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AMerican Veteran 12


Flim Thomas, Sr.

April 11, 1919 ~ August 23, 2019 (age 100)

Mr. Flim Thomas, born April 11, 1919, was the seventh of eleven children born to Joe and Patti Rosby Thomas. Both his mother and father and four brothers (John, Leroy, Pink and Ernest), as well as three sisters (Annie Dale, Zerlena and Sarah Lee) preceded him in death. Flim received his formal education in Lexington, Mississippi. At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at Sweet Water A.M.E. Church in Lexington. He and his family later united with Scruggs Memorial C.M.E. Church after moving to St. Louis, Missouri.

On February 16, 1942, Flim Thomas was drafted into the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. He saw action in both France and Germany. A total of six of the Thomas brothers served in the United States Military, and as a result, the Thomas family was unable to maintain their family farm with no male members left to tend the fields. The farm was sold and the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. On October 6, 2018, Flim, along with his five brothers, were recognized by the Greenwood Buffalo Soldiers MC for their Military Valor and Service during WW II.

On June 17, 1943, Flim united in holy matrimony with Anita Barbara Spurlin. To this union three children were born. They had celebrated 62 years of marital bliss when Anita passed on June 19, 2005. Flim worked as an auto mechanic and was employed by Hudson’s Chemical Company, later known as Hudson, for over 70 years. On April 13, 2019, Hudson and the Thomas family and friends celebrated Flim’s 100th Birthday.

Flim made his transition on Friday, August 23, 2019, at 1:50 a.m., at Christian Northeast Hospital.

Flim leaves to cherish his memories, two sons, Flim Thomas, Jr. (Beth) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Lee Thomas (Antoinette) of Phoenix, Arizona; two grandchildren, Dr. Leslie Thomas-Washington (Dr. Kirk) of St. Louis, Missouri, and Tracy Parker (Kelton) of Phoenix, Arizona; two great-grandchildren, Kirk Washington, Jr., of St. Louis, Missouri, and Dylan Dinkins of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Willie James Thomas, Sr., of St. Louis, Missouri, and Lee Andrew Thomas (Ameldia) of Englewood, California; one sister, Necie Tymony of Compton, California; one sister-in-law, Tessie Sanders of Chicago, Illinois; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

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