Thomas, Harold Francis, Sr.
Birth: Thursday, October 07, 1937
Residence: Marbury, Maryland
Death: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the age of 78
Laid to Rest: in the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Marbury, Maryland
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Thomas, Harold Francis Sr., 78, of Marbury, Maryland.
The complete story of a man's life cannot adequately be expressed in words, but we do want to salute and celebrate the Life of "Harold Francis Thomas, Sr.", affectionately known as, "Mr. T. Night Train Tommy or Tom".
Harold departed this life and entered into eternal rest to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at home.
Dad was precious to all of us. He was born on October 7, 1937 the second son of Lloyd and Thelery Thomas of Marbury, Maryland. He received his early education from the Charles County Public Schools, graduating from Pomonkey High School in 1955.
Harold married his high school sweetheart Betty Ann (Thompson) Thomas, on November 3, 1956, and from this, union seven children were born.
Harold accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He sang on the Senior Choir under the leadership of Rev. William A. Ball. Harold also spent a period of time worshiping with the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, Maryland. However, his heart was always with his home church at Pleasant Grove where he attended faithfully until his health failed.
Harold worked various jobs in the county. His last employment was at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. where he worked in John Howard Pavilion as a Psychiatric Forensic Technician. Harold retired from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in 1995.
Harold was a hard worker and did a lot of volunteer work at the Warehouse in Cheltenham, Maryland. He would get fruit and vegetables and distribute them to local churches. He would spread monetary gifts where needed. He was a jack-of-all trades and would try anything one time, but it had to be done "HIS" way.
Harold was always helping anyone he could, doing charitable deeds for many people. He was truly one of God's missionaries. His favorite Hymn was "Ride Out The Storm", by Rev. James Flowers.
Harold loved being outside in the fresh air, working in his "several" gardens, with his "Mr. Green" farm tractor. He also loved fishing and he spent many hours in his garage working on family, friends and neighbor's cars. He was always satisfied with his work, "until his brother Billy came around" calling himself helping. You would always see those two towing cars up and down the road far and near.
Harold was a Lead Saxophonist in a band called the "Rhythym Rockers". He played football and loved bowling and racing cars. His first car was a 4-door Dodge (with suicide doors). He had his first racing car, "Orange Blossom" and he started "Mr. T and Family Racing Team" in 1995.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-six years, Betty, son, Lionel Thomas, parents, Lloyd and Thelery Thomas, and two brothers, Lloyd Thomas, Jr. and Clifton J. Thomas.
Harold leaves to cherish his memories, a son, Harold F. Thomas, Jr., five daughters: Margaret (Denise) Thomas, Linda Gray (DeWayne), Gale Thomas, Barbara Thomas and Jean M. Smoot (Gregory); ten grandchildren: Meya, Devin, Shira, JaNene, Candace, Lanelle, Lamont, Claytron, Raven and De'Shunae; five great-grands: Taleya, Terrod, Janiyah, Shai'dai and Josiah; one sister, Marjorie Lancaster (Frederick)two brothers, Curtis (Lentula) and William "Billy" (Deborah), sister-in-law, Theresa and a special friend, Ms. Barbara Wright. Harold will truly be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
"To God be the Glory"
Viewing, 9:00am until time of Service, 11:00am, Friday, January 29, 2016 at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5560 Pleasant Grove Road, Marbury, Maryland 20658. Interment, Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the Memory of Harold to Charles County Hospice House, 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, Maryland 20603 or Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5560 Pleasant Grove Road, Marbury, Maryland 20658. Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home.