George H. Thomas
1945 - 2021
November 15, 1945
April 11, 2021

George H. Thomas

November 15, 1945-April 11, 2021

EAST MOLINE-George H. Thomas, 75, of East Moline, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at his home. A live-streamed memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, and may be accessed online by visiting Visitation will be held one-hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Face masks and social distancing are required. Cards and memorials may be sent to the funeral home in care of the Thomas family.

George was born on November 15, 1945 in Georgetown, Kentucky, a son of Harvey and Bessie Lee (Johnson) Thomas. He married Marlene Delores Sales on September 7, 1968 in Moline. George retired as a machinist at John Deere Foundry after 25 years and at Walmart after 20 years. He was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in East Moline. George enjoyed bowling and belonged to many leagues throughout his life. He also enjoyed playing tennis.

Those left to cherish George's memory include his wife, Marlene; son, Timothy Franklin Thomas, Atlanta, Georgia; daughters, Ronnette Marie Thomas (fiancé, William Lawson), Moline, and Shanelle Lynn (husband, Dameon) Dunbar, Snellville, Georgia; grandchildren, Alaiveir Atwater, Armani Atwater, Aisya Guillory, Kourtney Osborne, and Kyla Osborne; siblings, Hattie "Fan" Gilkey, Wanzella Richman, Thelma (Michael) Floyd, Lorraine (Space) Johnson, Harvey (Jennie) Thomas, Jr., James (Sallie) Thomas, and Joyce Ann Thomas; and a host of friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Gloria Thomas.

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Published by The Rock Island Dispatch Argus from Apr. 12 to Apr. 15, 2021.
2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory
3030 - 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
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3030 - 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
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To the family, I am so so sorry for your loss and I send my deepest sympathy, prayers and condolences. I worked with George at Walmart for many years and he was always so pleasant and friendly. Even after he retired, when he came in to shop, we still had pleasant conversations with each other. George will truly be missed and never forgotten.
Shelley Overton
April 17, 2021
you have my deepest sympathy at this time of the lost of George.
Linda Meirhaeghe
April 16, 2021
To the family of George Thomas, I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. I've known George for a long time. We played a lot of tennis together. He will be sorely missed.
Jeff jamison
April 15, 2021