With sincere compassion, we respectfully announce the transition of Deacon Jesse Thomas, a native of Matthews, AL, and resident of Montgomery, AL. Mr. Thomas transitioned on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. He was 94. Public visitation will be held on Friday, June 11th, 2021, from 4-6 PM, in the McComb Honorary Chapel of Jackson Professional Funeral Services. In compliance with government recommendations, and J.P.F.S. public safety standards, individuals attending the visitation are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times while inside the facility. Temperature checks are also required upon entering the funeral home. A Homegoing Celebration will be held Saturday, June 12th, 2021, at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 15617 Troy Hwy, Mathews, AL 36052. Public visitation will begin at 12PM; homegoing service will follow at 1PM.
Deacon Jesse Thomas was born July 4th, 1926, in Mathews, AL, to the late Willie and Addie Thomas. He passed away on Thursday afternoon, June 3rd, at his home.
Jesse retired after 32 years of service as a driver for AAA Cooper Transportation. At his surprise retirement party, a local councilman presented him with a congratulatory letter and called him King of the Road. He was a life time member of Abraham Lodge #267.
Ordained in 1964, Deacon Thomas was a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church where he served faithfully as the eldest deacon and as a member of the ushers board.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Martha Ann, three children, five brothers, and five sisters.
Left to cherish his memories are four children: Patricia T. Felder and Shirley T. Nelson, both of Montgomery, AL, Jesse (Charlotte) Thomas, Jr. of Columbus, GA, and Jessie Carr of Cleveland, OH; eleven grandchildren: Tekisha (Gary) Sankey, Kawaski (Sonya) Nelson, Kalonji Gilchrist, Artegus Felder, Kurtavis Thomas, Tiffany (Jonathan) Williams, Shantel Graves, Dwana ( Michael) Palmer, Michael Thomas, Shaun (Keisha) Thomas, and Gary Carr. He also leaves thirty-three great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and a devoted sitter, Cristofer Wilson.
“Big Daddy,” as he was affectionately called, had a memory like an elephant. If you ever wanted to sit down to talk about his family or the city of Montgomery’s history, he would have been the one with whom you should talk.
Jackson Professional Funeral Services is grateful to the family of Mr. Jesse Thomas for entrusting our caring and dedicated professional staff with the final arrangements of their loved one. We solicit your continued, sincere support and prayers for the family as they navigate through this experience.
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