TRUMANN - Mr. Roger E. Thomas, 64, departed this life Friday, November 11, 2016 at the family residence in Trumann, Ark. He was born Monday, December 31, 1951 in Trumann, Ark. to Bobby and Dorothy Jean Thomas and he was the grandson of Logan and Aileen Brock Thomas and William and Rendy Eakes Jones.
Roger is survived by his wife of 41 years, Magdalena "Lyn" Thomas of the home; two daughters, Angie (Jason) Pagan and Donna Thomas both of Trumann; two sons, Robbie (Jamie) Thomas of Jonesboro and Brian (Leah) Thomas of Ellsworth Air Force Base, Box Elder, S.D.; two sisters, Joan Gail (Johnny) Griffin of Jonesboro and Teresa (Johnny) Shuburte of Marked Tree; nine grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Roger is preceded in death by both of his parents; his grandparents; his brother, Donald Ray Thomas; one sister, Patsy Thomas Kelly and one nephew, Steven Kelly.
Roger served his country for 20 years in the United States Navy. He retired a Navel Chief Petty Officer serving on the aircraft carrier the USS Peleliu. Roger also retired after 20 years of service with the Paragould School District as a maintenance technician. He worked at Conway Trucking in West Memphis, Ark., as a maintenance technician for several years before completely retiring from work.
Roger will be laid to rest at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in Birdeye, Ark., with full military honors with the Rev. Tommy Jacobs officiating.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Birdeye, Ark., under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann, Ark.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home.
An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.