July 13, 1930 - May 28, 2018
Mack Thomas, age 86 and a resident of Pine, died peacefully Monday May 28, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center. His soul departed this earthly journey to appear in the presence of his Savior and Lord. He was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church and attended faithfully as long as his health permitted. Mack was a quiet and gentle man who loved the Lord and his family and his country. He was thankful that his sons and grandchildren are in church serving the Lord. Even though his health has been frail for several years, he often said he was thankful for each day God gave him. He fought this last battle just as he lived the rest of his life, with courage and faith.
After graduating Pine High School, Mack spent two years at Southeastern Louisiana University before joining the United States Navy where he proudly served his country in 1948-1952, during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Askari, an auxiliary landing craft repair ship. He was aboard this ship during the Inchon invasion and later there for the Hungnam evacuation of American troops. His ship was responsible for keeping the United States ships and equipment repaired and battle ready.
Mack retired from the U.S. Postal service as the Postmaster of the Angie Post Office after 32 years of service. He enjoyed his retirement years. He loved to work outside and grew a large garden every year. His great pleasure was to share his produce with others. Mack was a thoughtful and honorable man who always gave thought to what he said and did. He believed that love was something you did, not just words you said. He believed the example you set in life was more important than the words you said.
He came from a large family that he dearly loved. For many years he was involved in organizing the annual family reunion.
When his health made him give up his gardening, he found a new passion, watching anything LSU. He loved all college sports and kept up with all the teams and players. He enjoyed reading and spent time daily reading his Bible.
Mack was greatly loved and respected by his wife and family and will be missed. The tears we shed are for ourselves. We know his faith is now sight, at peace in the presence of Jesus.
The family would like to express our deepest appreciation to his cardiologist, Dr. Fortune A. Dugan and his staff at East Jefferson Medical Center. We were very blessed to have such a caring and compassionate doctor. His dedication and concern for his patients is extraordinary. Through Dr. Dugan’s many interventions over the last 33 years God granted a little more time for Mack to be with us. We would like to thank the PrimeCare home health team. They were always so kind, their visits giving a bright spot in the days when his health became so frail.
We would also like to thank Riverside Medical Center for the respect and tribute at the passing of our loved one. It meant so very much. To each of you that took the time and stood by in that hallway, we thank you.
Survived by: Loving Wife of 44 years: Maida Mulina Thomas; 2 Sons and Daughters in law: Michael D. and Janet Thomas of Franklinton, Christopher J. and Megan Thomas of Greenville, SC; 5 Grandchildren and Spouses: Amber and Marc Lopez, Kirby and Jonathan Barber, Savannah Thomas, Logan Thomas, Mackenzie Thomas; 4 Great-grandchildren: Leah Lopez, Michael Lopez, Jaxson Barber, Jace Barber; 2 Sisters: Lucille Thomas of Tennessee, Alberta Kennedy of Alabama; Also numerous nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents M.C. “Buck” Thomas and Doretha Cooper Thomas, four sisters Elizabeth Hines, Ruth Mae Thomas, Rosa Lee Ball, Margain Tynes and ten brothers Seamon Thomas, Willie Thomas, Cullie Thomas, Loyd L. Thomas, Marcus Thomas, Paul Thomas, Silas Thomas, J.M. Thomas, Berkley Thomas, Dolton Thomas.
Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Wednesday May 30, 2018 from 10 am until 3 pm. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 3 pm Wednesday with Eld. Darin Uzell officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Michael D. Thomas, Christopher J. Thomas, Marc Lopez, Jonathan Barber, Gary Thomas, Terry Pittman