Charles Clayton Thomas, Sr., 93, died Friday, December 20, 2019, at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland, MD. He had been a resident of Oakland Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.
Born April 28, 1926, in Friendsville, MD, he was the son of the late Clay and Katharine Thomas. He grew up in Friendsville, where he met and married his wife of 70 years, Shirley Fay (Tressler) Thomas, who preceded him in death in December 2017. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Thomas.
He was a member of World War II’s “Greatest Generation” serving in the 6th Armored Division under the command of General George S. Patton and was in the Company Commander’s Sherman tank which was the first tank to enter the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during its liberation in 1945.
After returning home from the war, he began a career with the Maryland Forest Service and later was promoted to Superintendent of Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Parks, a post he held for many years until his retirement. Upon his retirement he and his wife built their retirement home overlooking Deep Creek Lake. Following his retirement he began a second career in real estate sales and appraisals. Following a second retirement he began a third career with First United Bank & Trust. Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing and flying his Cessna airplane and loved his pet dogs and cats over the years.
He is survived by four children, Diana Thomas, Oakland; Charles Thomas, Jr. and wife, Linda, Frostburg, MD; Debbie Savage, Oakland; Brad Thomas and wife, JaNel, Cumberland, MD; one grandson, Samuel Thomas and wife, Jennifer, Cumberland; a number of nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 1100 Memorial Drive, Oakland, on Monday, December 23, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Services will be conducted following the viewing at 12:00 pm with Carroll Harvey officiating. Interment will be in Taylor-Sines Cemetery, Swallow Falls, MD. Military honors will be accorded by various veterans organizations of southern Garrett County.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation (a no-kill shelter), P.O. Box 566, Cumberland, MD 21501-0566.
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