Bruce Thomas

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PORTSMOUTH – Bruce Lanell Thomas, 67, of Portsmouth, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born May 22, 1946, a son of the late Bruce and Helen Thomas.

Bruce was a retired corrections officer from Southern Ohio Correctional Facility and a 1964 Portsmouth High School graduate. He was also a Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran, having achieved the rank of Lance Corporal. He earned the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Emily Jo Horn Cobb-Thomas, whom he married April 16, 1995, in Las Vegas, NV; three sons, Leslie Wood of Ashland, KY, Irwan Martin of Portsmouth, and Kevin (Lisa) Cobb of Aurora, IN; two daughters, Tara (Lindsey Ellis) Thomas of Portsmouth, and Kimberly (Kyle) Taylor of Alexandria, VA; a brother, Michael Thomas of Cleveland; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two special dogs, Rosie and Boston.

He was also preceded in death by a son, LeVaughn Cobb Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the RALPH F. SCOTT FUNERAL HOME in Portsmouth with Rev. Clarence Parker officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the James Dickey Post #23 American Legion Honor Detail.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sierra's Haven for New and Used Pets, 80 Easter Dr., Portsmouth, OH 45662.

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Published in The Daily Times from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2014
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