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Joseph Morgan Thomas, Jr. of Montgomery passed away on August 12, 2012. He is survived by his wife Gini Horner Thomas, father Joe M. Thomas, Sr., mother Anne Hathcock Thomas, sister Kristin Thomas Cole, nephew Jackson Thomas Cole, uncle John Hathcock, and aunts Lynne Summerford and Carol Hill.

Joseph Morgan Thomas, Jr. was born in Dothan, Alabama on April 9, 1965, to the proud parents Joe M. Thomas and Anne Hathcock Thomas. Joe Jr. graduated from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Joe Jr. chose music as a career. He was an excellent wood craftsman and made picture frames by hand. Joe Jr's business was bringing happiness and joy to others, especially to his loving wife and family. He was a man to ride the river with!

A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Saturday, August 18th, at 11am at Leak Memory Chapel with a gathering at 10am. Casual - like Joe. In lieu of flowers, there will be a Memorial Fund established at Wells Fargo Bank.

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Published in Montgomery Advertiser from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2012.
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August 11, 2020
May you remember many happy memories and enjoy the joy that is bring to the heart of these blessed memories. Sending so much love and good thoughts. Kindest Wishes to you all, from Yve Mary
Yve Mary
August 10, 2020
Thinking about Joe today and praying for his sweet wife, Gini...
John James
September 22, 2012
We were so very shocked and saddened to hear of Joe Jr.'s passing. May God bless his precious soul. Joe Sr., Ann, Kristin and Gini - you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Carl & Melanie McGuire
August 27, 2012
Joe, my friend, my brother. I still remember the night you called me & said "Greeny, I need a big favor". Well, being the police, this statement is usually followed by "I got a ticket" or "I need some advice". You said "No one else can know & you have to promise to keep it a secret" now my mind was really going crazy! I said no problem brother, what can I do to help you! You explained to me how you have been seeing this lady & how much you loved her, you wanted to ask her to marry you in a way she will never forget! Well, we got together & figured it out, we did our reconnaissance, mum was the word! I remember asking you "She is going to say yes, isn't she?" Two days later I was in position waiting for yall to pass by & slip right in behind yall. I followed yall for exactly 2.1 miles & pulled yall over into a church parking lot. I removed you from the car, leaving her in, & was trying my hardest not to crack up & blow it for you! You said "You got to make it look real!" I said no problem my friend I got this! So now I get Gini out of the vehicle & bring her back & have both of yall stand in front of my car. I ask you if I can search the vehicle, which you played it well, by asking why. You finally gave in saying sure go ahead & I did. I returned with a Crown Royal bag & asked Gini if she knew what was in the bag. By now she is getting aggrevated & it's showing & you could hear it in her voice! I told her that what was in that bag could get her in trouble. Just as she asked what was in it & she thought ya'll were going to jail, I told her I was not going to tell her, I was going to make you show her. I handed you the bag, you got down on a knee, removed a box from the bag & opened the box to a glorious sparkling diamond ring, & asked her if she would marry you. She stood there for a second, tears coming to her eyes, so I finally told her she had 2 options, she could go to jail or she could say yes! YES it was & you both were on top of the world! Thank you for being my friend, you will truly be missed, Love Always!
Marcus Green
August 20, 2012
Miss you my friend
Kevn Adams
August 20, 2012
Joe was the most positive man I have ever known! He will be sorely missed by all those lives that he touched. "Joe, one day my friend we shall pick guitars and drink free bourbon from old fruit jars on that wrap-around porch in the sky....we'll sing hallelujah..bye and bye...we'll sing hallelujah....bye and bye" I love you, my guitar playing, passion-sharing, genuine and gentle brother....your work was done, thank you for being there for me, when you didnt even know it!!!!
Kevn Adams
August 20, 2012
Ann and Joe,
I was so very sorry to learn of Joe Jr's passing. Reading the comments of so many friends tells me he must have been loved by many. I'm sure that is such a comfort to you.

Please know that my heartfelt concern and thoughts
are with you at this difficult time.

Dianne Brackin
Dianne Brackin
August 19, 2012
A week after his cruel death, I'm sending love and peace to Joe wherever his honest, pure, and passionate soul is right now. Joe took me in when I moved to Montgomery four years ago and was always kind and thoughtful to me. It was reassuring for me to know that Joe and Ziggy were always playing somewhere in town, and I always enjoyed going to see them. It was great to meet you in this life, Joe. Arrivederci.
To Gini, Joe's family, and his closest friends, may time help you make peace with our loss.
Silvia Giagnoni
August 19, 2012
Joe Sr. and Ann,
Just want you to know our thoughts and
prayers are with you and all of Joe Jr's family.
I know what you are going through and have had you on my mind.
Red and Beth Holland
August 18, 2012
I remember the first time I saw you play on stage with Zig in 2000. From that moment you guys had me hooked. All the times we shared talking about life and becoming friends over the past 12 years will always be with me. Thank you for being you. See if you can get me on the guest list at the big show. Ride Captain Ride.
Ed Swann
August 18, 2012
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I didn't know Joe personally but my son Ricky Peterman considered him a friend and has many fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May God be with each of you during this sad and trying time and may His grace sustain you. Love and prayers,
Rhonda Gillen (Navarre, FL)
Rhonda Gillen
August 18, 2012
Remembering the good times we had in the Abacos on "Bandit:.As a young man you were kind, polite, and always the gentleman. We will miss you.

We are sharing tears, grief and heartbreak with your family. We will pray for Gini.
Our love, Bill and Anne Neuens (St. Pete Beach, FL and Castle Rock, CO)
August 18, 2012
Mojo, our family will miss you forever. To my kids, Zoe and Reid, you were an uncle. To my wife, Nani, you were an incredible friend. To me you will always be a brother. We love you.
Bart Bacon
August 18, 2012
Gods speed Joe. Rest in Peace. My prayers are with your Family and Friends. So sorry for your loss. May God heal Gini.
August 18, 2012
Joe was a very talented man.He will be missed!Joe,we love you to the moon and back!
Wade and Ashley Bowman
August 18, 2012
Joe was 1 of a few people in this world who was sincere, always showed his appreciation and was always positive!! RIP Joe and prayers to all friends and family.
Justin & Meagan Faulk
August 18, 2012
Joi Luna
August 18, 2012
funny,always upbeat-loved life,his gini,his music,his and respect to a good man gone way too soon....blessed he was in my life...
August 18, 2012
Looking forward to playing with you again someday!
Ziggy Luis
August 17, 2012
Thanks for being an angel over Montgomery for the time I knew you was a difficult one for me, but you always were promoting positive creative things. It meant so much you would always find something nice to say to me no matter what,& talk to me about backyard poultry or gardening. You were kind and inviting. Last songwriter night we said we'd bring you a sandwich next week. Well Joe we missed that sandwich because you went to heaven, but I know we'll be seein you, "again & again & again."-(Johnny Cash). You were a simple man, with fire in your soul, a peace in your eye, & a heart of pure gold. You rocked this place.
Rest in Peace sweet Joe.
Mary Jehle
August 17, 2012
my heart aches for Anne and Gini and the rest of Joe's deepest condolences

Bill Nicholas, Denver , CO
Bill Nicholas
August 17, 2012
We are very saddened by this terrible tragedy. Our deepest condolences to the entire Thomas family. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you.
Rick & Judy Davison
August 17, 2012
I met Joe around 1982 or 3 when he came into my music store in Dothan. He was probably in Jr. High school. He had come from Colorado to visit his grand parents....He had on a hard,plastic, baseball batting helmet, which makes me grin every time I think about it........I sold him his first guitar, an Eddie Van Halen style electric, which was black with yellow stripes.....Anybody's first guitar is always special and I know he still has it, bacause I ask him about it awhile back.....I always felt like Joe was the musical son I never had.....Still trying to get my head around him having checked out on us.....Love ya Joe.....Here's one for the road:
Mike Moody/Music Matters
Mike Moody
August 17, 2012
We'll miss you Joe. There will be a little less happiness in the world without you. May God bless and care for Gini. Sympathies to Joe's many friends and family.
Jack Durham
August 17, 2012
Dear JOe Jr., I will miss our lively discussions on popular music, our fun debates on Alabama/Auburn football, but most of all I will miss your gentle spirit, kind heart and warm smile. To yojr family, love ones, & friends my deepest sympathy. You will always be remembered!
Jim & Tatyana Moorman
August 17, 2012
What a loss; he was a great human.
Dana Hillman
August 17, 2012
Dear Joe Jr., I will miss our lively discussions of music, our fun debates over Alabama/Auburn football, but most most of all I will miss your gentle spirit & kind heart and willingness to do good for others.
To your family, love ones, and friends, my deepest sympathy, you will always be remembered!
Jim Moorman
August 17, 2012
So sad to hear about Joe,Thoughts and prayers to his family
Rick&Louise Mckenzie
August 17, 2012
Kat & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this devastating time. May you find comfort in knowing that Joe is in God's hands now. If there is anything I can do for you please don't hesitate to let me know.
Dawn Henderson-McNair
August 17, 2012
My deepest sympathies to Kristin and all of Joe's family and friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Ame Elliott
August 17, 2012
We are so saddened by this tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Thomas family. Take comfort knowing he is looking over you now each and every day. Rest in Peace Joe you will be greatly missed. Heaven has gained a great musician!
Ken and Debbie Parramore
August 17, 2012
My thoughts are prayers are with the Thomas family! I have been a friend of Gini's for a long time and I know how happy Joe made her and how much fun they had! Gini will always cherish the time she had with Joe, it will be more precious to her. Again, my thoughts and prayers!
Glenda Harbin
August 17, 2012
I will never forget all of the happiness you brought into my life over the years. You could make me laugh like no one else. I know that my life was better for knowing you, and I'm grateful for the memories. I will miss you so much.
Michelle Benton
August 16, 2012
We are so very sorry for your loss and want you to know that you are in our thoughts during this difficult time. You have our deepest sympathies.
Tony and Alison Maas
August 16, 2012
My precious, Joe! You will be missed everyday by your family and friends. Our lives are changed forever with your passing! We will continue to love and care for your precious Gini. Get well, Gini!
Aunt Lynne and Uncle George
August 16, 2012
We are so saddened by your loss and wish there was some way to make these days, weeks and months less painful.
Larry and Connie LaVine
August 16, 2012
R.I.P. In life Joe stood for respect, integrity and perseverance. In death... may he ride in peace.
Captain John James
August 16, 2012
A thoroughly gifted entertainer and musician with a warm heart and a gracious, humble spirit. He is deeply missed.
Meggy-Kate Hovey
August 16, 2012
Praying for your family and hope your making beautiful music for heaven like you did here on earth.You are really missed.
Stephanie Martin
August 16, 2012
I pray for all the loved ones who are left behind to grieve this loss. May God make your walk lightened with memories.
Shirley Stagg
August 16, 2012
To Joe and family:
Joe, I want to express my condolences to the entire Thomas family in their loss. I want you to know that you have been and will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Ken (Hymie) Johnson
August 16, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to Joe's family & friends.
Sharon Martin
August 16, 2012
Zig & Joe at The War Eagle Supper Club
We have shared a lot of time together playing music and traveling. I'm sure we will do it again someday.
Ziggy Luis
August 16, 2012
RIP with Loving music and Great peace
August 16, 2012
His absence as a musician, artist and generally good guy will be sorely felt in our community. My condolences go to Joe's family.
Danny Davidson
August 16, 2012
Joe, you will be sorely missed. You will be remembered as a happy, cheerful man, who loved music, animals, nature, his family, and his motorcycle. Live Forever Young Mr. Motor-sikle Man!
Gazale Poorsoltan
August 16, 2012
I remember when Joe began playing with Ziggy and watched his growth as man, musician and friend over the years and pray for the comfort of those he left behind.
Cheryl Chamlies
August 16, 2012
I had never had the opportunity to talk much to Joe Jr. until the 2011 Christmas party. I found him to be engaging and intelligent and I very much enjoyed speaking with him. I also had the honor of talking with Gini that same night. I thought she was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to this family in their time of sorrow.
Mike Mitchell
August 16, 2012
Mark Wells
August 15, 2012
Joe, you were truly one of a kind and noone will ever make Gini's heart overflow with happiness the way you did. Thank you for all you did and heaven has gained another angel.
Sharon "Kristie" Tubbs
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