Laurens Dubose "Laurie" Thomas
Laurens Dubose "Laurie" Thomas, 85, of Busbee Street, died Friday, January 3, 2014 at Conway Medical Center.
Mr. Thomas was born in Georgetown, a son of the late John Willie and Mary Caroline Jayroe Thomas. He was a US Navy Veteran having served in WWII aboard the USS Shangri-La, an Aircraft Carrier. After attending The University of Georgia, Laurie returned to Georgetown and began working in his brother Marion's grocery store. He later married Marilyn Timmons and they moved to Conway where he began running a small grocery store, with the help of Marilyn's aunt, Mrs. Sadie Bell Cherry. Later in 1959, Laurie's IGA was opened, and Laurie has continued to work at the store until he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2011. Even throughout his treatments, he was there frequently to assist his daughter, Jody, and visit with the staff & friends. Laurie was a longtime member of Kingston Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon & usher. His favorite past times were hunting, fishing, spending time at his Cherry Grove creek house, and being with his family. He enjoyed football, baseball and was a big USC Gamecock fan. In 2001, he was presented the "Small Business Man of the Year" award by the Conway Rotary Club at the Conway Chamber of Commerce banquet. Laurie was a very loving, caring and compassionate man. His family, his dogs & cats were very special to him. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Timmons Thomas.
Surviving are: his wife, Frances Jones Thomas of Conway; three daughters, Lauren T. Holmes (Joe), Jody T. Browder (Donnie) and Kim T. Holmes (Mike) all of Conway; one son, David Thomas (Sudie) of St. Matthews; six grandchildren, Alison H. Jordan (Justin), Brittany G. Holmes (fiancee, Thomas Jordan), Benjamin D. Browder, Daniel H. Browder, Brandon Greist and Garrett Clyde Thomas; three great granddaughters, Rylee Jordan, Raegan Jordan and Alesia Martin; a sister, Hazel T. Hickson of Conway; a number of nieces and nephews; and name sake, Major General, Laurie Newton of Conway.
A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM Sunday at Kingston Presbyterian Church with Pastor Rhett Talbert officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2:30-4:00 PM Sunday in the fellowship hall of the church.
Memorials may be sent to Kingston Presbyterian Church, 800 3rd Avenue, Conway, SC 29526, Tara Hall for Boys, 510 Tara Hall Road, Georgetown, SC 29440, MUSC Leukemia Fund Foundation, 18 Bee Street, MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425 or to Carolina Cancer Foundation, 8121 Rourk Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.
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Published in The Sun News from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2014