Jerry Wingard Thomas, 77, husband of Mary Thomas, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018, after a brief illness.
Born in Elmore County, AL, he was a son of the late Beulah Wingard and Raymond Lee Thomas.
Jerry graduated from Auburn University, served in the United States Army, and enjoyed a long career with Central Soya, later ISE America, in Newberry, SC. He was a dedicated servant to his church and community, including 33 years as a supporter of Newberry and Mid-Carolina High School Bands. Jerry loved Christmas, strawberries, a good bargain, hunting, peaches, Cabela’s, yardwork, Yellowstone National Park, traveling, and ice cream. Jerry believed you could never own too many coats. Most of all, he loved his family.
In addition to his loving wife, Jerry is survived by their children, Nancy Thomas Kennedy (Patrick) and Jed Thomas (Amy); Elizabeth Monts (Michael Miranda); and daughter-in-law, Sonya Monts. He was a fun Grandaddy to William and Mary Camilla Kennedy; Morgan, Jimmy, and Jesse Thomas; and Henry and Clara Monts. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Thomas Barrett, of Wetumpka, AL and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jo Ed Broadway Thomas of Newberry, SC; his brother, Harold Thomas; and his stepson, Thomas Monts.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 7 Shannon Drive, Greenville, SC 29615. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. A graveside service will be held Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Rosemont Cemetery on College Street in Newberry, SC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 7 Shannon Dr., Greenville, SC 29615.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
7 Shannon Drive, Greenville SC 29615
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