NEWPORT NEWS - On the afternoon of April 18, 2014, after a short illness, Capt. Thomas went home. He was a good man who lived a good life and I am confident that he is in the arms of the Lord. Dewey was affectionately known as Captain Thomas or just Thomas, by all of those who knew and loved him. He was born April 21, 1925, in Newport News, Virginia. Thomas left home to join the Merchant Marines in 1942 and served until he was seriously injured. While recovering from his injury, in New York, he met the love of his life, his wife of 70 years, Yolanda.Thomas then served in the First Armored Division of the Army, overseas, until the war was over. Thomas and Yolanda had two children, John and Peggy. While raising a family, he completed his high school education and went on to join the Warwick County Police Department, which eventually became the Newport News Police Department, where he served the people for 30 years. The captain went on to receive his Associates Degree in Criminal Justine from TNCC and a Bachelor's Degree in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University. The Captain loved his work, his fellow police officers, his Harley Davidson, and just driving around town to visit with his many friends. He enjoyed a game of golf, when he was able, and made many trips around this great country. He will be missed by all of those who knew and loved him. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service until 7:30 p.m. Burial will take place privately in Peninsula Memorial Park.
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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 20, 2014