Obituary of Herbert Edward Thomas
Herbert E. Thomas, 94 of Atlantic City, New Jersey died Sunday, September 5, 2021, in the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center – City Campus. He was born in Pleasantville, New Jersey on June 15, 1927, to the late Beatrice (nee' Murray) and Harold Thomas. Herb graduated from Pleasantville High School and went directly into the United States Army where he honorably served his country during World War II. After returning from service he, attended business school. He was the husband of Iona Ford Thomas, and the father of Mary M. Jackson and Beatrice A. Scott. He was a longtime resident of Atlantic City, NJ. During his service in World War II, Herbert developed a passion for airplanes. Herb was a top salesman for Progressive Life Insurance Company. He subsequently worked by Ruffu Ford Car Dealership, the Atlantic City Board of Education, finally retiring as assistant to the late Mayor Jim Whelan of Atlantic City. During his tenure with the mayor, he served as liaison between the administration and the community. For many years, Mr. Thomas was an active member of Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church. He served on the church's vestry, choir, and men's ministry. One of his greatest joys was serving food during "The Coffee Hour" after worship. He proudly wore the title of "oldest male" in the congregation. Herb was a devoted husband and father. He was dedicated to his family. He was an avid golfer. He was a baseball enthusiast. He was a man of God who truly loved the Lord. In addition to his wife, Iona, he is survived by: daughters, Mary Jackson (Otis) and Beatrice Scott (Ronald); siblings, Theodore Thomas (Annette), Benjamin Thomas, Harold Thomas, Elaine White (Wendell, Sr.) and Linda Salmon; grandchildren, Jolene Ivey (Luke), Jay Jackson (Dorian), Bilaal Lewis, Aniyah Lewis, and Dontae Bryant; great grandchildren, Luke Brandon Ivey, Kayla Ivey, Samir Parks, Amirah Lewis, and Neveah Lewis. He is also survived by: a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Beatrice and Harold Thomas; siblings, Dlorah Thomas, Charles Thomas, George Thomas; and a granddaughter Tyiana Lewis. Memorial Services will be 11AM, Saturday, September 18, 2021, Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church, 1709 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.