Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Thomas


The  Shelbyville  News
November 03, 2005
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Robert E. Thomas, 79, of Bradenton, Fla., died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, Columbus.
Born Dec. 2, 1925, in Freeport, s/o  Samuel Nail and  Helen (Facemire) Thomas
Married  Norma Peck on Sept. 15, 1946, she preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 1996.
Married  Arlene Gay  on July 5, 1997, she survives.
Other survivors:  daughter, Nisha (husband, Charles) Warfuel of Muncie; three stepsons,  Ronald Bird of Carenco, La.,  Stephen Bird of Freewater, Ore., and  Edward Bird of Waldron; one stepdaughter,  Sandra Gorden of Morgantown; one sister,  Patricia (husband, Floyd) Montgomery of Waldron; two grandchildren,  Mandi Warfuel of Phoenix, Ariz., and  Rob Warfuel of Terre Haute; and 13 stepgrandchildren.
Lifelong Shelby County resident.
Retired in 1995 from Franklin Life Insurance, regional agent for 40 years. Worked at the former Shelby National Bank and the former Decatur County Bank, Greensburg.
Graduated in 1943 from Fairland High School.
U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II.
Member of First Christian Church, Shelbyville Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge, Jaycees, Eagles Lodge, Blue Lodge in Fairland, Murat Shrine in Indianapolis, Indianapolis Fly Casters, American Legion and Sahib Shrine in Sarasota, Fla. Had been president of Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for two years and served on the board of directors of Shelby County Savings Bank and Shelby County Red Cross.
Freeman Family Funeral Homes, Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St., the Rev. Cliff Bunch officiating.
Interment:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Shelby County.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
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ANNA  L.  THOMAS
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          Anna L. Thomas,  84, of Shelbyville, died Monday, March 21, 2005, at Forum at the Crossing, in Indianapolis.  Born Jan.3, 1921, in Prospect, Ky., she was the daughter of  Walter and  Anna (Adams) Leet.  She married  John W. Thomas  in 1946, and he preceded her in death in 1985.
          Survivors include one son,  Dr. R. Michael (Judy) Thomas  of Indianapolis; two grandchildren,  Chad (Daniele) Thomas  and  Jennifer (Chris) Beesley,  both of Indianapolis; and three great-grandchildren,  Kaitlyn Thomas,  Benjamin Thomas  and  Alexander Charles Beesley,  all of Indianapolis.
          Mrs. Thomas was a self-employed bookkeeper.  She and her husband ran A&J service, a lawn and garden distribution service, in Miami, Fla., retiring in 1979.  She was a member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliaries and First Baptist Church of Shelbyville.
          Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Gazette
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 18, 2003
Metro 4
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JULIA  W.  THOMAS
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          Julia W. Thomas, age 82, a resident of Widefield, passed away on October 14, 2003 at her home. She was a homemaker.
          Julia Willetta Livers was born on September 21, 1921 in Shelbyville, Indiana to  Hollis and Alta Mae (Crawley) Livers.
          She is survived by her husband, Pythias T. Thomas, Jr.; two sons,  Frederic and  Michael Thomas; one daughter, Jacqueline Salas; and two grandsons, Michael and Stephen Thomas.
          She was preceded in death by one son, John Thomas.
          Private Services and Inurnment are planned.
          Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society at 1445 N. Union Blvd. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80909.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, March 03, 2003
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Elizabeth E. (Betty) Thomas, 86, of Shelbyville, died Saturday, March 1, 2003.
Born Oct. 25, 1916, in Shelby County, d/o Charles (Fred) and Margaret H. (Robins) Cossairt. Married Kenneth R. Thomas on June 30, 1936; preceded her in death on Sept. 26, 1987.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet Thomas of Evanston, Ill.; one son, Michael (Kathy) Thomas of Shelbyville; one sister, Mary Ann Wasson of Shelbyville; three grandchildren, Lucinda Trobridge, Chuck Thomas and Sarah Thomas, all of Shelbyville; and two great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one son, Frederick C. Thomas.
Bookkeeper and owned and operated Cossairt Florist for 25 years, retiring in 1980.
Graduated in 1934 from Shelbyville High School.
Member of First Presbyterian Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher; Junior Coterie; and Home Ec and Sewing Club. Former member of Shelbyville PTA.
Carmony-Ewing Broadway Street Funeral Home, 232 W. Broadway St. Rev. Gary Huffman officiating.
Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Salvation Army Corps, 136 E. Washington St., Shelbyville, IN 46176, or Hospice of Shelby County, 110 E. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176. 
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming



The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, October 14, 1995
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          Sarah Geneva Thomas,  84, 328 W. South St., died Friday at her home.
          Born June 20, 1911, in Paducah, Ky., she was the daughter of  Harold and  Louise (Schmulhausen) Judkins.
          She was married to  Mason Howard Thomas  on Nov. 26, 1927.  He died in December 1982.  Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
          Survivors are two daughters,  Mrs. Charles (Monna) Linne,  Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Walker (Alice) Carll,  Middletown. Ohio; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
          She was preceded in death by a brother.
          Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Murphy Funeral Service.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
          Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Hospice.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, August 30, 1993
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Dorothy Thomas, 86, Milroy, died Sunday in Rushville.
Born March 15, 1907, Monterey, Virginia, d/o  William and Laura May (Mullenax) Hevener.
Married  William Merle Thomas  April 3, 1942;  he died Feb 8, 1969.
School teacher in Virginia; wrote children's poems and stories.  Educated at Blackstone College and James Madison University.  Lived in Milroy area since 1942.  Member of the Virginia Education Association, Methodist Church at Blue Grass, Virginia, life member of the Rush County Historical Society, member of the Modern Home Arts Club of Anderson Township in Rush County, honorary member of the National Geographic Society.
Survivors:  daughter, Dotty Jean Thomas, Milroy;  brother, Randolph Hevener, Waynesboro, Virginia.
Preceded in death by husband, brother and sister.
Moster Cox Mortuary, Rushville.  Rev. Ron Simbro officiating.
Burial:  Eastbrook Cemetery, Milroy.
Contributions:  American Heart Association.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Dec. 17, 1981
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Mrs. Hallie Rose Thomas, 90, Greensburg, former Shelby County resident, died Tuesday evening.
D/o  Jasper  and  Emma (Rhoades) Wicker,  she was born June 17, 1891 in Shelby County.  She was married Aug. 9, 1909, to  Sylvester Thomas, who preceded in death July 22, 1963.
Surviving are a daughter,  Mrs. David (Sue Ann) Wonn, Greensburg; seven grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Three sons,  Carl,  Doyle,  and  Ernest Thomas, preceded in death.
Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg, with the Rev. Harold Chattain officiting. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Contributed by Anne Ruby
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, January 25, 1963
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MRS. THOMAS  DIES  AT  HOME
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Mrs. Bertha Thomas, 88, a Hanover Township resident, died at her home at 3:35 a.m. Thursday, stroke.
Lifelong resident of Shelby County.  Born in Hanover Township on October 9, 1874, d/o  William D. and Sarah (Addison) Keaton.  Married to  George Thomas, who preceded her in death.  One sister survives, Mrs. Pearl Rasor  of R.R.1, Morristown.
Member of the West Street Methodist Church of Shelbyville and a 50-year member of the Naamah Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star of this city.
Hauk-Spencer Mortuary of Morristown with Rev. Paul Jump officiating.  Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery at Morristown.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Sherri Fabert
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
January 21 or 22, 1954
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ERNEST  THOMAS  DIES  AT  HOME
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Heart Attack Fatal; Services To Be Monday
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          Ernest E. Thomas,  43, died at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at his home in Noble township shortly after suffering a heart attack.  He had been in failing health since December but death was unexpected.
          A native of Shelby county, he was the son of  S. A. and  Hallie (Wicker) Thomas, born on January 17, 1911.  On September 17, 1937, he was united in marriage to  Margaret Buell,  who survives at home with one step-daughter, Mrs. Betty Schaaf,  a nephew,  Richard Ewick, and a step-granddaughter,  Becky Schaaf.
          Also surviving are the parents, at Greensburg, a grandmother,  Mrs. Emma Wicker  of rural route 1, one sister,  Mrs. Sue Ann Wonn  of Greensburg, and two brothers,  Doyle Thomas  of R. R. 6 and  Carl Thomas  of Milwaukee, Wis.  Mr. Thomas was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church.
          Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Carmony Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Rev. Raymond Rissler officiating.  Interment will be in the Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Anne Ruby


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 21, 1944
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LEWIS  THOMAS
DIES  AT  SON'S
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Funeral for Waldron Man
Will Be Today
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          Lewis H. Thomas,  age seventy-five, resident of Waldron for the past 35 years, died Thursday at 11:45 p.m. at the home of a son,  Ralph Thomas,  in Franklin.  He had been in failing health for the past 18 months and went to the son's home when his condition became serious seven weeks ago.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.
          Mr. Thomas was a farmer by occupation.  He was born in Sunman on July 1, 1869.  He was married to  Miss Maggie Milligan,  who preceded him in death.  Suriving with the son at whose home he died are two daughters,  Mrs. Nellie Warren,  of Brownsburg, and  Mrs. Eva Haley,  of Detroit, Mich.  There are five grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at the D. E. Carmony funeral home in St. Paul today at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Henry Reeves officiating.  Burial will be made in the Vanpelt cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday March 16, 1938
Page 5 column 3
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GEORGE  THOMAS  DIES
SURVIVED  BY  ONE  DAUGHTER
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          George Thomas, 72, died at his home in Shelby township at 8:00 o'clock Wednesday morning following a long illness.
          He was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Thomas  and was born in Marion township March 5, 1866, on the old Thomas homestead near the Liberty church.
          In 1887 he married  Miss Minnie Fox, who preceded him in death in 1893.  Two daughters were born, one survives, Mrs. Marie Karrer  of Indianapolis.  Later he married  Miss Bertha Cayton*, who also survives with two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Vaught  of Addison township and  Mrs. Laura House  of Los Angeles, California.
          Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, the Rev. K. D. Vandeventer, of the Morristown M. E. church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Liberty cemetery.  Friends may call at the Fix mortuary.
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Shelby County Marriages
George Thomas & Minnie Fox
August 25, 1887 Book 13 page 212
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George Thomas & Bertha M. Keaton*
August 30, 1909 Book 19 page 559
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Contributed by Barb Huff  for Sherri Fabert


The  Nevada  State  Journal
Tuesday September 25, 1928
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STRICKEN  MAN
DIES  AT  WORK
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          Stricken suddenly as he was unloading lumber from a boxcar at a west city lumberyard,  John A. Thomas,  48, dropped dead at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Death is believed to have been due to a heart attack.
          Owners of the lumber yard said Thomas had started to work yesterday morning as a laborer, and he had siad he had been in Reno but a short time.  Coroner Seth W. Longabaugh, who investigated found that he has a daughter, 6 with whom he had been making his home in a cabin near Sixth and West streets.  Thomas told acquaintances his wife was in China, the coroner was informed.
Contributed by Russell G. Thompson
Note from Russell:  John's wife,  Galina  came back to the US and had to wait a year before she was allowed to get John's daughter,  Vergie  out of an orphanage.  Galina then married several times and raised Vergie in the USA.  Vergie L. Thomas was born Feb. 20, 1921 and died on Nov. 15, 1987, in Grass Valley, Nevada.  She has a daughter,  Gail Ann Cannon,  and granddaughter,  Gail Ann Thaggard.  Gail Ann Cannon was the one who sent me the picture of John Alvin Thomas & Galina.  John's grave went unmarked for 86 years until I found proof of all of his military service and got him a headstone for his grave from the VA.



John Alvin Thomas, Mountainview Cemetery, Reno, Nevada



The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, February 13, 1919
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DIED  ON  SAME  FARM
WHERE  SHE  WAS  BORN
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Mrs. Margaret Thomas Passed Away Monday
Life-Long Resident Of County
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(From Tuesday's Daily.)
          Aliments incident to her advanced age caused the death of  Mrs. Margaret Thomas, at her home in Marion township Monday morning at 9 o'clock, following a long illness which had been very severe during the last two weeks.  Her death occurred on the farm where she was born and in the vicinity where she had spent all the years of her life.  She was seventy-seven years, one month and sixteen days of age.
          Mrs. Thomas was born in Marion township on the old  Foreman  home place, December 25, 1841, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Peter Foreman.  She attended the school in that vicinity, and was united in marriage, when young, to  Lafayette Thomas, who was a well known young agriculturist of that community, they took up their residence on a farm in the near vicinity.  Nine children were born to the union, three of whom preceded their mother in death.  Mr. Thomas passed away thirty-five years ago and since then Mrs. Thomas resided on the farm where she was born.  The children surviving are four sons, who are  John, of Marion township; Henry  and  Edward, of Henry county, and  Sylvester, of New Castle, and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Bassett  and  Mrs. David [Electa E.] Kepley, both of Marion township.
          Mrs. Thomas could include the entire community in her list of friends and there is genuine sorrow at the loss occasioned by her death.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. James L. Brown officiating.  Carmony Bros., undertakers, will have charge of the burial in the Liberty cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Virginia Flesher


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, February 11, 1919
Page 1, column 5
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AGED WOMAN DEAD
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Mrs. Sylvester[sic) Thomas
Of Marion Township Died Monday
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          Funeral services for  Mrs. Margaret Thomas  of Marion Township will be held Wednesday morning at her late home, the service to be conducted by the Rev. James L. Brown.  The interment will be made at the Liberty church graveyard.  Mrs. Thomas was the widow of  Lafayette Thomas who died many years ago.  Since his death Mrs. Thomas resided at their home.  Four sons and two daughters survive, the sons being  Edward  and  Henry  of this county and  John  and  Sylvester  who moved to Henry county.  The daughters are  Mrs. Mary Bassett  and  Mrs. David [Electa E.] Kepley.  Mrs. Thomas was known throughout the east and northern part of the county where she lived almost all her life.
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Virginia Flesher


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, August 20, 1918
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WAS  KILLED  IN  ACTION
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Verl Thomas, Born and Reared
Here Listed In
Casualties.
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MEMBER  MARINES
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          Thomas Verl Thomas  has been listed by the War Department as killed in action in France.  Young Thomas was born and reared in Shelby county.  His is a son of  Sylvester Thomas  now of Henry county.  The young man was known here as Verl Thomas  He was a member of the Marine corps.
          E. C. Thomas  and  John Meiks  both of this county are uncles of the young man and the entire  Linville  family here is related to him.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Indianapolis  Star
September 9, 1915
Page 4 Column 2
Deaths in Indiana

          SHELBYVILLE -- Carey F. Thomas, 46, years old, is dead here.  His widow mother, two sisters and four brothers survive.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, September 8, 1915
Page 4, column 2
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WELL  KNOWN  RESIDENT
DIED  THIS  MORNING
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Carey F. Thomas Died Today At His Home
On South Tompkins Street After
An Illness Of Three Years
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          Carey F. Thomas, one of the best known farmers of Shelby county and residents of this city, died at his hone at 873 South Tompkins street, at 9:45 o'clock this morning.  Death was due to a complication of diseases from which the deceased had been bed-ridden for the past two years.
          Mr. Thomas was born in Union township, April 16, 1869, making his age at the time of death forty-six years, four months and twenty-three days.  He was the son of  Mrs. Margaret Thomas and the late  Lafayette Thomas.  On October 21, 1894, he was united in marriage to  Phoebe Wilson, with whom he lived happily until his death.
          The deceased united with the Little Blue River Baptist church in Union township on November 25, 1908.  On May 20, 1914, he transferred his membership to the First Baptist church of this city.  He was a member of Chillon Lodge, K. of P., the Pythian Sisters and Shelby Court of Honor.  The above orders of this city will take part in the funeral services.
          Besides the widow, the death is mourned by the mother of the deceased, Mrs. Margaret Thomas, of Marion township, and two sisters and four brothers,  Mrs. Wilber Bassett  and  Mrs. David Kepley, of Marion township;  John Thomas, of New Castle;  Sylvester Thomas, of New Lisbon, Indiana;  Edward Thomas, of Marion township, and  Harry Thomas, of Union township, besides numerous other relatives and friends.
          Mr. Thomas had owned and lived on the  Jap. Carpenter  farm in Union township until his health failed in 1911.  At that time he came to this city, where he has been confined to his bed for over two years.
          The arrangements have not yet been completed for the funeral, but will be announced later.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Virginia Flesher


The  Shelby  Democrat
September 19, 1912
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MRS.  MARTHA  THOMAS.
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(From Monday's Daily.)
          Mrs. Martha J. Thomas  died at the residence of her daughter,  Mrs. Charles Hoover,  317 east Jackson street, at one-fifty o'clock this morning, of pneumonia, aged sixty-four years, three months and twenty-one days.  Mrs. Thomas had been making her home here with Mrs. Hoover for some time and her condition had been critical for several days.  She is survived by ten children -- John Thomas,  Mrs. Hoover,  Mrs. Mollie Curry,  of Muncie;  Mrs. Herman Willoughby,  of Kentucky;  Miss Lula Thomas,  of Hamilton, O.;  Mrs. Morris Meek*,  of Kentucky;  Fletcher  and  Fred Thomas,  of this city;  Mrs. Lelia Eden,  and  Mrs. Herbert Thompson.
          The funeral services will be held at the Vine street M. P. church at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. A. W. Coan officiating, and the interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of D. B. Wilson & Son.
* Difficult to read -- this could be Muck. pmf
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, April 8, 1909
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          Sylvester Thomas, one of the most extensive landowners of Shelby county and one of the best known men in the northern part of the county, died at the home of  Lee Fortner, of Van Buren township, some time during last night.  The dead body was found early this morning by Mr. Fortner.  Death was due to heart trouble, of which Mr. Thomas has had several attacks during the last two or three years.  Mr. Thomas had been ill and Dr. Pierson, of Morristown, was called yesterday afternoon.  The evening found Mr. Thomas much improved and he was expecting to go to Indianapolis today.  The deceased was aged seventy-two years, one month and five days.  He was born in Marion township, his parents, William  and  Mary Thomas, having been among the pioneers of the county, arriving here in 1821.  Mr. Thomas had been a very successful farmer and had acquired about a thousand acres of land.  His wife died about a year ago and since that time he has been living with his children.  A couple of months ago he sold his home farm and purchased a farm in Henry county, to which he was intending to move.  The children who survive him are  Mrs. Leander Billman  of this city,  Mrs. Lee Fortner  of Van Buren township,  Mrs. Alvin Myer,  Mrs. Gilbert Hartness,  Mrs. John Vaught,  Albert Thomas,  George Thomas, and  Mrs. Douglas House, the latter of Indianapolis.  A sister, Mrs. Electa Schule, of Nebraska, also survives.  The funeral will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Fortner Friday morning at ten o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Burns, of Morristown, officiating.  Interment will take place in the Liberty cemetery.   
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
February 18, 1909
Page 5 Column 6
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From Tuesday's Daily.
          James Philip,  son of  Mr. and Mrs. Phil Thomas,  of Fairland, died at 2 o'clock this morning of measles, aged one year, one month and two days.  The child had been sick several days and the parents remained up doctoring it until midnight last night, when it seemed to be resting easy and dosed off to sleep.  When the parents arose at an early hour this morning the child was dead.  It is supposed that death occurred at about two o'clock this a.m.
          The deceased leaves to mourn its untimely death besides its parents, two brothers and three sisters.  Short funeral services will be held at the residence Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. J. W. Dahiel officiating.  Interment will take place in the Fairland cemetery, Stewart and Fix in charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, March 29, 1907
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          Mrs. Sylvester Thomas  died Friday night at her home in Shelby county, southwest of Morristown.  Mr. Thomas, the husband, is one of the wealthiest men in Shelby county, having in his "home farm" on Blue river, 500 acres.  The casket selected by the family for Mrs. Thomas is the most expensive ever sent out from Greenfield.  It is solid mahogany lined with copper and is exactly like the one that received the body of President McKinley.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, September 8, 1899
Volume XL, Number 9
Page 1, column 3
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          George Sanders  and family were called to Shelbyville Wednesday by the death of  Mr. Thomas,  father of  Mrs. Sanders.  Deceased was 76 years old and had been sick about ten days.  Death was due to an attack of flux and heart trouble.
Notes:  Date of birth, 11 Aug 1824 Marion, Shelby Co Indiana.  Date of death, 6 Sep 1899 Shelby County Indiana.  Name, Allen Thomas.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry


The  Shelby  Democrat
December 15, 1892
Page 2
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FAIRLAND.
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          The funeral rites of the late  Mrs. Phil Thomas  were held at the M. E. Church here yesterday.  Rev. Cohagen delivered an impressive address to a large audience.  The remains were interred in the Fairland cemetery.  Mrs. Thomas died of consumption in he thirty-third year.  This entire community condones with the bereaved ones in the loss ....
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Daily  Republican
Friday, November 21, 1884
Page 4, column 2
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          Lafayette Thomas,  one of the oldest and best known citizens of Marion township, died at half-past seven o'clock last night.  Mr. Thomas has been in failing health for several months, and his death has been expected for some time past.  A post mortem will be held over the remains this afternoon, on account of his peculiar disease, and the funeral will take place tomorrow.  He was a hard-working farmer, and although he started out in life a poor man, he husbanded his means, and at the time of his death was considered one of the wealthiest farmers.  He had many friends who will greatly regret his death.
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Ibid.
Thursday, November 25, 1884
Page 4, column 2
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          Sylvester E. Thomas was this morning appointed administrator of the estate of  Lafayette Thomas, late of Shelby county deceased.
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Page 4, column 1
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          Sylvester E. Thomas, administrator of the estate of  Lafayette Thomas, has advertised for sale the personal property of said decedent on the 20th of December.


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 27, 1884
Page 2, column 7
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RAY'S  CROSSING  RUMBLES
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November 25, 1884----
          Lafayette Thomas died at his home in Marion township Thursday evening, aged fifty years. He was buried in the Liberty cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Virginia Flesher

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