Charles Edward Thomas
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Charles Edward Thomas
  • March 20, 1927 - December 24, 2017
  • Beavercreek, Ohio

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THOMAS, Charles E. passed peacefully on 24 December 2017. He was born 20 March 1927, in Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina, to parents Thomas S., Of Oconee Co., South Carolina, and Virginia Annice Yates of Patrick County, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 70 years, Jewell Virginia Brown Thomas, and his sister Emma Jean Thomas Paulk. He is survived by his daughter Patricia Ann Thomas Wartell (Andrew R.), of Vienna, Virginia, his niece Faye Loretta Paulk Hailey (Darnell G.) of Charlotte, North Carolina, a first cousin Lucy Lavinia Thomas Moore of Clemson, South Carolina and Babe, his beloved dachshund. He is also survived by two step-grandchildren: Samuel G. Wartell (Julie) and Elizabeth Wartell Weddle (Christopher David) and five great grandchildren. Following graduation from Hardin Reynolds Memorial High School, Critz, Virginia, Mr. Thomas enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed in Japan immediately after WWII - he was on the first troop ship into Tokyo. He returned stateside and entered Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, he and his family moved to Dayton where he began work and spent his career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, retiring in 1983 as Chief of the Vibration Acoustics and Analysis Branch of the Flight Dynamics Directorate. This year he participated in the Honor Flight Program to Washington DC with his good friend and former co-worker, John Ach. He and Jewell split their time between Beavercreek and their summer home on Neebish Island, near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He was an active member of St Andrew's United Methodist Church in Beavercreek Ohio, a member of the Kettering Heart Healthy Exercise Group, and sang with both the Choir at St. Andrews and the Gospel Light Blue Grass Group. A memorial service will be held on Friday December 29, 2017 at 1 PM at Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd.