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Pelham Thomas Jr.

John Pelham Thomas, 98 passed away on July 5, 2020 at Skyland Care Center in Sylva, NC from complications from pneumonia and as he would say, TMDB (Too Many Darned Birthdays). He was a retired Professor of Mathematics at Western Carolina University and owned and operated Thomas Berry Farm in Cullowhee. He was an active member of Cullowhee Baptist Church, Lions Club and the Republican Party. He delivered Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center, played mandolin at local rest homes, and was an avid Scrabble player. He is proceeded in death by his wife, Beulah Marie Hawks Thomas, and son James Paul Thomas. He is survived by 5 daughters, Sarah Jane Thomas (Asheville), Susan Marie Thomas Reynaud (Cullowhee), Nancy Thomas Davis (Crawfordville, FL,) Martha Louise Thomas (Franklin, NC) and Mary Thomas Herman (Abingdon, VA). He had 39 children who called him "Granddad." A private family service will be held at Cullowhee Baptist Church.


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So sorry for your family's loss. My husband also delivered Meals on Wheels & would often say what a nice guy he was. We also heard his music, too! And the Berry Farm-what a wonderful legacy. Take comfort in happy memories. He will be missed. Steve & Ellen Heim

Ellen Heim Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

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Ellen Heim Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Jessie Wilson Jul 8 2020 12:00 AM

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