Saturday, May 28, 2011
Jasper Products employee John Thomas, 40, Joplin, killed in tornado
John L. Thomas Jr. 40, of Joplin, MO died 5:30pm Sunday May 22, 2011 in the tragic tornado that hit Joplin, MO.
John was born April 27, 1971 in Wichita, KS the son of John L. Thomas Sr. and Kathie S. Campbell; he was a lifelong resident of the area and attended area schools.
On December 1, 1990 he married Lori Stevens in Frontenac, KS; they later divorced. On April 27, 2002 he married Carin Neely in Riverton, KS; they later divorced. John worked for Jasper products in Joplin, MO; he was of the Christian Faith; enjoyed golfing, gambling, fishing, hunting, football, playing catch and was known to love work.
Survivors include his parents, children Caleb W. Thomas of Girard, KS, Kevin W. Neely of Joplin, MO, Adam L. Thomas of Girard, KS and Joel B. Thomas of Boston, MA; stepmother Chris Thomas; maternal grandmother Juanita Campbell of Pittsburg, KS and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother Christopher D. Thomas, maternal grandfather Herman Campbell, paternal grandparents Lewin A. and Twilla I. Thomas.
Funeral Services will be 10am Tuesday May 31, 2011 at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, KS with Pastor Daryl Gaddy officiating.
Burial will follow at Lone Elm Cemetery in Rural Cherokee County.
Family will receive friends from 7-8pm Monday May 30, 2011 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, KS. Friends may the funeral home after 2pm Monday. In lieu of flowers the family ask expressions of
sympathy be in the form of memorials to John L. Thomas Jr. Children’s Fund. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave Columbus, KS 66725. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS.