Donald Edward Thomas

Donald Edward Thomas was born on March 19, 1937, and passed away peacefully on May 25, 2018, at Pine View Health and Rehabilitation Center in Waynesboro, MS. 
Visitation will be held at Wright’s Funeral Home in Quitman, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The memorial service celebrating his life will immediately follow at Wright’s Chapel with the graveside burial to take place at Shady Grove Baptist Church. 
Jason Castle will officiate the service and Linda Lasher will deliver the eulogy. 
Pallbearers are Garrett Lee, Keith Castle, Dusty Castle, Joshua Fredricks, Jacob Fredricks, and Berry Thomas.  Honorary pallbearer is Jerry Thomas.
Donald Thomas, known as “Duck” to his childhood friends, was born in Beaverdam, MS. He graduated from Pachuta High School and read every single book in the Pachuta Library by the time he was 18 years old. After graduating from high school, he began a career in the timber industry. He served his country in the Air Force Reserves from 1960 to 1962. His gentle, generous nature made him a friend to everyone — Donald was always ready with a sly joke to tickle a smile out of friends and family. He was known throughout Clarke County, his most beloved home, for his kindness and generosity. He had a notorious green thumb and especially loved planting fruits and vegetables unusual for Mississippi soil.
Donald’s most joyful legacy was his talent and love of music. He played the fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, and piano. When they were young, his children knew him to pick up the guitar and play them any song he heard on the radio. Until the day he passed he loved listening to bluegrass music, classic country tunes by artists such as Johnny Cash and George Jones and contemporary Christian music on K-Love. Donald was a dedicated New Orleans Saints fan and was thrilled when they won the Super Bowl in 2009.
Donald was preceded in death by his brother, James (T-Bone) Thomas; his sister, Martha Burns; his son Ellis Thomas, and his grandsons, Chris Castle, Craig Castle, and Cody Castle. 
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Fredricks (John), Marty Castle (Keith), and Becky Lee (Stephen); grandchildren, Shana, Garrett, DeLana, Dusty, Jacob, Josh, and Jana; and great-grandchildren Luke, Ella, Rowan, and Aiden. Donald also leaves behind his sisters, Lynn Macon, Sarah Steenberge, and Kathy Weber, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
Donald’s life embodied the gentle grace of humility, and the enduring strength of unshakeable kindness. His family imagines him playing music in heaven with great joy, peace and hope, accompanied by the sweet voices of his son, Ellis, and his grandsons, Chris, Craig, and Cody.
For the last seven years of his life, Donald resided at Pine View Health and Rehabilitation Center where he was loved by all.  He developed wonderful friendships with the staff and fellow residents and spent countless hours sipping coffee on the back porch and socializing with his friends.  Donald’s family will be forever grateful for the loving care he received while residing at Pine View.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Blair Batson Children's Hospital (www.growchildrens.org), K-Love radio station (http://www.klove.com) or The Shady Grove Baptist Church perpetual cemetery fund: PO box 198, Heidelberg MS 39439.  Online condolences can be given at www.wrightsfuneral.com.