Funeral service for Mr. Dexter Wade Thomas, 55, will be Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Howard officiating. Burial following at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home. Mr. Thomas passed away February 22, 2013 at RMC in Anniston. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of 26 years, Ruth Thomas; daughter, Angie (Jimmy) Fisher, of Alexandria; son, Tim (Jennifer) Leahey, of Wellington; mother, Mary June Thomas, of Anniston; brothers, Leon (Donna) Thomas. of Talladega, Howard Richard (Jamie) Thomas, of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Sheila (Max) Zydowicz, of Oxford; brother-in-law, Ron (Sherry) Harkins, of Oxford; grandchildren, Brandon Dodgen, Ashley (Noah) McCulley, Dalton Fisher, Cheyenne Langley, Kayla McLain; great-grandchildren, Madison McCulley and Eliot McCulley; fur babies, Sassy and Ginger; several cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; special friends; husband-in-law, Kenneth (Brenda) Leahey of Ohatchee. Mr. Thomas is preceded in death by his father, Howard Richard Thomas Sr. and brother, Lewis Thomas. Pallbearers will be John McNair, Terry Hale, Stacey Vinson, Curtis Clay, Mark Hale, Jimmy Fisher, Ed Howell and Gary Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Lee Brass in Oxford. Dexter was a lifelong resident of Anniston for 55 years. He was a graduate of Walter Wellborn High School Class of 1976. He was employed by Lee Brass for 30 years. Dexter enjoyed camping, bluegrass music, NASCAR racing, Alexandria baseball and he was a huge Alabama fan who loved attending the games with his grandson. He was a very loving and caring family man who would always go out of his way to help others. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and fur babies. "PawPaw" was loved very, very much. He will be sadly missed by those that had the privilege of knowing him. The family request that those attending dress in casual "Alabama" attire. Condolences may be left at www.chapelhillfh.com
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Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 25, 2014