Gerald Raymond Thomas
Published in The News & Advance on May 23, 2012
Thomas, 81, of Madison Heights, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012 at
Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of Peggy Bryant Thomas
for the past 60 loving years.
Born October 21, 1930 in Elon, Gerry was the oldest son of Gerald James
and Mildred Carpenter Thomas. He was a member of Sandy Bottom Christian
Church in Madison Heights and a US Army veteran.
Gerry played professional baseball for ten years in the Cardinals, Yankees,
and Dodgers organizations. He taught Physical Education and coached baseball
at Amherst County High School from 1947 - 1967 and then served as head
Baseball Coach at Lynchburg College from 1968 through 1995 where his teams
won over 600 games.
to his wife, he is survived by three children, Dr. Randall W. Thomas and
his wife Cindy of Luray; Janet T. Campbell and her husband Jerry of Amherst
and James B. Thomas and his wife Pam of Amherst; one brother, N.J. Thomas
of Madison Heights; six grandchildren, Katie Giles and her husband Eric
of New Bern, NC, Kelly Garner and her husband Jeff of Mechanicsville,
Jake Campbell and his wife Jennifer of Amherst, Jaime Campbell of Chapel
Hill, NC, Jodie Campbell of Amherst and Chrisie Thomas of Amherst and
four great granddaughters.
Gerry dearly loved his family and all the good times they had together.
He loved playing with his grandchildren as they grew up and more recently
his great granddaughters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon Thursday, May 24, 2012
at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. Jim Freeman and the Rev. Dr.
Michael Fitzgerald officiating.
Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. today at Whitten
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monelison Rescue Squad, Monelison
Volunteer Fire Department or Sandy Bottom Christian Church.