1944 Bruce 2021

Bruce Thomas

June 14, 1944 — December 18, 2021

PIKEVILLE – Robert Bruce Thomas, Jr., 77, died Saturday, December 18, 2021, in his home.

Funeral, Tuesday, 2:00 PM, Union Grove OFWB Church, 1283 Union Grove Church Rd, Fremont.  Burial, Eureka Cemetery.  The family will be at the church, Monday, 6:00 – 7:30.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane Pittman Thomas; daughters, Rhonda Davis (Charles) of Pikeville and Lizzy Lee (Kevin) of Pinkney; son, Allen Thomas (Kirsten) of Pikeville; grandchildren, Connor and Kyle Davis, Kody and Raegan Lee, Ava and Lane Thomas; sisters, Betsy Yelverton (Carl) of Faro and Beth Kelly (Kevin) of Rhome, TX; brothers, Brent Thomas (Mable) of Wilmington and Billy Ray Thomas (Melody) of Faro.

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Bruce Thomas; parents, Robert Bruce, Sr., and Bertha Pridgen Thomas.

Dupont in Kinston was his employment for 36 years.  He also served as a substitute teacher in Wayne County Schools for 17 years.

Bruce was indeed an avid sports fan.  He served as a coach for the Wayne County Babe Ruth baseball and softball teams.  In the Norwayne Youth Programs, he coached boys and girls’ basketball teams on Saturdays.  The Nahunta church softball league was an enjoyment to him for not only did he play but served as president for many years.  While loving all sports his favorite was always the UNC Tarheels.

A huge supporter of Charles B. Aycock High School, he rarely missed a game be it football, basketball, or baseball.  He used his talent of welding to build athletic equipment for the weight room and other projects as needed.

Bruce was a member of Union Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church and served as treasurer of the Sunday School and as a deacon for many years.

In Pikeville, he served on the Town Board and was a member of the Jaycees.

Flowers are welcome, however, memorials are encouraged for the Charles B. Aycock High School Baseball Program, c/o Allen Thomas, PO Box 159, Pikeville, NC 27863-0159.

Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive, N, Wilson, 252-237-7171; www.wilsonmemorialservice.com

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Monday, December 20, 2021

6:00 - 7:30pm (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Starts at 3:15pm (Eastern time)

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