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Friday, 04 September 2020 15:00

Donald Franklin Thomas

Donald Franklin Thomas, 82, of Lawrenceville, VA, passed away Friday, September 4, 2020. A lifelong resident of Brunswick County, he was the son of the late Maria Short Thomas and Otis Alexander Thomas. He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Wilbur, Buck, JC “Red,” Dick, and Billy; and seven sisters, Mary, Velma, Nellie, Ruth, Ella, Lorene, and Ann. Donald was a life member of Liberty Church and Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Squad, and a former Board member of Virginia Agricultural Growers Association. A lifelong tobacco farmer of Brightleaf Farm in Lawrenceville, VA, he was an avid NASCAR fan, attending many races throughout his life along with his brother, Marvin, and many friends. He was recognized by many fertilizer and chemical dealers, and was always introduced to them by his friend, Mallory Lafoon, as the “Best” tobacco farmer in Brunswick County. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Patsy Thomas; sons, Donny Thomas (Joyce), Mike Thomas (Abbe), and Barry Thomas (Janet); brothers, Marvin and Ran; sister, Mattie; grandchildren, Lyndsay Buchanan (Jason), Danny Thomas (Brittany), Justin Thomas (Bri), and J.R. Thomas; great-grandchildren, Faith Buchanan, Kaye Lee Buchanan, Lee Ann Thomas, and Aerin Thomas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Williams Funeral Home & Crematory in Lawrenceville. The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Liberty Church or Lawrenceville Fire Department. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
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  • Comment Link Jon Gibson Thursday, 10 September 2020 11:33 posted by Jon Gibson

    So sorry to hear about Mr. Thomas. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know he and my dad are talking farming now.

  • Comment Link Lacy Howerton Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:43 posted by Lacy Howerton

    Mrs Thomas
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    God Bless you and your family.
    I enjoyed seeing him at the office over the years he and you came.
    Lacy Howerton

  • Comment Link Shirley Leyland Wednesday, 09 September 2020 18:12 posted by Shirley Leyland

    So sorry to get the news today, Sept. 9,2020. I send my sincere thoughts and prayers to all of the family during this sad time. May God's Love comfort each of you and bless you in the years to come.
    Love and Blessings, Shirley Leyland

  • Comment Link Shelby, Bill and Mary Hawthorne. Wednesday, 09 September 2020 16:44 posted by Shelby, Bill and Mary Hawthorne.

    So sorry to hear this. Love and hugs to his family. May God grant you comfort and peace during this time.

  • Comment Link Cindy and Larry Black Sunday, 06 September 2020 12:15 posted by Cindy and Larry Black

    Uncle Donald will he missed. May God bless the family during this time and wrap them with loving grace!

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