Nesby Thomas
1930 - 2020
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Nesby Thomas, Jr. also known as "Bubba" and "Mr. T" was born on December 6, 1930 to the late Nesby Thomas, Sr. and Silica Allen. He grew up in Scottdale, GA where he was the 3rd of six children. He was educated in the Dekalb County School System and graduated from Avondale "Colored" High School [later renamed Hamilton High School] in 1949. He was a member of New Chapel Baptist Church in Scottdale where he served as a deacon for many years. On February 24, 1951, he wed Ida Lois Anderson of Lithonia and remained married for 66 years until "death parted" them on December 5, 2016. He dutifully served his country in the U.S. Army from May 1951 until May 1953 for which he recently received a formal commendation for his service as a Korean War Veteran. After returning from service, he and Lois built a home in Avondale Estates on property they purchased through the GI Bill. This is where together they raised their children. Nesby was employed by Frigidaire, Inc. [a subsidiary of GM] and later at General Motors in Doraville for over 37 years. In 1981, he became the 1st African American 'non-custodial' employee in the Dekalb County Court System when the Hon. Judge Clarence Seeliger hired him as a courtroom bailiff. As an enthusiast for sports, he loved baseball and golf. During his tour of duty in the Army, while stationed in Germany, he passed the time playing baseball. He was the first African American pitcher for his unit, and he later pitched in the National Negro Leagues. He also worked part-time as an umpire and referee for 13 years for the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation. As a true golf fanatic, he frequented courses all over the Atlanta area and played at The Augusta National Amateur Competition during the 80's. His wife, Lois, affectionately referred to him as "Mr. Fix-It." He was handy with tools and enjoyed repairing most anything around the house, in the yardand even vehicles. He loved taking afternoon naps, and Lois would tease him about needing his "beauty rest!" They were a traditional couple in every sensewhen you saw one, the other was usually nearby. Nesby is survived by his children of his marriage to Lois, to wit: Dwight L. Thomas, Terry L. Thomas, Angela C. Thomas, Nesby C. "Chris" Thomas [Priscilla], and Abigail "Abbey" Thomas. He is also survived by his daughter, LaDema Thomas Davis, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and cherished friends. Visitation will be held Friday, September 18 from 5-8 PM at Gregory B. Levett & Sons, 351 N. Clarendon Ave., Scottdale, GA 30079. (404)294-5500. INVITATION ONLY Service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Due to COVID-19, a mask will be required to enter the chapel. Live Stream at LevettFuneralHome.com

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2020.
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September 19, 2020
Condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you. May God give strength and comfort in this time of loss.
Frances Williams
Family
September 18, 2020
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE THOMAS FAMILY
ATTORNEY WADE ROLLE
Acquaintance
September 18, 2020
You were dearly Loved and will be missed more than any words could possibly Express

Love your daughter,
Angela
Angela
Family
September 18, 2020
Mr. Thomas will ALWAYS be remembered as a great and honorable man. He will be missed greatly but has joined his wife in heavenly eternity...together again. GOD blessed us with their presence for many years
Patricia Hampton Porter
Friend
September 18, 2020
Mr. Thomas will ALWAYS be remembered as a great and honorable man. He will be missed greatly but has joined his wife in heavenly eternity...together again. GOD blessed us with their presence for many years
Patricia Hampton-Porter
Friend
September 18, 2020
Rest in peace Mr Nesby you will be truly missed.To the family your father was a giant and live a wonder life and a good example for you all.
maurice.and priscilla jackson
Acquaintance
September 18, 2020
Prayers and condolences to the family on your loss of the family patriarch. He lived a life full of service and commitment not only to his family but to the entire DeKalb community. We thank him for his service to our nation and to our community.
Robert Burroughs
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September 17, 2020
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September 16, 2020
Mr. Thomas was the epitome of a gentleman and we were blessed to have made his acquaintance. We are sorry for your loss and hope your grief is lightened knowing the positive impact he made on so many.

Wishing you peace with love,
Jeff & Maria Sliz
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September 16, 2020
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Tracy Swearingen
September 16, 2020
Mr. "T" was the consummate gentleman, a fine example of a husband and father, a fun and caring friend, and advisor. He will be greatly missed by myself and countless others. I was truly "blessed", to have had him my life as a friend, and father figure.
Tracy T. Swearingen, Sr.
Friend
September 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow and know God is the answer to everything. Uncle Nesby was a man I look up to and will cherish all the days of my life.
Sam Sherwood
Family
September 16, 2020
Family please know a Great Man, Husband, Father, and Friend has been with us. He was not a father figure, but a father to me, and a grandfather to my son. I will miss our phone calls, visits, lunches, golfing and his laughter. He had many hats, and some how able to wear all of them well. In our grief know God blessed us, a "Special Man" has passed us.....



Manuel Jackson
Son
September 16, 2020
I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Mr. Thomas when he was the bailiff for Judge Clarence Seeliger. I was assigned to Judge Seeliger's courtroom as an assistant public defender for several years, so I had lots of contact with Mr. Thomas. He was always so helpful, courteous and professional, and he was very well respected. My thoughts are with his family.
Bill Puckett




Bill Puckett
September 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barb Bickkey
Friend
September 15, 2020
He was our neighbor across the street for the past 3 years. He told some great stories and commanded great respect. He was a man of great rectitude, but also very personable. We need more people like him in this world. My wife loved talking to him, as did I.
Vince Conticello
Neighbor
September 15, 2020
To Mr. Thomas' family, may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Judge Gregory A. Adams
Friend
September 15, 2020
A limb has fallen from our family tree...

My ever so always debonair uncle. My heart is heavy. God didn’t promise us forever ... but He did give us 89 years of your earthly presence. We will cherish the fond memories of times spent and the many conversations had with you and my beloved aunt.

I hear a voice that says,
“Grieve if you must, but not too long; because I want you to remember my life lived as a song.

Continue my heritage,
I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely
the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease,
my soul is at rest.
Remembering all,
how I truly was blessed.

Continue traditions,
no matter how small.
Go on with your life,
don’t worry about falls.

I will miss you all dearly,
but keep your chin up.
For one day we’ll be together again.”

We shall meet beyond the River some day ... until then Rest well Uncle Nesby.
Karen Anderson-Archer & Kenneth Archer
Family
September 15, 2020
Mr. Thomas was a kind but distinguished gentle giant. We extend our prayers and condolences to the entire Thomas family as your Father and Grandpa rests in the arms of the angels.
Charles and Jacqueline James
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