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Thomas, Alphonso Walter First born child to Audrey E. (nee Preston) and Al Thomas on October 16, 1928, in Georgetown, Illinois. Alphonso was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Audrey Thomas; grandparents, Rev. Walter and Mary Preston, Rev. Albert and Mary Thomas; his only brother, Robert Rockne Thomas. Alphonso or "Fat" as he was called by his family, or "Al" by friends and co-workers, came to Gary, Indiana as an infant. Al was a proud member of the Roosevelt class of '46. Al attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, where he became a brother of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In 1949, Al married his first wife, Geraldine Leek, and to this union Stephanie Diane, Preston Rockne and Alvin Jeffrie were born. In 1975, Al married Toni Williams, their daughter, Danielle Audriella was born and Toni's daughter, Nikkisha Antonia completed the family. He retired from the United States Postal Service, Gary, Indiana, after 38 years of service, moving through the ranks to supervisor, he retired as Director of Mail Processing, Northwest Indiana Regional District. Al was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and leaves to cherish his memories, daughters, Stephanie Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, Danielle (Jerry) Thomas-Bond, Atlanta, Georgia, Nikkisha Thomas, Indianapolis, Indiana; sons, Preston (Darlene) Thomas, Florissant, Missouri, Alvin (Mary) Thomas, Athens, Greece; five granddaughters; three grandsons, one great-granddaughter, one great-grandson; sister-in-law, Shirley Thomas, Gary, Indiana; former wives, Geraldine Leek-Thomas, Gary, Indiana, Toni Thomas, Indianapolis, Indiana; a host of relatives and friends. Memorial service Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at The Guy & Allen Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Alphonso W. Thomas to the , 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, or a .

Published in the Post Tribune on Nov. 21, 2012
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