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James A. Thomas

September 15, 1947 ~ September 29, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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James Thomas Obituary

James A. Thomas, 76, of Columbia, Kentucky, died Friday, September 29, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born September 15, 1947, in Adair County, to the late Roy Freeman and Dorothy Smith Thomas.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ray Thomas, Danny “Boone” Thomas and Robert “Radio” Thomas.

James was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served 1968 - 1970 during the Vietnam Era.  He retired in 1998 after twenty years of service with the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons.  He was a member of Pollards Chapel Church and enjoyed watching his UK Wildcats, golfing, Kansas City Chiefs, and for the past five years, he enjoyed spending his time on his farm.

Survivors include:

His wife – Carole Rowe Thomas of Columbia

One son – James Wesley Thomas of Campbellsville

Two daughters – Angie Mills (Tim) and Stephanie Thomas all of Campbellsville

Five step-children – Jeff Neagle of Somerset, Jennifer Boils (Dale) of Campbellsville, Thad Keltner (Courtney) of Columbia, Sarah Simmons (Jon) of Iowa, Ethan Keltner (Emily) of Columbia

Two brothers – Harold “Catfish” Thomas of Georgetown, Donnie "Moochie" Thomas of Campbellsville

Six sisters – Betty Wingler of Campbellsville, Charlotte Coffey of Columbia, Faye Underwood of Campbellsville, Pauline Teater of Campbellsville, Kim Skaggs of Hodgenville and Karen Brown of Campbellsville

Four grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren

A host of other relatives and friends

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 2, 2023 from 12:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with a time of Remembrance at 6:00 P.M.  Cremation to follow.

Graveside Memorial Service – Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. in Columbia Cemetery with Pastor Glenn Lewis officiating

Full Military honors will be presented by V.F. W. Post 6097

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to Gideon Bibles, Hosparus-Green River or Pollards Chapel Church.  These can be made at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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October 2, 2023

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home
200 Campbellsville Street
Columbia, Kentucky 42728

Time of Remembrance
October 2, 2023

6:00 PM
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home
200 Campbellsville Street
Columbia, Kentucky 42728

Graveside Service
October 5, 2023

2:00 PM
Columbia Cemetery
315 Campbellsville St.
Columbia, KY 42728


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