Obituary of Elmer Thomas
Elmer Thomas, Jr. was born March 11, 1948, to Lunetta (Richardson) Thomas and Elmer Thomas, Sr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He departed this life on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital in Marlton, New Jersey.
Elmer attended Samuel B. Huey Elemtary School, Sayre Jr. High School and graduated from BOK Vocational Technical High School in 1965. After graduating high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where obtained the rank of Lance Corporal. He served during the Vietnam War and was awarded Vietnamese Service Medal and Vietnamese Campaign Medal. He also received a National Defense Service Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooters Badge.
The Thomas Family's tradition of service started with Elmer Thomas, Sr., who joined the United States Army in 1937. Thomas Sr., retired as a Technical Sergeant thirty years later. Sergeant Thomas served in the Second Calvary Division, Corps of Engineers. During World War II, his unit worked on the Ledo Road that cut opens a passage for troops and supplies to North China, through India and Burma.
An Honorary Buffalo Soldier, sergeant Thomas' legacy of service transcend to Elmer Jr. and his four brothers, who bravely completed tours of duty with the United States Marie Corps, Air Force, Navy and Army. Nephew Darryl Edward Geiger, Jr., will continue the heritage of service with the United States Army National Guard.
Elmer worked as an auto mechanic for many years. He was lastly employed by Malove Tires in Philadelphia. Elmer enjoyed: driving trucks, repairing cars for family and friends, crabbing and watching and playing football.
He was predeceased by: parents, Lunetta T. and Elmer Thomas, Sr.; siblings, Anthony Dexter Thomas and Patrice Paulon.
Elmer leaves to cherish his memories: brothers, Kenneth K., Michael and Brian L. Thomas; sister, Lynn C. Thomas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services will be 10:30AM Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Greenidge Funeral Home, 301 Absecon Boulevard, Atlantic City, where friends may call from 10AM. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com