THOMAS, Hulan Glyn HULAN GLYN THOMAS Hulan Glyn Thomas died peacefully at Waller, his home on the Chattahoochee River, at 2:05 p.m. on Monday, February 3, after a short illness. He was 79 years old. He is survived by his son, Tim Thomas of Nashville, Tennessee; grandson Sean Ogle of Knoxville Tennessee; step-granddaughter Vicky Ogle of Seattle Washington; sister Faye Fleming and husband Marshall of McAllen Texas; brothers Stan Thomas, wife Earlene, daughter Becky and grandchildren Jordan and Austin, Butch Thomas, wife Robin and children Casey and Tyler, Mike Thomas and wife Julie Gabel, Dale Land, wife Pam and son Jacob, all of Fayetteville Arkansas; Wife #2 Sas Risse Thomas of Carrollton Georgia and her daughters Holly Lorrens, husband Gary and granddaughter Stevie Wright of Copperhill Tennessee, and Gabi North, husband Percy and grandchildren Jessie and Jason of Carrollton; Wife #3 Wanda Austin Witt of Carrollton; and current Wife #4 Sybil Rosen Thomas of Whitesburg Georgia. Though he was not survived by Wife #1 Nellie Haymes Thomas, stepson Greg Risse, nephew Matthew Fleming or stepmother Joyce Dean Thomas, he never forgot them. Glyn was born on February 27, 1934 in Cadiz, Kentucky to Hulan Thomas and Margaret Harrel, a grass-seed salesman and waitress, respectively. After the death of his younger sister Philomena Kay, Glyn and his mother moved to Nashville Tennessee in the mid-1940's where Margaret married Glyn's stepfather Lexie Crisp. Glyn served in the Navy during the Korean War and, with the help of the GI Bill, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in the late 50's with a double major in history and economics. He received his Masters' Degree from Vanderbilt University, his master's thesis being a history of Tennessee's Highlander Folk School from which the song "We Shall Overcome" emerged as the anthem of the labor and civil rights movements. Glyn served as an historian and archivist for the Tennessee Historical Society before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to teach the social sciences at Georgia Tech. He was the faculty advisor for the Tech Action Committee, an affiliate of SDS, and vocal in Vietnam anti-war and civil rights protests. He also worked as a consultant for VISTA, introducing volunteers to Southern culture through its music and stories. In the late 60's Glyn and his wife Sas moved to Waller, an old fish camp outside Whitesburg, Georgia. Glyn taught an Alternative Lifestyles class at nearby University of West Georgia, which included a tour of local teepees, geodesic domes and tree houses. There he became assistant to Political Science Chairman Don Wells, and later the Dean of Arts and Sciences Richard Dangle for over twenty years. In announcing his retirement, Glyn wrote that the job had been fun but that he'd "had all the fun he could stand." By his wide circle of loving family and friends, Glyn will be treasured for his embracing hospitality, his warm generosity and sweetness, his storytelling, his love of rough lumber engineering, his unflinching politics and steady fairness, his wry sense of humor, and also that hair. There will be a memorial for Glyn on Saturday, March 1st beginning at 1 pm at Waller. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Agape Hospice Foundation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Whitesburg Public Library, The Friends of McIntosh for the Chattahoochee Story Project, or any other charity of which you think Glyn might approve. Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 7, 2014
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