Mr. Edward Thomas

March 2020

Mr. Edward Thomas

The funeral service for Mr. Edward Thomas of Americus, Georgia will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. on the lawn of West’s Mortuary in Americus, Georgia with Pastor Shirley Strawter officiating. Because of concerns over the Coronavirus, the CDC recommends that only immediate family members attend. We ask that you please abide by these recommendations for your safety and the safety of others.

Mr. Edward Thomas was born on October 18, 1946 in Plains, Georgia to the late Ms. Ethel Kate Baker. He was reared by his grandmother, Mrs. Lizzie Wimbush Thomas who preceded him in death. His loving grandfather, Doc Thomas also preceded him in death. Edward was one of five siblings, four preceded him in death: Edmond E. Thomas, O.C. Thomas, Lizzie T. Bert and William Thomas. He was also preceded in death by his beloved great aunt, Anna Wimbush and his devoted nephew, Cheyenne Burt.

Edward was a proud graduate of Sumter County High School Class of 1966. Early in life, he was known to be a very intelligent student, classmate and friend. Many that knew him would say that he was very observant, modest and meek. He was very passionate about the civil rights movement, so passionate that he became an active participant with the Freedom Fighters. With the Freedom Fighters, he participated in pickets and other movement activities in his community. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the Americus Lions Club. For many dedicated years, Edward was employed with the Fuller/Perry Wellness Center in Americus, Georgia.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Edward made his transition from this life to life eternal. While he will be deeply missed, we take comfort knowing that out of love and compassion, God sent His Angel of Mercy to the bedside of Edward and whispered soft and clear, “Peace be to thee”. We find solace in knowing that he joins other loving family members in that land of rest.

His life, his love, his laughter and his legacy will forever be cherished by his loving companion for over twenty years, Shirlene W. Monts; his daughter, Ramona Whitehead (Willie); two granddaughters: Angela Sapp Hercules (Mark) of Atlanta, Georgia, Shyteria Whitehead (Dennis); one grandson, Corderius Whitehead (Malina); four great grandchildren: MarKayla, JaNayla, DeLayla and Morgan all of Americus, Georgia.

Edward was filled with so much love and he had a heart of gold that he helped to raise many, to include: Towan White, Jarrod White, Jarrell White, and grandchildren JeKwan Cobb, Khiya White, James White, Jr., Tyree White, Corbyn White, Brittany Laster, Ki’Mari Sims, Khylen Johnson, Khyree Laster; his nieces and nephews: Melanie Detrese Anthony, Valecia Thomas (Otis) Seay, and LaShaunda Renee Thomas (Kenny Wilkerson) all of Americus, Georgia Otis (Betty) Burt, Blannie Burt, John (Elaine) Burt, all of Buena Vista, Georgia, Rebecca Bert (Joe) Brown of Tifton, Georgia, Marvin (Misty) Bert of Forsyth, Georgia, Mary Bert (Oscar) Bell of Americus, Georgia, James (Princie) Thomas and Annie Laney both Americus, Georgia; a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends to including life long friends: Stuart Perry, Amanda Perry, The Fullers, Charlene W. Anthony, Joseph White, Sr., James D. White, Sr., Paula Kay Jones, Perry Wellness Center, Annie Ruth Thomas, Angus Tucker, Albert Mills, Joseph White, Jr., Sammie Clayton and “Buckethead”.