Fallen Hero: Master Sergeant (MSgt) (Ret) Steve Thomas


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Graveside services for Steve Thomas will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 11:00 a. m. from Bloomfield Cemetery in Neshoba County


Another great Airmen and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on  May 13, 2020 and moved on to his heavenly home.  MSgt Steve Thomas, age 59, a retired member of the MS Air National Guard who had served within the 186th Refueling Wing has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort and safety for their country ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur still remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airmen.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.   Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.  You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels.  May God continue to look over you and your family.  “Stand At Rest Airman”

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March 04, 1961 – May 13, 2020

Graveside services for Steve Thomas will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 11:00 a. m. from Bloomfield Cemetery in Neshoba County with Dr. Mike Carr officiating.  McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Thomas, 59, of Philadelphia, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Merit Health Central in Jackson.

He was a native and longtime resident of Philadelphia, MS. He retired in 2018 as Deputy Chief from the Philadelphia Fire Department after working there for 25 years. He served in the Air National Guard for 23 years and went overseas with the 186th Refueling Wing in 2002 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served as Election Commissioner for Neshoba County, District 3, and from 2004-2006 he was the President of the Election Commissioners Association of Mississippi. He served on the Neshoba County Fair Board for the past 11 years. He and his wife have been growing chickens for Tyson Foods for over 20 years.

He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and served as a deacon. He loved his Lord, his family, church and country.

Survivors include wife, Jane Thomas, of Philadelphia; son, Steven M. Thomas II, of Hudson, NH; daughter, Rachel Thomas, of Jonesboro, AR; parents, Wallace and Peggy Thomas, of Philadelphia; sister, Stephanie Perry (Dan), of Philadelphia; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stennis D. “Boots” and Vesta Chisolm and Henry Earl and Maudie Lee Thomas.

Scriptures in Memory of Steve

From: Jane

Ephesians 5:25, 26 and 28:  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”

From:  Steven

Proverbs 19:20: “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

From: Rachel

Psalm 16:8: “When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.”

From: Stephanie

Hebrews 13:1-2: “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.”