OBITUARY

Charles E. Thomas

December 17, 1937January 8, 2020

Charles "Charlie" Edward Thomas of Lexington, SC passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020. He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all his heart. He enjoyed western movies, giving out orders, making people laugh, spending time with his family, helping those in need and most of all serving Jesus Christ.

Charlie was retired from the US Army after 12 years active service. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. While in service, he was promoted from Private to Captain. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

He is survived by his children, Ken H. Thomas and fiancé, Doris Moorer of Pelion, SC, Mark A. Thomas (Redd) of Lexington, SC, Mark E. Thomas and wife, Lisa, of Columbus, NC, Lee E. Thomas and wife, Kathy, of Leesville, SC, Lisa A. Miller and husband, Lewis, of Pensacola, FL, and Kelley Thomas Nettles and husband, Robert, of Lexington SC; grandchildren, Matthew J. Miller (Maffey), C. Taylor Thomas (T-Man), Christian L. Thomas (Bam Bam), Kennedy Grace Tyler (Pum Pum) and Keaton M. Tyler (Keaton Bear). He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Harriett Owens Thomas; his parents, Harry Edward Thomas and Virginia (Jean) Jennings; brother, Billy Ray Thomas and sister, Rena Thomas Hageman.

The visitation will be Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, 503 N. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM. Burial will be Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

The family will be returning to the family home at 124 Ridgecrest Drive, Lexington, SC 29072 after the service is complete. They have asked that family and friends stop by and celebrate the joyous and well-lived life of Charlie (Papa No Toes)!

Services

  • Visitation one hour prior to the service Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Burial Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Memories

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Lisa Miller

January 12, 2020

One of my earliest memories of Daddy and one of the biggest life lessons that he thought me is to do it right the first time. I was probably about 10 years old and we lived on Deer street which had a huge kitchen packed with tons of dishes. Dad got the one not so clean fork that I’d just put away. I had to wash rinse dry and put up every dish in that kitchen. He taught some really hard lessons and we all probably hated him for that moment but what a gift he gave us to teach us how to do right. There’s never been a doubt in my mind that he loved me beyond measure.

Kelley Thomas-Nettles

January 12, 2020

Oh Daddy, there are so many things to say. You were my WORLD. You were Kennedy Grace and Keaton’s WORLD. I am completely lost without you. I know Jesus and Momma are so happy you are with them. My buddy, my rock, my best friend...my Daddy! RUN CHARLE, RUN...you have all 10 toes now!!!

Kathy Thomas

January 11, 2020

Dad thank you for loving me like a daughter. I never felt like a daughter-n-law because you always made me feel much more! I will miss the trips and time you ,Mom and me always made to Florida and other places. We always had special times so much laughter and fun! God gained a special Loving Dad! You always put family and God first. I know Mom welcomed you with open arms and I sure you walking on the shores of heaven. I will truly miss talking about the Bible with you and sharing bible verses . You will truly be missed ! Love you Dad ❤️

Kathy Thomas

January 11, 2020

Dad you always made me feel like a daughter instead of a daughter-n-law! I have such good memories of you and Mom ,the trips we shared the laughs we shared. Most of all I’ll miss the name Kathleen! No one ever called me that but you! Oh Dad I’m happy you are with Mom and worshipping Jesus but I will truly miss your laugh and calls when I needed to talk. We loved to talk about the Bible together and share bible verses. I know you telling Jesus some great stories right now ! I love you Dad ❤️

Mark Thomas

January 11, 2020

My Daddy, I always loved you and respected you so much. You are the back bone of my hard work and the man that I became. There are far too many memories but the best one that I can remember is you and granddaddy taking me fishing in Charleston Harbor, I must’ve been six or seven and catching my first big bass and making me real it in by myself. That memory always stays with me and always will. I love you very much Pops and always will!

Tammie Covington

January 11, 2020

Thinking of you!

Tammie Covington and Mary Warren

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY