Franklin Delano Thomas (Frank)

November 16, 1946 — February 5, 2017

Franklin Delano Thomas (Frank)



Frank Thomas, Age 70
Franklin Delano Thomas (Frank) died unexpectedly February 5, 2017, after suffering an aneurysm and stroke followed by a second stroke. He died peacefully at Florida Hospital Orlando with his brother, Tom Thomas, and sister-in-law, Judy Calt, by his side. Frank was born on November 16, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Phillip Thomas and Nadine (Ella Mae) Thomas. He grew up in Covington , Kentucky , where he and his brother entertained friends and neighbors by what could only be described as shenanigans. Their older sister, Carolyn, did what she could to keep them both in check, which was an impossible task. Frank served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Frank was proud of his U.S. Army service and often spoke fondly of his commander, John McNown , and his Army buddies, Jack Hosbach and Louis Rios. After serving in Vietnam , he made a home in Alaska with his brother, Tom, who had hitch-hiked there from Covington, Kentucky. They both earned a living by buying and selling and installing carpet and flooring products. This developed into owning some of the largest carpet and flooring stores in Anchorage and Chugiak, Alaska, including Colonel Abner's, Fast Freddy's Wholesale, Rug Bones and Chubby Chicken's Cheep Cheep Carpet. Three years ago, Frank decided to head for sunnier weather and, together with his niece, Melissa, purchased a home in Sebring, Florida. He resided there with his mother Ella, sister Carolyn, and niece Rebecca. Frank was a kind and selfless soul who always put others' needs ahead of his own and was loved and inspired by all who knew hi m. Frank is survived by his mother, Nadine (Ella Mae) Thomas, his sister, Carolyn Denton and brother-in-law Carl Denton, his brother Thomas E. Thomas and sister-in-law Judy Catt, nieces Melissa and her husband Matthew Hickey, Rebecca Denton , Jennifer Chitwood and her husband Raymond (Chip), Veronica Denton, Tracy Thomas, Julie Thomas and Colleen Thomas; nephews Robert Denton and wife Chia-Hui Huang and Franklin Denton and wife Samantha; grand-nieces Victoria Hickey, Jessica Chitwood , Kylie Chitwood , Izabella Batchelor; grand-nephews James (Jimmy) Hickey, Michael Hickey, Christopher Denton, Izaac Batchelor and Jaden Denton. Frank was preceded in death by his father Phillip Thomas. A viewing and celebration of life will take place Saturday, February 11, 2017 at noon at Morris Funeral Chapel in Sebring, Florida, followed by a graveyard ceremony at Pinecrest Cemetary including a 7-gun salute recognizing his service to his country performed by the VFW Sebring Post #4300 Honor Guard.

Condolences or Life Stories may be expressed in his Guestbook. Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring, Fl.





Preceded In Death By

Phillip Thomas, Father

Survived By

Nadine (Ella Mae) Thomas, Mother
Carolyn (Carl) Denton, Sister
Thomas E. Thomas, Brother
Judy Catt, Sister-In-Law
Nieces
Melissa (Matthew) Hickey, Rebecca Denton
Jennifer and Raymond (Chip) Chitwood
Veronica Denton, Tracy Thomas
Julie Thomas, Colleen Thomas
Nephews
Robert Denton and wife Chia-Hui Huang,
Franklin Denton and wife Samantha
Grand-Neices
Victoria Hickey, Jessica Chitwood,
Kylie Chitwood, Izabella Batchelor
Grand Nephews
James (Jimmy) Hickey, Michael Hickey,
Christopher Denton, Izaac Batchelor
Jaden Denton

Facts

Place Of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Place Of Death: Orlando, FL
Date Of Death: February 5, 2017
A veteran of the U.S. Army

Services

A viewing and celebration of life will take place
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at noon at
Morris Funeral Chapel in Sebring, Florida,
followed by a graveyard ceremony at Pinecrest Cemetary
including a 7-gun salute recognizing his service to his
country performed by the VFW Sebring Post #4300 Honor Guard



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