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William Thomas, 65, Reading, died June 25, 2007, at 3 a.m. in St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Township, where he had been a patient three days. He was the husband of Mary K. (Boles) Thomas, Reading. Born April 21, 1942, in Opelika, Ala., he was a son of the late Charley Lee Thomas and Georgia B. (Fitzpatrick) Thomas. He was employed as a truck driver and construction worker by Dick Thomas in Reading. He also worked as an operating engineer for the Local 542. Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons: James L., Anthony C., and Andrew L., all of Reading; and three daughters: Jean A. (Thomas) Brabham, Reading; Tracy L. (Thomas) Truesdale, Mohrsville; and Remelle P. Banks, Reading. Other survivors include three brothers: Charles and John, both of Reading; and Randolph Thomas, Plano, Texas. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. There are also a niece, whom he helped raise, Virginia L. Allen; a special son-in-law, Tommy Truesdale; and a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved. He was predeceased by a daughter, Jacqueline Thomas; three sisters: Elizabeth, Jacqueline and Judy; and two brothers, James and Tommie. Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. in St. James Chapel Church of God in Christ, 11 S. Ninth St., Reading, PA 19602, Elder Steve McCracken officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park. Friends will be received Friday noon to 1 p.m. in the church. Whelan-Schwartz Funeral Home, Reading, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.whelanschwartz.com.

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