Jimmy Ray Thomas, Jr.
      On the morning of July 27, 2016, Jimmy Ray Thomas passed away at
the age of 46 in the comfort of his own home after a long battle of fighting
cancer.  He was born, January 1, 1970 in Richwood, West Virginia to
Ellen and Jimmy Thomas. He graduated from Nicholas County High
School in 1988 and was a dedicated wrestler and art student.  On this
day he will be reunited with his grandmother Minnie Marie Childers and
other loved ones. He was a big brother, little brother, uncle, nephew,
father, son and friend. During his journey he will be watching over his two
loving daughters, Charlee and Chloey Thomas and family: Ellen Thomas;
Jimmy and Robin Thomas; Jeanette, Jason, Tanner, Nathan Israel;
Jason, Makayla and Colin Thomas; Jennifer, Lucas, and Henry Walsh;
Guinevere Beirne; Holt Thomas; Brian, Kim, Colton, and Josie Thomas;
best friend: Christy Rose, and many, many aunts, uncles, nephews,
cousins, and friends.
   Throughout his life he carried various jobs and was a perfectionist at
his best. He worked as a skilled painter, gardener, craftsman,
construction worker, councilor for juveniles, and an advocate for positive
   Jimmy Ray lived his life to the fullest. Encircled by friends and good
times he was a man of great value with treasures that are priceless.
Adventure paid his way through this world. The children that surrounded
him learned many life lessons and skills. With just a stroll through the
woods and his back yard he would he would teach them the art of
survival through gardening, building fires, trapping, fishing, hunting, flint
knapping, and foraging for mushrooms, ramps, and berries.  
   Jimmy, you will be missed by many and we will continue spreading
your words of wisdom for our future generations.
   “When it gets tough and things don’t look like they are going to work
out, you can laugh by faith. Knowing that God has already written the final
   His spirit and talents will be celebrated, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday,
July 30, 2016 at White Funeral Home at Summersville with Denver
Childers leading the service. Please come and share your story of his
life.  Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Glade
   Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.     
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