– Donnie G. Thomas, 67, beloved father, grandfather and a relentless man of God, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
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Survivors include his children, Toby Thomas (Wendy), Brandon "Blu" Thomas, Savannah Tuten (Jon), Logan Thomas (Maci) and Laura Swain-Long (Will); six granddaughters and two grandsons; beloved brother-in-law, Tex Ritter; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Macy (Carter) and Talmadge Mallard, and Don Thomas; sister, Patsy L. Ritter; sister, Kay and husband, Royce Martin, along with their son, Gary Martin.
Donnie was a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient from his service in the U.S. Army and a retired longshoreman with the ILA Local No. 2046. Donnie never met a stranger and, as a devoted Christian, he loved to bring people to the Lord. "For though I am absent in the body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ." Safe in HIS arms, now and forever.
The visitation was Sunday, Feb. 2 in the chapel of Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home.
The funeral was Monday, Feb. 3 in the chapel of the funeral home with burial following at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.stricklandandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Effingham Herald from Feb. 6 to Mar. 8, 2014