THOMAS, Bennie Edison, 72 of Tampa, went to be with the Lord on February 11, 2013. He was pre deceased by his parents, Marvin and Nona Thomas. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Barbara; his children, Tammy (Keith) Katrein, Bennie (Jennifer) Thomas II; his grandchildren, Victoria (Jonathan), Brittany (Elvis), Harlie, Dalton, Kim, Tara, Zachary, Bradley; his great-grandchildren, Brooke, Jadathon, Christian, sisters Sharon (Jerry), Donna (Jimmy); brother, Michael (Linda), other loving family members and church family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the NRA. He served his country in the National Guard Reserves for over 10 years. He was a loving man who always put his family first. He will be missed dearly. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 E. Lake Ave, Tampa. Services will be held at at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home with interment to follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery.