Obit: Robert Thomas

Obit: Robert Thomas

April 10th, 2019 in Obituaries
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MONTEAGLE — Robert Reece Thomas, 95, died Monday, April 8, 2019, at a local hospital. The son of William Carl and Ruth Patton Thomas, he was born on May 16, 1923, in South Pittsburg, Tenn. Bob’s maternal ancestors were among the earliest settlers of the Sequatchie Valley. He attended the South Pittsburg schools and Middle Tennessee State College in Murfreesboro, before graduating from the University of the South at Sewanee in 1949. Bob served from 1942-1946 in the United States Marine Corps, and was a staff sergeant in the 2nd Marine Division which was sent to Saipan and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. After the war he returned to South Pittsburg, married Emma Lockert Rogers on December 31, 1948, and went to work at Marion Lumber Company. As his family grew, Bob began to invest in business opportunities and started a construction company, began a ready-mix concrete company, joined a friend in a sawmill and lumber company, and started a finance company. The ready-mix company grew into Sequatchie Concrete Service, now with plants in 16 locations in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, and the success of the finance company resulted in the creation of Citizens State Bank, now Tower Bank in 10 locations across Tennessee. In addition to business, Bob Thomas loved golf and was an avid, talented golfer, even at 90. He was instrumental in building the Sequatchie Valley Golf Course in the 1950s and was club champion many times. In 2010, he bought that property and the family rebuilt the course which is now the Sweetens Cove Golf Course. Bob was a member of Christ Church Episcopal, sang in the choir, served on the vestry and as Senior Warden several times. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Emmy, two sisters, Rachel Graham and Pat Carter Wilson, two sons, William and Frank, and granddaughter, Shanna Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Susan Rogers Thomas of Monteagle; a sister, Nancy (Dick) Cook of Tucson, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Ruth Wainwright of Pearl River, N.Y.; two sons, Reece and David Thomas, both of Chattanooga; step-daughter, Dayna (Tom) Eddy of Lookout Mountain; 10 grandchildren, Stephen (Leona) Thomas, Jennifer Thomas (Zack Woods), Robert Thomas (Jamilyn Peters), Carl Thomas, and Emma Caroline Thomas, all of Chattanooga, and Allen (Monica) Thomas of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Ansleigh & Grayson Thomas; three nephews, Thomas Wesley “Rusty” Graham (Judy) of South Pittsburg, John Hope Graham of Jasper, Richard Wayne Cook of Tucson, Ariz., Paul Turner of Guild, Richard Turner of Kingston, Richard Rogers and Steve Rogers, both of Chattanooga; five nieces, Judy Graham Blevins of Jasper, Beth Carter Hansard of Chattanooga, Carolyn Carter Holland of Columbus, Ga., Jane Carter Smith (Mark) of Indianapolis, Ind., Susan Cook Martin (Ken) of El Cerrito, Calif., Julia Rogers of Hendersonville, Nancy Ann Turner Hookey of South Pittsburg, Amy Turner Burns of Monteagle, Betty Turner of Raleigh, N.C., Kelly Wainwright (Tino Vieitez) of Fort Lee, NJ, and Mary Lee Wainwright of Manuet, N.Y. Funeral services will be held at Christ Church, Episcopal in South Pittsburg at 4 p.m. central time Thursday, April 11, 2019, with the Rev. John H. Bonner and the Rev. Kim Hobby officiating. Interment will be in Cumberland View Cemetery in Kimball, Tenn. The family will receive friends for visitation Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. central time at Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg. Memorial donations may be made to the Emmy Thomas Memorial Fund at Christ Church, P.O. Box 347, South Pittsburg 37380, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.rogersfuneralhome.com.


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