Our dearly departed Elmore Eugene Thomas was born on Dec. 9, 1943, to the late Willie and Charlotte Thomas in Ocala, Florida. Elmore received his education from the Marion County Public School System in Ocala. He was a graduate of Ocala High School Class of 1961. After high school, Elmore attended Morris College of Sumter in 1961 and soon thereafter, enlisted into the United States Army. In the United States Army, he received decorations as Expert (Rifle), Amy Occupation Medal (Berlin) and National Defense Service Medal. After serving two years in the United States Army, Elmore returned to Morris College to finish his Bachelor of Science degree.

Elmore was employed by South Carolina Department of Social Services in Sumter as Medicaid supervisor. He was chairman of the board of RTA Santee-Wateree and chairman of The Author O'Neil Foundation.

Elmore was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Sumter, where he served as church clerk, chairman of trustee ministry, member of usher ministry and chairman of board of directors of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Enrichment Center. Elmore was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

On Tuesday morning, Oct. 24, 2017, Elmore departed this earthly life in peace at home. He leaves to cherish his memories on this side: a loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Blanche Wilson Thomas; daughters, Bridgit Eugenia Thomas Harper (Chris) of Memphis, Tennessee, and LaTasha Aleshia Thomas of the home; his granddaughter, Jamaria Elisha Hay of the home; one sister, Josephine Reddick of Gainesville, Florida; one step-brother, Chris Curtis of Ocala, Florida; five sisters-in-law, Azalee Willoughby of Effingham, Jannie Ham of Timmonsville, Joan Pringle (Frederick) of Florence, Mary W. Hyman (Kenneth) of Timmonsville, and Sylvia Thomas of Ocala; God children, Sonia Bowers, Tevin Williams, Kayla Maple, Angela Williams, Douglass Williams, Keith Williams and Devin Johnson; mentor of Dale Breaux Arnold, Neva Titus and Leverne Washington; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Alfred Thomas, Ann Ivy, Edward Thomas, Jesse Thomas, David Lee Thomas, Willie Arthur Thomas and Linda Sue Luckey.

Public viewing will be held on Friday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 W. Fulton St., Sumter, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sigma's Omega Ceremony at 6 p.m.

Mr. Thomas will be placed in the church on Saturday at 11 a.m. for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday at noon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor James Blassingame officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.

Family will be receiving friends at the home, 2498 Pipkin Road, Sumter.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary.net.