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First United Methodist Church
Saturday October 6th, 2018
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Joel Keith Thomas, Sr

Joel K. “The Bowman” Thomas, 79 of Sanford passed away Monday October 1, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11:30am Saturday October 6th at Rogers Pickard Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Cemetery.


Mr. Thomas was born in Lee Co, a son of the late Elbert Gilbert Thomas and Ida Sawyer Thomas. He coached numerous kids in recreation Mite League football for “The Giants” for many years. He also was known by many people as “The Bowman”, with his hunting and accessories business he and his wife operated for 30 years before their retirement in 2016.


Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife Helen Marie Thomas; daughter, Sheila Holt and husband Jerry of Sanford; son Joel Keith Thomas, Jr and wife Norma Jean of Sanford; two grandchildren, Christine Holt and Jordan Holt; one brother, Michael S. Thomas of Sanford.


The family will greet friends beginning at 10:00am Saturday before the funeral at the Funeral Home, and other times at 998 Zion Church Road, Sanford.


Memorial contributions can be made to charity of your choice.

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Prayers for the Thomas family.
I will never forget my dad taking me to Joels shop to get my first real hunting bow. I think I was about 13. Many years have passed since(18years) then but I will never forget Joel and the knowledge he shared with me, seeing him shoot and what he could do with a bow fueled my passion for archery which remains to this day and I still practice exactly like Joel taught me.Now I have a son of my own and its time for his first real bow and this is how I came to learn of his passing. Although Joel wont be able to step up my sons bow, I will do my best to pass down his knowledge, friendship and love for archery.

Thank you god for the life of Joel Thomas
God bless!

Hardy Bobbitt Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

I remember Joel from time in the same class in Sanford school years. I read here about Joel's life with his wife and the shop for bowhunters and his coaching I recently looked at his class picture for 1955, and the bow tie below the smile speaks to me of Joel's relaxed and unselfconscious ways. I offer condolences to his family.

Jean Primm Purcell Oct 6 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel Thomas, Sr

Marjorie Thomas Oct 5 2018 12:00 AM

To the family of Joel Thomas, Sr, I am so very sorry for your loss. The hope of life for those we love gives us strength to bare our sorrow. The one who gave life assures us of life even when we close our eyes. He says "Do not be amazed, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will hear His voice and come out..........(John5:28,29)

Teresa Oct 4 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel Thomas, Sr

SUSAN & SCOTT DENKINS Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

Joel (Bear Bryant of Mite league football } and I coached football together for the Recreation Dept.for 2 years. Really had a great time coaching some great kids.Joel had a ray tweed hat like the one Bear Bryant wore.Enjoyed time spent with Joel and the kids. Our team was the Giants sponsored by Lee Paving.Joel, rest in peace.

Jim Paschal Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel Thomas, Sr

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Expression of Sympathy Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel Thomas, Sr

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