Karen Margaret Johnson Thomas

August 1, 1954July 7, 2018

Karen Margaret Johnson Thomas, born August 1, 1954, left us on July 7, 2018.

Karen was born and raised in New York but moved to North Carolina to raise her 3 sons. Karen was highly thought of in the health care industry where she worked many years as a director. She had an infectious laugh and loved with her whole heart. She was a loving wife and best friend to her husband, and always looking to help her loved ones at every turn.

Karen will be sadly missed by her loving husband John Hurley Thomas, IV, her three beautiful sons, Shaun, Matthew and Daniel O'Connor, and her cherished granddaughter, Ava, her loving parents, Edward and Margaret Johnson and siblings, sisters Carlene Kohler and Kristin Johnson and brothers, Edward, Eric and Kurt Johnson. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews.

Visitation Service will be on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Chapel, 515 North Elm Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial on July 16th at St. Pius the Tenth Catholic Church, 2210 North Elm Street, Monday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Karen’s memory to, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105,


  • John Hurley Thomas, IV, Husband
  • Edward Johnson, Father
  • Margaret Johnson, Mother
  • Shaun O'Connor, Son
  • Matthew O'Connor, Son
  • Daniel O'Connor, Son
  • Carlene Kohler, Sister
  • Kristin Johnson, Sister
  • Edward Johnson, Brother
  • Eric Johnson, Brother
  • Kurt Johnson, Brother
  • Also surviving are her 13 nieces and nephews



  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 16, 2018

Karen Margaret Johnson Thomas

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Evelyn Lonardo-Necroto

July 12, 2018

I have always remembered her laugh, smile and warm personality. She will be missed by many including those she doesn’t really know! I prayed for you every day and night and now you are the guiding light for many. May you be welcomed home by many.

Margie Grella

July 10, 2018

John: I’m so sorry to hear about Karen’s passing . I so enjoyed the times Karen and I spent preparing for the team gatherings you hosted at your house. We had some great chats and good laughs. I know your heart is broken now but you have so many great memories of all you did together. Sending love and prayers. Please extend my condolences to all her kids especially Daniel as I had a connection with him and to her entire family. Margie Grella

Kim Tuza

July 10, 2018

To Karen's Family.....I am so sorry to hear of her passing.....We shared some wonderful memories as neighbors on North Oaks drive in Greensboro....Always In my heart....Kim