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January 19, 2012

Lawrence O. Thomas

Oct. 31, 1921 - Jan. 19, 2012

ANDERSON, Ind. — Lawrence O. Thomas, 90, of Anderson, died Jan. 19, 2012, at Saint John’s Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 31, 1921, in Terre Haute to John Carl and Lillie (Hackler) Thomas.

He served 23 years retiring as a Lt. Colonel Senior Command Pilot in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement, he was an entrepreneur and business developer.

He attended Park Place Church of God and was a member of the Church of Christ in Cookeville, Tenn. He brought fun, laughter, wisdom and great joy to his family and friends. A benefactor to his treasures Anderson University, Anderson Symphony Orchestra and Madison County Historical Society. He received many military awards including the 2010 Anderson Community Schools’ Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Morrison) Blevins Thomas of Anderson; children, Lawrence (Margie) Thomas of Tennessee, Marsha Thomas Harrell of Minnesota, and Beth (Scott) Brown of Tennessee; stepchildren, John (Tami) Blevins of Anderson and Joy (Randy) Loyd of Anderson; grandchildren, Julie Thomas, Scott L. Brown, Jacqueline Brown, John Chapman and DeAnna Bullard, all of Tennessee, Kathy Harrell-Latham of Minnesota, Tom Harrell of Nebraska; stepgrandchildren, Amanda (Dave) Tansel, Lacy (Brody) Stock, Angie (Kyle) Garner, Troy (Jessica) Loyd, Kassidy Hiatt and Kyler Hiatt; 18 great-grandchildren; stepsister, Donna Ruth Thomas; and sisters-in-law, Mona Hoffman and Vivian Caudill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth (Mundy) Thomas; sister, Ethel Thomas; stepgranddaughter, Alison Blevins Rogers; and great-granddaughter, Savanna Stock.

Dorothy and the Anderson family will receive friends at the Welcome Center at Park Place Church of God on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville, Tenn. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Burial will be in Crestlawn Cemetery in Cookeville, Tenn.

Memorial contributions may be given to Anderson University to the Lawrence and Dorothy Blevins Thomas Scholarship Fund.

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