William Donald “Don” Thomas

Published 10:46 pm Monday, September 24, 2012

William Donald “Don” Thomas, age 83, of Leeds, AL. Passed away on Thursday, Sept. 20.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harris Thomas, brother Mack Thomas, and grandsons, Brandon and Patrick James.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Frances “Sally” McLaughlin Thomas, daughter Melanie James Dixon (Randy), brother Cecil Thomas (Margaret), sisters-in-law, Janey Weaver, Martha McLaughlin and Becky Clements, brothers-in-law Buck Weaver and Micky McLaughlin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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He served his country as a Korean War Veteran and served his Lord as a deacon for 59 years. In 1994 he retired to Leeds, becoming a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He was active in the Leeds Historical Society, working as a volunteer over a 10 year time span. Serving as “Chairman of Restoration” on the Jonathon Bass House Museum, he was instrumental in it being placed on the national historical register. In 2006 he was a nominee for the Leeds “Citizen of the Year” by the Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. with the service to follow at 2 p.m. from Kilgroe Funeral Home, Chapel. Internment will be held at Cedar Grove Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church or the Leeds Historical Society.