Mr. Charles Alexander Thomas, 49, of 1623 Westbrook Road, Hopewell, Va., suddenly departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell, Va.

He was born March 30, 1963, in Petersburg, Va., to Alice Lewis Thomas Foster and the late Amos Thomas Sr. of Chesterfield, Va. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Henrietta J. Lewis.

Charles graduated Matoaca High School in Chesterfield, Va. He had over 25 years of experience in the asphalt business within his own companies, Thomas Paving and Best Paving Co.

He was a devoted man and best friend to his brothers. He was a very friendly guy who could always bring a smile to anyone's face with his great sense of humor.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one son, Harry Duvall; four grandchildren, Zykiria Neal, Leajah Hayes, Maurshaun and Markesia Easter; mother, Alice Lewis Thomas Foster; four sisters, Faye Hayes of Hopewell, Va., Sherrie Foster of Colonial Heights, Va., Sherry Foster and Terry Foster, both of Philadelphia; five brothers, Amos Thomas (Tammy), Darryl Thomas and Roosevelt Mayfield, all of Hopewell, Va., Gary Foster and Kerry Foster, both of Philadelphia; one brother-in-law, Adolph Hayes; and one sister-in-law, Lucinda Conner; a devoted aunt and uncle, Delois and Herman Cuspard; ex-wife and devoted friend, Jennifer Thomas; devoted fiancée, Rose Lewis of Hopewell, Va.; devoted friend, Harry Anderson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and community friends.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax St., Petersburg, Va., the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., pastor; the Rev. Herbert Holly II, eulogist, and the Rev. Earl Thompson officiating. The interment to follow at the Lewis Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the funeral establishment.

Honorary and active pallbearers are asked to assemble 12:30 p.m. at the church.

The family will assemble at noon the day of the services and also receive friends at 1623 Westbrook Road, Hopewell, Va., and may be contacted by calling the following numbers, Alice Foster, 804-926-0848, or Faye Hayes, 804-835-8472.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Thomas at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012