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08/18/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Mike Thomas

Michael Gene Thomas
(05 Feb 1951 - 14 Aug 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1969

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    We have sad news again this Friday morning. Mike Thomas, Class of 1969, brother of the late Robert Bennett, passed away in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Monday, August 18, 2017 at the age of 66.

From Gregg Funeral Home (Jonesboro, AR) - 08/18/17:

              Michael Gene Thomas


    JONESBORO, ARKANSAS - Michael Gene Thomas, 66, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 from complications arising from leukemia.

Mike grew up in Newport News, Virginia, joined the Navy and served as a hospital corpsman. His service to his country included posting in Charleston, South Carolina, Great Lakes, Illinois, Jacksonville, Florida, and Albany, Georgia. Following his service, he began his nursing career in 1978 and later became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1982.

His medical career spanned thirty-nine years. His skill and care improved the lives of more than twenty thousand patients, many of them veterans like himself. He left a legacy of healing.

Mike enjoyed golf, time with his family and friends, good music, and a good laugh. He will be missed.
Mike Thomas
  Mike is preceded in death by: his father, Edward Thomas; his mother, Ruby Thomas; and his brother, Robert Bennett.

He is survived by: his wife, Connie Thomas; his daughters and their husbands, Crystal and David McDaniel and Amanda and Brian Meadors; and his grandchildren, Abigale, Ella, Gus, Tabitha and Mason.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in Birdeye with Rev. Rex Darling officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society @

Published in the Daily Press on August 18, 2017.

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August 15, 2017, 10:05 PM 

Mike, I'm blessed to have met you and even more so to have had you as a friend. Thanks for being genuine and honest. I'll miss our conversations, but I'll never forget you.

~ Thomas Bebin


August 16, 2017, 8:32 PM 

Connie, I am sorry for your loss. Even though I only saw him at the hospital, I enjoyed talking to him. He was such a great person to know. I only wish I could have known him better. Missing him already, Marie

~ Carolyne Bonner

August 17, 2017, 8:49 PM 

Mrs. Thomas and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Thomas was truly one of a kind. I wish we all would have met under different circumstances, but it was my honor to be one of his nurses the past few months. Your family is precious, and I am so blessed to have known Mr. Thomas and all of you! I will miss his stories, his wisdom, his teachings, and his presence. But, he made an impact on me that will go with me throughout my nursing career, because he continued to give knowledge and shared his love for others even when he was at his worse. Some people touch your lives and your heart in ways that make you never forget them. Mr. Thomas will never be forgotten. He fought hard, and his victory and legacy will never be forgotten! May you find comfort in the memories that you shared and in knowing that Mr. Thomas may have been only one man, but he touched the lives of everyone he met. From the 20,000 patients, to those who served with him, to his wonderful family, and to a new nurse who admired his courage, his heart, his knowledge, and his service. I will miss his double octane coffee on 3B that he would always make for us first thing in the morning and his stories. Many hugs and prayers to you all in this difficult time. Love, Deonna (3B RN)

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mike's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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