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Rev. Emit Thomas “Uncle Nem”, 91, of Clarified was welcomed into Heaven’s Gates on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Knoxville, TN while surrounded by the love and comfort of his adoring family.
Born on June 15, 1925 in Newcomb, TN he was the son of the late Arvil Lee Thomas and Annie Brooks-Thomas. He dedicated his life to serving his savior Jesus Christ and spreading the message of God’s great love. He served as a charter member of The Way of Holiness Church of God for 67 years. He was a loving and devoted husband, a caring nurturing father of 10, a joyful light of guidance for 21 grandchildren, a sparkle of wisdom to 22 Great Grandchildren and 1 precious great great grandchild.

He served as a Cold War Patriot during World War II in Oak Ridge, TN. He was a proud coal miner for over 35 years. After retirement, he worked for the United Mine Workers of America in Middlesboro for 20 years. He also assisted in the construction of the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Middlesboro KY. He loved to fish, play his banjo, beat everyone at checkers and tell captivating stories from his front porch. He found joy in working with his hands and tending to his garden. He had the gift of laughter and enjoyed sharing that with everyone he met.
In addition to his parents, he is rejoicing in heaven with his soulmate and wife of 67 years, Beatrice Thomas; daughters: Barbara Thomas-Sweat, Mary Francis Thomas, Cathy Ann Thomas-Griffith and Lisa Kay Thomas; son, Emit Sylvester Thomas, Jr.; son-in-law, Neal Franklin Sweat; grandson, Christopher Griffith; sister, Rosetta “Rose” Pittman; brother, Floyd Thomas; half brother:, Arvil Lee Thomas Jr., Bobby June Thomas and RD Thomas.
He is survived by his son, Gary Thomas and wife, Geraldine Thomas of Clairfield, son, Arvil Thomas and wife, Ellen Thomas of Clairfield, son, Jackie Thomas of Harrogate, TN; daughters: Linda Patterson of Calvin, KY and Carolyn Maurice Bingham and husband Larry of Corbin, KY; half brother, Don Thomas of Jellico, TN; surviving grandchildren: Neal F. Sweat, Jr. of Middlesboro, KY, Silvia Sweat – Slusher and husband, Tommy of Cynthiana, KY, William David Sweat of Harrogate, TN, Cara Beth Sweat of Calvert City, KY, Rebecca Hurst and husband, Clint of Frakes, KY, Robert Patterson and wife, Michelle of Pineville, KY, James Thomas of Middlesboro, KY, T Ruth Meade of Powell, TN, April Thomas of Knoxville, TN, Randy Thomas and wife, Heather of Middlesboro, KY, Adam Thomas and wife, Tosha of Lafollette, TN, Joanie Gilbert and husband, William Gilbert of Crossville, TN, Cayce Thomas of Middlesboro, KY, Matthew Bingham of Corbin, KY, Shane Patterson and wife, Amanda of Middlesboro, KY, Joshua Thomas and wife, Mary of Johnson City TN, Angela Denise Bingham of Ocean City, MD, Jonas Thomas and wife, Amanda of Middlesboro, KY, Shannon Thomas Smith and husband, James of Harrogate, TN; step granddaughter, Hope Hatfield of Middlesboro, KY; great grandchildren: Sarah Slusher of Cynthiana, KY, David Neal York of Greenville, OH, Herman Hurst of Cherokee, NC, Tyler Sharp of Knoxville, TN currently stationed with the US Navy in Rota, Spain on the USS Donald Cook, Casey Hurst of Frakes, KY, Nichole Patterson, Gabrielle Patterson, Cade Patterson, Lauren Myers and Kristen Myers all of Pineville, KY, Jenna Gilbert and Mia Gilbert of Crossville, TN, Wendy Thomas and Adam Thomas, Jr. of Lafollette, TN, Shelby Patterson and Lucas Patterson of Middlesboro, KY, Dylan Bingham of Corbin, KY, Ashley Sweat of Middlesboro KY, Chloe Thomas and Elijah Smith of Harrogate, TN, Noah Hatfield and Kenneth Adkins of Middlesboro, KY; great great grandchild: Daymein York of Corbin, KY; caregiver: Carol Sue Davis; and a host of special nephews, nieces and church family.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Shumate Funeral Home in Middlesboro KY. Funeral Services will follow at 8 p.m. with Rev. Orville Petrey and Walter Washam presiding. Granddaughter, Cayce Thomas will deliver the eulogy. Music will be provided by Lynn Perkins, Boyd Taylor and the Way of Holiness Church of God Choir. Honorary Pallbearers will be JC Perkins and Charles York. Pallbearers will be Shane Patterson, Robert Patterson, Matthew Bingham, Randy Thomas, William “Bucky” Gilbert, Kelly Davis, Jerry “Chubby” Pittman, and Walter Washam. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Rogerston Cemetery at Clairfield, TN.

Shumate Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.
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