Franklin D. Thomas (1946 - 2017)

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Franklin Delano Thomas, "Frank," 70, died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2017, after suffering an aneurysm and stroke followed by a second stroke. He died peacefully at Florida Hospital Orlando with his brother, Tom Thomas, and sister-in-law, Judy Calt, by his side. Frank was born on Nov. 16, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Phillip Thomas and Nadine (Ella Mae) Thomas. He grew up in Covington, Ky., where he and his brother entertained friends and neighbors by what could only be described as shenanigans. Their older sister, Carolyn, did what she could to keep them both in check, which was an impossible task. Frank served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Frank was proud of his U.S. Army service and often spoke fondly of his commander, John McNown, and his Army buddies, Jack Hosbach and Louis Rios. After serving in Vietnam, he made a home in Alaska with his brother, Tom, who had hitch-hiked there from Covington, Ky. They both earned a living by buying and selling and installing carpet and flooring products. This developed into owning some of the largest carpet and flooring stores in Anchorage and Chugiak, Alaska, including Colonel Abner's, Fast Freddy's Wholesale, Rug Bones and Chubby Chicken's Cheep Cheep Carpet. Three years ago, Frank decided to head for sunnier weather and, together with his niece, Melissa, purchased a home in Sebring, Fla. He resided there with his mother, Ella; sister, Carolyn; and niece, Rebecca. Frank was a kind and selfless soul who always put others' needs ahead of his own and was loved and inspired by all who knew him. Frank is survived by his mother, Nadine (Ella Mae) Thomas; his sister, Carolyn Denton; and brother-in-law, Carl Denton; his brother, Thomas E. Thomas; and sister-in-law, Judy Calt; nieces, Melissa and her husband Matthew Hickey, Rebecca Denton, Jennifer Chitwood and her husband Raymond (Chip), Veronica Denton, Tracy Thomas, Julie Thomas and Colleen Thomas; nephews, Robert Denton and wife Chia-Hui Huang and Franklin Denton and wife Samantha; grand-nieces, Victoria Hickey, Jessica Chitwood, Kylie Chitwood and Izabella Batchelor; and grand-nephews, James (Jimmy) Hickey, Michael Hickey, Christopher Denton, Izaac Batchelor and Jaden Denton. Frank was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Thomas. A viewing and celebration of life will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at noon at Morris Funeral Chapel in Sebring, Fla., followed by a graveyard ceremony at Pinecrest Cemetery including a seven-gun salute recognizing his service to his country performed by the VFW Sebring Post #4300 Honor Guard.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 10, 2017