William C Thomas Jr.

June 6, 1931November 4, 2012

William C. Thomas, Jr., 81, Cornwall, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday November 4, 2012 in the Lebanon VA Medical Center. He was the husband of Sally A. Reilly Thomas with whom he would have celebrated a 60th wedding anniversary on December 22nd. He was born in Atkins, VA on June 6, 1931 a son of the late William C. and Ruby L. Anderson Thomas. He had been a Road Master for the highway department for many years. He was a U. S. Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict with the 8th Army, 27th Wolf Hounds, where he received 2 Purple Hearts and 3 Bronze Stars. He loved the Lord and was a member of the Open Door Baptist Church. Bill was an avid organic gardener and loved woodworking. He was a life member of the NRA and a voracious reader. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan due to his respect and admiration of head coach Tom Landry. In addition to his wife he is survived by children: Audrey A. wife of Mervin Kissinger, Lebanon; Alan K. Thomas, Lebanon; Marcia E. wife of Russell H. Krause, Lebanon; Melinda R. Centini, Lebanon; Michael A. Thomas and wife Rachael, Cornwall; Mark J. Thomas and wife Christine, Cornwall; daughter-in-law: Wendy Thomas, Lebanon; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 1 Great Great granddaughter; brothers: Sammy, Dale and Lonnie Thomas; sister: Wanda Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son: William C. Thomas III and sister: Joyce Haga. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 A.M. in the Open Door Baptist Church, 875 Academy Dr., Lebanon, PA 17046 where a viewing will begin at 9:30 A.M. Interment will be made in the National Cemetery at Ft. Indiantown Gap with full military honors. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to his church or to the Lebanon Christian Academy, same address. The Rohland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Viewing Friday, November 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2012

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December 11, 2012


suzanne colahan

December 11, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

joe kirsch

November 9, 2012

our sincere condolances to the thomas family, mark, uncle thunder and
especially mrs thomas, our prayers are with the thomas family. GOD bless you all.
nancy mark and joe kirsch family

Becky Watson

November 8, 2012

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

November 8, 2012

Just found out about Bill from uncle Pat last night at the Knights. Will say a prayer for you and the family.
Love, Skip & Linda

Ray & Helen Shortt

November 7, 2012

Sally and family, Helen and Shortty, as well as their children, are lifting you in prayer to Our Loving Father God. Asking Him to carry you through this painful experience of grief, carrying you on the days you need,sending inner peace when your heart can accept, and wrapping His loving arms around you until your joy returns as He Has promised. Tom and your family has brought much joy and beautiful memories to our lives and our family through your friendship of many years. Love, prayers and blessings to you all.

November 6, 2012

Hey Mark, sorry to hear about your dad, I know you loved him, and had a lot of respect for him. Praise the Lord as well because that is who he is with right now!! Mike Mangano