Dec. 19, 1943 – April 28, 2021

Funeral services for Mr. John Allen Thomas, 78, of Meadville were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Franklin Funeral Home in Meadville with the Rev. Raymond Watson officiating.

Burial followed in Midway Cemetery in Franklin County.

Visitation was held from 1 p.m., until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Thomas was born to J.B. Thomas and Aline Vernie Cupit Herndon on Dec. 19, 1943, in New Orleans, La.

He passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Meadville Convalescent Home.

Mr. Thomas landed a job with King & Co., in 1965. This kickstarted a career in construction, where he worked for more than 30 years.

He enjoyed many, many things. Among those things were hunting, fishing, chopping wood, good music, sweets, New Orleans Saints football, and, above all, people.

His most famous quote, that he said many times throughout his life, was “They may not know me when I get there, but they will know me when I leave.”

His family and friends knew him as a good-hearted soul, who always had the right thing to say (even if it was wildly inappropriate).

Mr. Thomas was known for his long, entertaining stories which he loved to report often.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. Thomas and Aline Vernie Herndon; and his son, Ronald Thomas.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Debra Thomas; his daughter, Julie (Jake) Buckels; his grandchildren, Scott Causey and Charley Buckels; and a host of cousins, family and friends.

Pallbearers were Tootie Arnold, Ben Arnold, Jessie Arnold, Sawyer Pepper, Andy Shelly, Will Buckels, Jason Golman and David Cupit.

Honorary Pallbearers were Shannon Lee, Randy Arnold, Vernon Arnold and David Nichols.

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Franklin Funeral Home of Meadville was in charge of arrangements.

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