Charles B. Thomas Jr.

Published 11:18 am Monday, November 9, 2015

Charles B. Thomas Jr. died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at Forsyth Medical Center, one day after his 76th birthday.

A native of Harlem, N.Y., he was the son of the late Charles B. Thomas Sr. and the late Hazel Farley. On Aug. 15, 1969, he married the love of his life, Elise (“Mama”), and they were together for more than 50 years. He was a graduate of Seward Park High School and served honorably in the U.S. Army from February, 1963 to February, 1965.  He then pursued a career in office equipment and became a copier technician, working for IBM International Corp. for a number of years early in his career. This was followed by 17 years with Madia, Inc., and five years with Reliable Office Supply & Solutions in Staten Island, N.Y. He attended Mount Olivete Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors: his sons, Kevin and Charles Thomas, both of New York; daughters: Desiray E. Martin of New York and Cheryl Thomas of Maryland; godson, Barry Shelton of Las Vegas; godson Ronald E.T. Washington of New York; 4 adopted godsons from North Carolina, Curtis, Pat, Shawn, and Julian; 3 grandchildren, Akilah Osorio, Travell M. Washington and Talon T. Martin; 11 great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Sabrena Washington; plus a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and good friends.

Also preceding him in death: a son, Oliver J. Washington Sr.; a grandson, Oliver J. Washington Jr.; a brother, Frank Thomas; and a sister, Juanita Lewis.

A celebration of life service was conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Davie Funeral Service Chapel, officiated by Pastor Rodney Barker. The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the chapel.