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March 26, 1950 - March 23, 2018

Burial Date: March 28, 2018

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28 at 1:00 pm in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Reverend Bud Israel will be officiating. John will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Johnny “John” Thomas Jr.

Johnny (John) Reynolds Thomas Jr. of Ghent, WV passed from this life to be with Christ on March 23, 2018. He died at the University of Virginia Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

John was born on March 26, 1950 in Beckley, WV and is the son of Johnny R. Thomas Sr. and the late Wanda Thomas of Coal City, WV.

John was a member of the WestView Missionary Baptist Church at WestView. John dearly loved his family and was a beloved and devoted husband, dad, son, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. John loved sports and participated in high school football & basketball and was chosen for the Most Valuable Player Award his senior year. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing and he was also a Nascar racing enthusiast. John especially loved fishing with his Dad at their camp on Smith Mountain Lake. John was active in his community and had served as a Little League coach and as a member of his local Community Watch group. He was a Demolition Expert and worked for ICI explosives prior to his retirement.

John was preceded in death by his Mother, Wanda Thomas. He is survived by his father, Johnny R. Thomas Sr. of Coal City, wife, Margie Keaton-Thomas of Ghent, daughter –Lisa Elsdon and Andy of Mebane, NC, sons–Scott Thomas of Coal City, Shandy Keaton and Leslie of Ghent, and Kevin Keaton and Angela of Mosheim,Tn, a sister Pamela Allen and Jim of Coal City. Grandchildren, Katlyn Allen, Scott Thomas jr., Andrew Elsdon, Jenna Keaton, Shay Keaton and Emma Keaton. Great-grandchildren—Kadyn Allen, Raigyn Allen and Rivaleigh Allen and nephew, Keith Allen.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28 at 1:00 pm in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Reverend Bud Israel will be officiating. John will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Family will serve as pallbearers: Jim Allen, Keith Allen, Kevin Keaton, Ricky Allen, Matthew Meadows Wes Jarrell and Scott Thomas Jr.

Special thanks to family, church family, friends, John’s Physicans and the Frescenius & Davita Dialysis Center for prayers, support and care over the years of John’s illness.