William “Frank” Thomas, Jr., 86, went home to be with the Lord on May 4, 2011.
Mr. Thomas is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Louise Thomas; parents, William Franklin Thomas, Sr, and Sadie Morgan Thomas: sister, Frances Thomas Sontag (Charles); brothers: Wallace M. Thomas, Eugene Samuel Thomas (Wanda), Charles Scott Thomas, Sr. (Elizabeth).
Mr. Thomas served in the Army during WWII where he was commissioned to maintain aircraft in Mobile, Al. He retired from Dover Corporation in 1989 where he was in sales and traveled the world. Upon his retirement he became curator of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum in Chattanooga, TN. For many years he wrote “Pop’s Corner” for the Museum View Newsletter where he kept his friends and members updated with past and present history of the industry. He appeared in national and international television and radio programming promoting the museum and Chattanooga, Tn. He was honored to be a member in the Hall of Fame at the museum. He will be missed by his loving family and his many friends.
Survivors include four children: Richard E. (Angela) Thomas of Moneta, Va., Mary F. Bunch and Lyndia S. Thomas of Red Bank and Nora (Bobby) Faulkenberry of Ringgold, Ga; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, 3315 Broad St., Chattanooga TN 37408.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace with Dr. Phil Griffin officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Visitation is be 4:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday and Friday, May 5th and May 6th at Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace . Visit www.lanefh.com to view LifeTribute video and share condolences.
Posted by Cyndi Kight, Associate Editor of Towing and Recovery Footnotes