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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Sunday January 31st, 2021

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Jack Ray Thomas



Jack Ray Thomas, age 82, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Mitchell House.


A native of Mitchell County, he was born on July 12, 1938 to the late Scott Thomas and Osa Jane McClellan Thomas. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Glenda Thomas; a daughter, Veneisa Branch; and a brother, Scott Thomas, Jr.


Jack worked in the maintenance department at Baxter Healthcare. He was a true people person who was always welcoming to all who visited his home. Jack was an adventurous man who loved exploring the mountains, rock hunting, and spending time waterskiing on Lake James. He enjoyed bowling and music, and he had a beautiful singing voice. Jack was a talented woodworker, and he received a Governor’s Award for being a master craftsman.


He is survived by his wife, Becky Johnson Thomas; a step-son, Mark Lyons; step-grandchildren, Kaleb Lyons, Ashley Gouge, and Carly Lyons; step-great grandchildren, Rylan Starr, Layla Lyons, and Araya, Benji, and Nash Gouge; two sisters, Ola Belle Canipe, Evelyn Ollis (Pete), and several nieces and nephews he loved.


A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Reverend Gary Greene officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the First Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Spruce Pine.


The family requests all who attend the service to wear a mask and practice social distancing.


Serving as pallbearers will be Kaleb Lyons, James Gouge, Jason Justice, Larry Ollis, Peyton Rose, and Jay Davis.




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Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Melanie Rose Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM

Because of Jack I have so many great memories. As my uncle he taught me how to do so many things. He taught me how to swim, water ski, bowl, etc. The future will be different without Jack but he is free from all sickness now.

Larry Ollis Jan 31 2021 12:00 AM

Jack was the very best brother a sister could ever have. He always shared the joy of his life with his family and friends never holding back. Jack had a true kind heart and was the sweetest man I ever knew. He loved his family and they loved him back. I will miss my brother but I know he is in heaven now unchained from the burden of Alzheimer's.

Belle Canipe Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

I will never forget all the adventures in my life as a kid with my uncle Jack and the family. Because of Jack, I have been to places in the mountains and had experiences that I would never have had otherwise. A few memories...riding around on a truck on the Bald mountain, eating sweet cold watermelons chilled by mountain streams, learning about rocks and the secret gems they could hold, picnics at Linville and swimming in that cold icy mountain water. Let's celebrate the life of such a wonderful person God gave to us!

Regina Huray Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

Jack was such a fun person to hang out with. We laughed together alot over a lot of things. He was my brother-in-law but he treated me like a sister. He always welcomed me in his home and always assured me that I was welcome to come back again. I will miss his kindness but I am so glad to know that Heaven is his home now.

Grace Wyatt Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

Jack was our familys Indiana Jones. Wherever he was adventure followed. I can remember all of our fun times on Lakes James skiing and roasting hotdogs. Somewhere some catfish has a nice set of teeth thanks to uncle Jack. But he got up and rode that wake board just to prove he could at 60+ years. (I personally had no doubt.) From shooting guns on Thanksgiving day to riding the waves on Lake Jamess, we always had a blast. I only have fond memories of our many adventures together. I know you are having the adventure of a lifetime exploring heaven. Until we meet again...

Victoria Justice Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM

Becky we are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Please know we will be praying for you.

Tommy & Vangie Peek Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Thomas

Glenda Hollifield Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Thomas

Deborah Wiseman Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jack Thomas

Fran Laney Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM

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