Service to be Tuesday For Franklin E. Thomas, 86

Franklin Edward Thomas

A celebration of the life of Franklin Edward Thomas will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Salvation Army, 405 Sawmill Creek Road. Refreshments will be served.

Franklin was promoted to glory Sept. 22, at SEARHC. He was 86.

Franklin was born Feb. 5, 1937, in Kake, the son of Bob and Esther Thomas. After graduating from Mt. Edgecumbe High School he returned to Kake, but when he was in his 20s he and his bride Virginia moved to Sitka, where he joined the National Guard.

He worked as a cook at Mt. Edgeumbe Hospital for 40 years, and after his retirement his joy was to remain at home, making sure his family was taken care of.

He loved Gold Medal Basketball, and attended faithfully each year.

Franklin was preceded in death by the love of his life, Virginia Thomas, to whom he was married for 64 years. He also was preceded in death by Frank Thomas Jr., Edward Dale, Mildred Evonne, Marlene Rose and Daniel Thomas.

He is survived by his son, David Thomas of Sitka; granddaughters Gena Johnson of Sitka and Amanda Jones of Colorado; grandson Scott Thomas of Sitka; brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Gini Thomas of Saxman; sister Rosemary Thomas of Juneau; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Those wishing more information may call Flo Murray, 907 623-8464.

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