A Time to Be Born
My life began February 19, 1924. I was born to the late Mary Lee McClendon and Tom Thomas in Dooly County, GA. I was raised on a farm by my grandparents, the late Levi and Henrietta McClendon. As a young child, my grandparents instilled in me the importance of trusting in the Lord. They exemplified what it meant to be committed to family; and I strived every day to show this same level of commitment to my own family.
At an early age, I accepted Christ as my personal savior. I joined Zion Grove Baptist Church where in 1966 I became an ordained Deacon. Any one will tell you that I love the Lord and Zion Grove Baptist Church where I later became Chairman of the Deacon Board.
In 1942, I married the late Ossie Lee Tookes Thomas. From this union, there were 6 children: Mattie, Willie, Olivia, Mary, Joe and Gloria. After many years of dedication, I retired from Robins Air Force Base. For several years, my children and I owned and operated Thomas and Children (T&C) Family Restaurant of Montezuma, GA.
Later, I joined hands in marriage to Rosa Lee Hobes Thomas and from this union I inherited six more children: Rosa, Albert, Willie, James, Debra, and Ronnie. My strongest desire has always been that my family would stick together and take care of each other and so far, they have done an awesome job.
A Time to Die
In accordance with God’s plan, on February 14, 2015 my earthly life ended and my heavenly life began. As I transitioned, I was surrounded by my family. I can assure you, I have lived a blessed life. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith. For me, there are no more nights that will turn into days, but I live on in the hearts of each of you.
I leave a legacy of golden memories to my wife Rosa Hobes Thomas, Montezuma, GA, my devoted children: Mattie Walters (Greene, deceased), Akron, OH, Willie Thomas (Louise, deceased), Montezuma, GA, Olivia Cochran (Eddie, Sr.), Montezuma, GA, Mary Davis (Bobby), Montezuma, GA, Joe Thomas (Helen), Oglethorpe, GA, Gloria Thomas, Montezuma, GA, Willie D. Hobes (Mattie), Greensboro, GA, Rosa Hobes Fox, Washington D.C., Albert Hobes (Lanett) Buffalo, NY, James Hobes Jr., Debra Hobes, and Ronnie Hobes all of Montezuma, GA, 37 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.