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Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:44

Wilbur Eugene "Gene" Thomas

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Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Thomas, age 85, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away January 30, 2019. He is the son of the late Wilbur A. and Bessie O. Thomas and was born and raised in Brunswick County. He is a Graduate of the University of Richmond and a U. S. Army Veteran. He was the owner of Brunswick Insurance Agency and was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia. Gene loved his community and served on many boards such as the Old Brunswick Foundation; the Local Board of Southside Virginia Community College; the SVCC Foundation Board; Lawrenceville Brick Board of Directors; Sovran Bank; the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Greensville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. Mr. Thomas also served as president for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrenceville Jaycees and the Lawrenceville Rotary Club. He was a member of Edgerton United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, was a Lay Leader and Finance Chair; served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and on the Petersburg District Council. Gene was a proud Red Cross 8 gallon blood donor and a member of the Spider Club. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Alice Thomas; his sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; six great grandchildren; his sisters, Betty Davis and Lois Clary; and his brother, Ran Thomas. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Edgerton United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA; University of Richmond Spider Club, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23286; Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA 23868; or the Gene and Mary Alice Thomas Scholarship Fund, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821.
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  • Comment Link Jeff  Lesia Allen Saturday, 02 February 2019 06:57 posted by Jeff Lesia Allen

    Sending thoughts & prayers to the Thomas family.Gene was a very well known man to our town. He will be missed!

  • Comment Link Wendy Wright Friday, 01 February 2019 12:27 posted by Wendy Wright

    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Gene lived a good life and raised a great family and was a great asset to the community. His presence will surely be missed. While his physical presence may not be, he will live on through each of you. Love and prayers to you all. Mike and Wendy

  • Comment Link Susan  George Allen Friday, 01 February 2019 09:08 posted by Susan George Allen

    George & I send our deepest sympathy to the entire Thomas family on the passing of such a wonderful man. His legacy of such a loving and devoted family is the highest of his accomplishments. We pray for your strength during this difficult time and we know you are comforted by your faith, your family & wide circle of friends who hold you in their hearts. We are with you in spirit and we send you our love & deepest sympathy.

  • Comment Link Kell Fleshood Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:20 posted by Kell Fleshood

    Gene was a real favorite of mine. It was always a pleasure to see him and Mary Alice first thing in the morning. Gene was smart and kind. He was a man of integrity. Gene was proud of his family and spoke of them often. He was always smiling and happy around me. I have missed seeing him these past two years. I hope Gene had a peaceful journey and I know he is now in the light of the love of Jesus Christ his savior. Sending peace and love to Mary Alice and family. RIP buddy.

  • Comment Link Roberta Russell-James Thursday, 31 January 2019 20:23 posted by Roberta Russell-James

    Thoughts and prayers for Gene's family. I have such fond memories of him from the time I worked at Brunswick Insurance, my first real job during my Senior year at Brunswick High School. I am thankful for the opportunity to have shared this time with him.

  • Comment Link Crystal Solomon Thursday, 31 January 2019 17:56 posted by Crystal Solomon

    Sending you much love and prayers of comfort.

  • Comment Link Esther Sanderson Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:55 posted by Esther Sanderson

    I am so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. I pray that you will be comforted during this difficult time. Gene was always so kind and soft spoken. He will be greatly missed in our community.

    Love & prayers,
    Esther

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