring it up to me.

I could not seem to figure out why it wouldn’t work as he tried to play it. Over and over again we tried different buttons but nothing fixed it. I finally decided to take the mouthpiece off and then discovered that some creatures had set up home inside his instrument!!

Mr Miller ghasped. I simply handed it back to the horrified Charles Thomas and said- “well, guess we solved that.” Charles looked at me and replied, “you said we shouldn’t leave the horn put together so, I guess I’ll go take care of it.”

Off he went to “fix” his instrument. Later that day I found him at the contest and we laughed and laughed about it. Charles was so fun, and his sense of humor so refreshing. He will be missed so much.

David & Diane Haney

November 13, 2018

Greg and Ginger,
We are so very sorry for your incredible loss. May God comfort you in the days ahead.

Larry and Carol Lynch

November 13, 2018

We don't know Charles Reid but we do know Greg and his parents, Glen and Sandra. Our hearts know what you are going thru and we send love and prayers your way. We will continue to pray for you in the difficult months ahead.

Brooke Lowry

November 12, 2018

There are too many good memories to share about Charles Reid!!! The time when he decided we were finished with family Christmas photos and began to sing “So long, Farewell!” From Sound of Music then proceeded to take a bow and exit the room! Saralynn and I remember taking him to the theme park in Alabama and he cared more about getting refills for his giant souvenir cup than riding the rides! Of course we will always remember him trying to save the spiders that fell in our boat in North Carolina! He was the most special boy and we will all be more accepting and loving to others because of him!

Dean Austin

November 12, 2018

I never had the privilege of meeting Reid, but in reading the comments about him, I see the apple didn't fall far from the tree. I grieve with Greg and Ginger. I love them both and being a parent myself, can only begin to imagine their sorrow. But knowing them both as children of the Most High, I know they, like myself, do not grieve as those without HOPE. May His peace fill your heart and mind. Amen.

Joann Hunter

November 11, 2018

I never met Charles Reid, but Mom shared great stories about him at work. My heart aches for the family and friends of this young man who was taken too soon. Find strength in each other and the wonderful memories that you share. Blessings.

Judy Andrews

November 11, 2018

October 26, 2002. Charles Reid serving as ringbear at Allyson and Bobby’s wedding. Twirling the pillow and and sticking the pin in it. He was so bored with the ceremony and found a way to entertain himself. Made every one smile except Ginger and Greg.

Elliott Sloan

November 11, 2018

Freshman or Sophomore year of church camp, Charlie and I found ourselves being shot at in a very intense game of paintball. There was a stream of water next to us and we kept next to it while we ran towards the back of the battlefield.

After a while, I turned around to face where we were being shot at only to meet two paintballs that quickly pelted off of my vest jacket, hitting me but not eliminating me since the paint didn’t explode. All of this sent me into the water below.

Charlie saw this, jumped down there IMMEDIATELY, yelled “BROTHERS ‘TIL THE END MAN!” then lifted me up out of the water like it was a war movie scene.

But it didn’t stop there. While the water was still dripping off of our now hot and uncomfortably sticky clothes, Charlie looks at me with a big smile and says “I know where everyone else is now! We can flank ‘em from behind and get revenge!”

We then proceeded to do exactly that, and we ended up winning the game. True story.

It was the ultimate moment that truly captured our friendship and I’ll never forget it. For the rest of my life. I love and already miss you, Charlie. I’ll never have a greater friend or brother than you.

Nancy Thompson

November 10, 2018

I'm sorry I never had the opportunity to meet Charles Reid, I was blessed to share the friendship of his wonderful Mom through our nursing journey at Murray State , my thoughts & prayers are with you Ginger, my heart aches for your family.

Becky Ownby

November 9, 2018

Charles Reid was such a wonderfully sweet child. He just had a genuinely lovely spirit. I was his librarian at Beech Elementary School for 4 years and I just loved having him in class, reading stories to him and sharing good books with him. He was one of those students that had a quiet manner and kindness and gentleness to him. My heart is full of sadness for all of those who loved him who are now left to mourn the loss of his life. I simply have no other words except that you know what a gift you had in him, for having had him to love for the years you did. It will never be enough time with someone so sweet as he. You are in my thoughts constantly now.