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Dorris Gaylon Thomas

March 23, 1938 March 16, 2021
Dorris Gaylon Thomas
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Dorris Gaylon Thomas, age 82, of Golconda, IL passed away March 16, 2021 at Parkview Nursing and Rehab in Paducah, KY. He was born March 23, 1938 to Rev. Willie Thomas and Floe Burklow Thomas. He spent his life in Pope County where he found pleasure in nature. “There’s another one,” he would declare as he plucked a four-leaf clover as if it should have been obvious to any passerby.

While attending the church his father was a pastoring, he met the love of his life, Sharon LaDonna Newton, they married on November 15, 1958. The “Brownfield Loverboy” gathered bouquets of daffodils (Easter flowers), roses, whatever was in bloom, as he walked on the farm and he delivered them to Sharon with a mischievous grin.

Dorris is survived by his wife, Sharon Thomas; four daughters, Twila (Mark) Staton of Brownfield, IL, Trina (Ken) Slaughter of Milford, OH, Teresa (Scott) Miller of St. Louis, MO, Tammy (Gary) Adkerson of Rockvale, TN; seven grandchildren, Katherine (Gib) Reynolds of Waco, TX, Isaac Miller of St. Louis, MO, Moriah (Josiah Lee) Yates of Toledo, OH, Josiah Slaughter of Milford, OH, Madalynn Adkerson of Rockvale, TN, Emmaline Adkerson of Rockvale, TN, Samuel Adkerson of Rockvale, TN.

Through the years Dorris worked at Dixon Springs State Park, the Ambulance service and the Illinois Department of Corrections but his lifelong passion was horses.

Dorris is gone from us now. He hasn’t “gone to Halifax” but rather to heaven where he was greeted by his sister, Virginia Rambo, his parents, Rev. Willie and Floe Thomas, and his savior, Jesus.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL. Rev. Mark Staton will conduct the service. Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. till time of service. Interment will follow at Vienna Fraternal Cemetery in Vienna, IL. Those attending the service are reminded to observe customarily accepted social distancing guidelines. The wearing of a face covering is required upon entry of funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter
320 East Walnut Street, STE. A., Carbondale, IL 62901or Gospel Mission Tabernacle church, PO Box 815, Golconda, IL 62938.

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Visitation

Saturday

20

Mar

11:00 AM 3/20/2021 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 3/20/2021 1:00:00 PM
Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville

1099 State Hwy 145 North
PO Box 69
Eddyville, IL 62928

Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville
1099 State Hwy 145 North Eddyville 62928 IL
United States

Service

Saturday

20

Mar

1:00 PM 3/20/2021 1:00:00 PM
Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville

1099 State Hwy 145 North
PO Box 69
Eddyville, IL 62928

Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville
1099 State Hwy 145 North Eddyville 62928 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Vienna Fraternal Cemetery Final Resting Place

North 6th Street
Vienna, Illinois 62995

North 6th Street Vienna 62995 Illinois
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gospel Mission Tabernacle

PO Box 815
176 State HWY W
Golconda, Illinois 62938

Alzheimer's Association

320 East Walnut Street, Ste. A
Carbondale, IL 62901
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