John T. Thomas Sr.

Published 2:51 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FRANKLIN—John Thomas Thomas Sr., 85, passed away on June 16, 2015, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was born in Silver Springs, Maryland, a son of the late Clinton Eaton Thomas and Louise Seal Thomas, and was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Frances Butler Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was co-owner with his wife of Thomas Printing, and was a member of Franklin Baptist Church.

He was also predeceased by three brothers, Clinton Eaton Thomas, Charles Howard Thomas and James Holland Thomas; and three sisters, Mary Louise Keene, Marguerite Seal Glascock and Susan Judy Canova.

Survivors include one daughter, Joan T. Sparks (Dennis) of Martinsville, Virginia; one son, John T. Thomas Jr. (Ruth) of Raleigh, North Carolina; five grandchildren, Amy Sparks-Martin (Kevin), Dr. Abbey S. Hawkins (Dr. Jeremy), Andrea S. Eanes (Josh), John S. Thomas (Rebecca) and Anne E. Thomas; 10 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kevin Jr., Kristopher, Kinsey and Karson Martin and Landon and Leland Hawkins and Landon, Luke and Savannah Jane Thomas; and three sisters, Sarah Jane Bristow, Penelope Ann Hagstrom and Matilda Lee Tavenner.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19, in Wright Funeral Home, Franklin with Dr. David Sparks officiating. Interment will follow in Poplar Spring Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.