The Obit For Roland Thomas


Greensboro News & Record (NC) - July 4, 2008

PINE BLUFF, AR - Roland Thomas, 82, of Pine Bluff, died at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Reverend Dr. Bob Harper officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Thomas was born June 6, 1926, in Goldsboro, North Carolina, a son of the late John Haywood and Pauline Uzzell Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was reared and received his education in Goldsboro where he attended the Goldsboro schools.
Mr. Thomas was an avid baseball fan. He played minor league baseball in the Palmetto league, the Carolina State league and the House of David. His favorite team was the New York Yankees. He also played baseball in the Yankee and Dodger organizations.

He began working for International Paper Company in Georgetown, South Carolina in 1950. He transferred with the company to Pine Bluff in 1958 and worked until his retirement in June of 1991.

He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and former co-owner of the Blossom Shop florist in Pine Bluff.
Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2000, Shirley Vann Thomas, whom he married September 21, 1947, in Dillon, South Carolina; a twin brother, Robert Thomas of Pine Bluff, and brother, Linwood Thomas of Griffith, North Carolina.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Tony Crowson of White Hall; grandson and granddaughter- in-law, Andy and Melissa Crowson of Bentonville; two granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Tisha and Tom Broyles of Fayetteville and Christie and Paul Donaldson of Woodlawn; ten great- grandchildren, Terny, Ryan and Brittany Crowson of Bentonville, Jordan, Franco, Thomas and Beau Broyles of Fayetteville and Alex, Callie and Katie Donaldson of Woodlawn; three brothers, John Thomas of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Bill Thomas of Washington, North Carolina and Joe Thomas of Wallace, South Carolina; one sister, Beulah Sutton of LaGrange, North Carolina.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening at Robinson's.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to First Baptist Church of White Hall Building Fund, 8708 Dollarway Road, White Hall, AR, 71602.