Hopkins - Rector Funeral Home

4 Percy L. Julian Drive, Greencastle, IN


Margaret Maxine Thomas

January 8, 1930June 4, 2020

Our Beloved Margaret Maxine Thomas went to be with The Lord Thursday morning 4 June 2020. Born Jan 8, 1930 to Minter “Lee” and Nellie (Fodrea) Flanigan, Maxine lived a long life filled with music and family. Being from a musical family where older brother and 2 cousins formed the legendary “Four Freshmen” music group, it was always a big part of her life. A master pianist, Maxine always had a piano in the house. Living on a farm one could hear her play as they came up the very long lane to her house. She was one that could hear a song on the radio and within minutes be playing it as if she wrote it. Family and friends always enjoyed hearing her play and watching her “Liberace” flair. As a member of Hanna Street Baptist Church, Maxine was called on many times to play. She passed this on to her children as her eldest James Michael toured with Wayne Newton for over a decade, daughter Kathy active musically with the church and son Bob in a variety of groups and churches over the years. Family gatherings always had music. Maxine is sadly missed already and will be by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bob Flanigan and husband of 50 years Ralph (Gene) Thomas.

Surviving are son James Michael Paul Martzolf (Mary Ann Coury), Los Angeles, CA; daughters Linda (Martin) Welker (John), Kathy (Thomas) Dalton, of Greencastle; and son Robert Thomas (Kristi) Noblesville. Grandchildren include Jennifer Martzolf (Marcus) (CA); Melanie Welker, Stephen (Jena) Welker, Janet (Bill) Horton, David (Chasity) Wood, Jennifer (Pat) Girton all from Greencastle; William (Catherine) Thomas (LA); Jason Thomas (Peru); Brian and Emily Larkin (Noblesville).

Maxine also enjoyed the love and comfort of 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren as well the special families of Sally Pawoll (CA) and Teena Spencer of Greencastle.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Clinton Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until time of service.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 11, 2020


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Pam Posthauer

June 6, 2020

I was so, so sorry to hear of Maxine's passing. I always enjoyed hearing her play the piano at church! She had a true gift! I used to live just down the street from her when she lived on Avenue E, and when I walked my dogs I'd walk past her house and most of the time her 2 poodles would be out, so I came to call her house the "poodle house". Then I got to know her when she started attending Hanna St. Baptist Church and found out what a wonderful person she was. She will be sorely missed by many!