Published 1:24 pm Thursday, January 4, 2018
Charlie Percy Thomas, 85, of Franklinton, died at 4:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.
He was a charter member of Briarwood Baptist Church and had recently been attending Pine Missionary Baptist Church. Charlie was a longtime mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, beginning his career on foot delivering in Bogalusa. He later did the Angie-Route 2 area for many years.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Pine Masonic Lodge 264. Charlie P., “Po-boy” as he liked to call himself, loved being involved in athletics because he coached Little League baseball and youth softball and basketball for many years. He was also a baseball umpire and basketball referee throughout the area and later drove the bus for Pine High School teams whenever they needed to travel. Charlie even became the P.A. announcer for the Pine High School football games for many years. He was the owner of the former Charlie’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Charlie also enjoyed playing dominoes with his buddies each week.
He is survived by: son and daughter-in-law, Lane and Tricia Thomas of Madisonville; six grandchildren and spouses, Autumn and Shane Collett, Selena and Greg Hand, Diamond Seal, Skyler and Matt Williams, Brooke Thomas and Angel Thomas; seven great-grandchildren, Paisley Collett, Parkston Thomas Collett, Lyliana Ellen Hand, Tucker Seal, Trevor Seal, Everett Williams and Gunnar Percy Thomas; six sisters, Mattie Rose Crain of D’Iberville, Miss., Bronis Veona Procell of Angie, Trulia Gale Kidd of Alvin, Texas, and Lynn Lucille Carter, Demple Darleen Davis and Wilma Dee Miley, all of Angie.
He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Brock Thomas; daughter, Cynthia Ellen Thomas; wife, Mary Ellen Knight Thomas; parents, Newton Jay Thomas and Lucille Schilling Thomas; and a sister, Sarah Gaine Seale.
Visitation was at Crain Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and after 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4. A funeral service was held in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Thursday with Bro. Lynn Martin and the Rev. Eric Williams officiating. Burial followed in the Jones Cemetery.
Obituaries can be viewed online at www.crainfh.com.