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ASHEVILLE - (Jonathon) Scott Thomas, 43, passed into heaven peacefully on May 18, 2011 at his home in Asheville, N.C. Scott was a 1986 graduate of Tecumseh High School, and a 1991 graduate of Western Michigan University, as well as earning a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Scott was an all-state football player at Tecumseh High School and also competed in track and wrestling. He was an all-Mid American Conference football player at WMU and played in the National Football League after college with the Houston Oilers. He served one football season as an assistant coach at U of M. He also served as an assistant football coach at Kalamazoo College.
Scott had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned and operated his own ceramic tile business and a restaurant (The Block) and was a person of many skills and talents. He enjoyed reading, trivia, sports, fishing, and spending time with his family and his many friends. He particularly enjoyed the climate in Asheville which became his second home.
Scott's gregarious personality and unconditional generosity were two of his hallmarks. The loyalty of Scott's friendship was without question and was demonstrated among his many friends.
Scott joins his mother, Karyn Forbes-Thomas at home in heaven. He is survived by his father, John Thomas; sister, Karianne (Dale Epkey); brothers, Jeffrey (Erica) and Jim (Jen); four nieces, Justine, Quinn, Rebecca and Emma; and four nephews, Ian, Jeffrey, Christian and Caleb; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and by his close friend, Nicole, in Asheville. Scott will be greatly missed by his family, friends and by all whose life paths intersected with his.
A memorial celebration of Scott's life will be held at Tecumseh Assembly of God, 1080 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh, MI 49286 on Thursday May 26 at 11 a.m. In the spirit of Scott this celebration will be a casual event. The family encourages anyone in attendance who would like to share a memory of Scott at that time to feel free to do so.
Friends of Scott's will hold a memorial service in Asheville at a future date.
Condolences can be expressed at Handler Funeral Home, 313 W. Pottawatamie St.,Tecumseh, MI 49286 (517-423-2525) and at handlerfuneralhomes.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 23, 2011