Lonnie Elwood Thomas, 71, passed away Thursday December 20, 2012. He was born May 24, 1941 in Yadkin County to the late Thomas “Chuck” Elwood Thomas and Lois Mikles Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert “Bobby” Thomas.
Mr. Thomas graduated from East Bend High School in 1959. He was an exceptional athlete and was on the Championship Basketball Team his senior year lead by friend and Coach Jim Morgan.
He attended Appalachian State University on a Full Athletic Scholarship playing basketball and graduated with a BS Degree in Business Administration in 1963.
He began teaching at Yadkinville High School that fall. In addition to teaching for several years, he also coached girls and boys varsity basketball and varsity baseball.
Mr. Thomas also worked for approximately 13 years in Sales and in Management in the Hardware Department at Sears in Winston-Salem. This in turn prompted him & his wife, Linda to open their first business — Boonville Hardware. After a few years, they also opened Crossroads Hardware in 1986, located between Boonville and East Bend.
A longtime member of New Home United Methodist Church, Mr. Thomas had served as Superintendent and taught Sunday School for many years.
Mr. Thomas also served on the Board of Directors for First Citizens Bank for a number of years.
Surviving is his wife, Linda Taylor Thomas. Lonnie & Linda were married June 21, 1962. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary this past June 21, 2012.
Also surviving are daughters, Amie (Scott) Brendle and Angie (Jay) Funk; Grandchildren, Benjamin Brendle, William Watson-Brendle, Julie Brendle, Taylor Brendle, Jacob Funk and Jessica Funk; brother, Richard (Mary) Thomas.
The Family received friends on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Gentry Family Funeral Service with the Graveside Service following at New Home United Methodist Church by the Reverend Gary Mahathey and songs of farewell shared by Dr. Ginger Holt.
Memorials may be made to New Home United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3340 Smithtown Rd., East Bend, NC 27018.
Online condolences may be made at www.gentryfuneralservice.com