July 3, 2021, 74, Goldsboro –
Jimmy Thomas, 74, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Wayne UNC Health Care, surrounded by his family. Born in Johnston County on December 11, 1946, he was the son of the late David D. Thomas and Alma Hill Thomas.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his grandson, Stephen Paul Lund, Jr. and brothers, Dan Thomas and Durwood Thomas.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dianna J. Thomas; children and their spouses, Sonya and Andy Wingate, Robert David “Robbie” and Melissa Thomas, Amanda Michelle “Amy” and Stephen Lund, and Michael J. and Carrie Thomas; sister, Julia Thomas; and grandchildren, Thomas Wingate, Haley Wingate, Derek Lund, Devin Lund, Austin Thomas, Ainsley Thomas, Ashton Thomas, Mason Thomas, Caleb Thomas, and Madison Thomas.
Jimmy proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring after 25 years of dedicated service with the rank of Master Sergeant. During his time in the Air Force, he served as an aircraft mechanic, crew chief, and worked in munitions. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a truck driver, hauling petroleum from 1991 until 2008 when he retired a second time.
A man of great faith, Jimmy was a longtime member of Adamsville Baptist Church. He could often be found reading and studying his Bible. Jimmy enjoyed spending time at the coast, traveling, and camping with his beloved family. He loved to fish, the tug on the line always brought him great joy. Jimmy loved to watch golf on T.V., Masters Week was his favorite time of year. A man who always worked with his hands, Jimmy was a skilled and accomplished woodworker. One to never be idle, he always had a project in the works. Family was paramount to Jimmy, he relished time spent with his loved ones, especially his grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Seymour Funeral Home, followed by a service to celebrate his life at 12:30 p.m. with his son, Rev. Robert Thomas and Rev. Pat Kilby officiating. Interment will follow the service with full military honors at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Cures for the Colors, 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, NC 27534.
Arrangements by Seymour Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to www.seymourfuneralhome.com.