OBITUARY

Chief John R. Thomas Jr.

June 29, 1928May 10, 2019
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Chief John R. Thomas, Jr., 90, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Parkway Assembly of God with entombment at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Pastor Joe E. Williams and Rev. Sam Waldron will officiate. The family will greet friends from 5 until 8 PM Monday at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and asks those who wish to make donations to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 6611 Zebulon Road, Macon 31220 or Parkway Assembly of God, 5191 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon 31206 or the donor’s favorite charity. The family may be contacted at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Thomas, 101 Doe Run, Juliette, GA 31046.

Chief Thomas was born in Macon the son of the late Effie Rainey Thomas and John R. Thomas, Sr. He was retired District Chief of the Macon Bibb County Fire Department where he was on the department for 44 years. Chief Thomas was a United States Navy veteran, a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, attended Parkway Assembly of God. He was preceded in death by his siblings, H. W. “Duck” Thomas and Mary Waldron.

Chief Thomas was a State Commander of the DAV, a former board member of the Macon Softball Association, a former board member of the Macon Bibb County Pension Fund and was Fireman of the Year with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Chief Thomas is survived by his wife, Louise Ellis Thomas of Macon; children, Beverly Trice Lampp of Juliette, Rick Thomas (Elaine) of Bolingbroke, Randy Rutland (Donna) of Macon, Tony Rutland (JoAnne) of Juliette; grandchildren, Lance Trice (Wendy), Joseph Thomas (Lynsey), Gabriel Thomas (Morgan), Katie Rushing (Dustin), Jonathan Rutland, Josh Young, Kimberly Rutland, and Katelyn George (Dylan); great-grandchildren, Landon Trice, Leah Trice, Eric Young, and Marley Kate Thomas; sisters, Betty Jean Garner and Norma Trowbridge (Larry); several nieces and nephews.

Visit www.maconmp.com to express tributes. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Chief Thomas is survived by his wife, Louise Ellis Thomas of Macon; children, Beverly Trice Lampp of Juliette, Rick Thomas (Elaine) of Bolingbroke, Randy Rutland (Donna) of Macon, Tony Rutland (JoAnne) of Juliette; grandchildren, Lance Trice (Wendy), Joseph Thomas (Lynsey), Gabriel Thomas (Morgan), Katie Rushing (Dustin), Jonathan Rutland, Josh Young, Kimberly Rutland, and Katelyn George (Dylan); great-grandchildren, Landon Trice, Leah Trice, Eric Young, and Marley Kate Thomas; sisters, Betty Jean Garner and Norma Trowbridge (Larry); several nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Parkway Assembly of God
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Phyllis (Ellis) Stone

May 17, 2019

My Uncle Bud. My memories of him brings a smile to my face. He was kind, sincere, and sometimes blunt with his words. However, always meant to help in some way. I had a lot of respect for him and will always remember him with love. I also have great comfort knowing he’s in the presence of Jesus❤️ Rest In Peace Uncle Bud

Paul Bissinger

May 14, 2019

My dad worked with Chief Bud for many years. I had the pleasure of meeting and he was always nice to me. Our thoughts and prayers to his family.

Chris Fesmire

May 14, 2019

Beverly and Lance,
So very sorry for your loss. He was a good man and very well thought of and loved.
Please know your family is in my prayers.
God Bless.
Chris Fesmire

Gregory Binford

May 13, 2019

A pleasure to work with. Kept me laughing and taught me so much. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family. He will be missed.

Battalion Chief Stephen Stafford

May 13, 2019

My sincere condolences from the Stafford Family Chief Thomas was a joy to work for throughout my career memories of true compassion for everyone knowing his brother duck and chief Thomas playing softball with no ending brings a smile to my face

Robert Maddox

May 12, 2019

Bud will be remembered as the best officer to work for and how he treated all Firefighters, prayers for the family he loved so much, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Biography

Chief John R. Thomas, Jr., 90, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Parkway Assembly of God with entombment at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Pastor Joe E. Williams and Rev. Sam Waldron will officiate. The family will greet friends from 5 until 8 PM Monday at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and asks those who wish to make donations to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 6611 Zebulon Road, Macon 31220 or Parkway Assembly of God, 5191 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon 31206 or the donor’s favorite charity. The family may be contacted at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Thomas, 101 Doe Run, Juliette, GA 31046.

Chief Thomas was born in Macon the son of the late Effie Rainey Thomas and John R. Thomas, Sr. He was retired District Chief of the Macon Bibb County Fire Department where he was on the department for 44 years. Chief Thomas was a United States Navy veteran, a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, attended Parkway Assembly of God. He was preceded in death by his siblings, H. W. “Duck” Thomas and Mary Waldron.

Chief Thomas was a State Commander of the DAV, a former board member of the Macon Softball Association, a former board member of the Macon Bibb County Pension Fund and was Fireman of the Year with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Chief Thomas is survived by his wife, Louise Ellis Thomas of Macon; children, Beverly Trice Lampp of Juliette, Rick Thomas (Elaine) of Bolingbroke, Randy Rutland (Donna) of Macon, Tony Rutland (JoAnne) of Juliette; grandchildren, Lance Trice (Wendy), Joseph Thomas (Lynsey), Gabriel Thomas (Morgan), Katie Rushing (Dustin), Jonathan Rutland, Josh Young, Kimberly Rutland, and Katelyn George (Dylan); great-grandchildren, Landon Trice, Leah Trice, Eric Young, and Marley Kate Thomas; sisters, Betty Jean Garner and Norma Trowbridge (Larry); several nieces and nephews.

Visit www.maconmp.com to express tributes.
Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery has charge of arrangements.