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November 23, 1940 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Jasper Newton Thomas was born on November 23, 1940 to the late Robert Sing Thomas and the late Mary (Parlee) Hughey Thomas. He was affectionately called “Jap” by his family and close friends. Jasper was called home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2024.
Jasper graduated from Glenwood High School in Winder, GA. He later moved to Middletown, OH and worked at Aeronca Aircraft for 35 years. After retirement from Aeronca, he went to work for the Middle-town School District as a Crossing Guard at Rosa Parks School (the kids called him the Peppermint Man). At the same time, he also worked at Access Counseling Service until his health declined.
Jasper was a “good” man and was always helping anyone he could. He was very caring and respectable to everyone.
Jasper attended New Era Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and with the Male Chorus (Fishers of Men). Jasper was very faithful to his church and would do anything that was asked of him.
Even though Jasper never had any children of his own, all his nieces and nephews loved him dearly, as we all called him “Uncle Jap”. His legacy will be one of intelligence, love, strength, courage and unquestion-able zest for life. He inspired a long list of family members and friends.
The beloved son was the baby of eight siblings, five brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Thomas; brothers, Larry H. Thomas, J.B. Thomas and Robert H. Thomas; sisters, Dorothy Lee Thomas-Hillman, Ruby Bernice Thomas-Teasley and Lucille Thomas-Pope. He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his beloved wife of 50 years, Florine Simms-Thomas; two stepchildren, Gwen (Neicy) and Robert Osborn and their grand-children; his only brother, Rev. Enorris (Martha) Thomas of Middletown, OH; two special nieces, Gwen Thomas-Gibson of Columbus, OH and Cathy Thomas-Johnson of Middletown, OH; a very special great-great-great-niece, which he called “My Girl” Lyric Henderson of Middletown, OH; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.