New London - Edward A. Thomas Sr., 83, completed his earthly journey and was called to heavenly rest on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, surrounded by his family.
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Edward was born in Denton, Md., on Sept. 4, 1930, the son of the late Andrew Monroe Sr. and Rosie Bell (Acree) Thomas. Edward was educated in the public schools of Denton.
God afforded Edward the privilege of marrying Pauline Coleman, a virtuous woman on April 12, 1954. She predeceased him on July 15, 2001.
Edward was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. Edward retired as a chemical operator from Pfizer in Groton.
Edward loved going fishing, hunting, and boating with his sons and Gospel music, especially quartet singing. Edward was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Old Saybrook, where he served on the Board of Trustees for many years.
Edward leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Edward A. Thomas Jr., Wayne Thomas of New London; daughters, Mary Self of Maryland, Shirley (Kenneth) Hamilton of New London; "adopted" daughter, Donna (John) Medina; sister-in-law, Gerline Brown of Pittsburgh, Pa; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The service information has changed. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London. A calling hour will be held for one hour prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London.
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Published in The Day on Sept. 18, 2013