April 17, 1931 ~ February 1, 2022

Born in: Spring Creek, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Don Thomas, age 90, a long-time resident of the Skyland community, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at the Elizabeth House in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Don grew up in Spring Creek, North Carolina. He and his late wife of 63 years, Robbie Thomas, made their permanent home in the Asheville area. Don served four years in the U.S. Air Force followed by a period of service in the Air Force Reserves. Later, he graduated from Blanton’s Business School. Don had a long career in manufacturing and supervision, originally at CTS and then later retiring from Eaton Cutler-Hammer.

With a love for animals and the outdoors, Don was an avid fisherman and often could be found trout fishing at Davidson River. He enjoyed woodworking and found much pleasure during retirement with this hobby. Don loved the game of baseball and got to see his life-long favorite team, the Atlanta Braves, win one more World Series. Don’s grandchildren perfectly named him “Papaw” which seemed to epitomize his warm smile and humble spirit. Whether it was him teaching them how to fish or a simple phone call, he cherished every minute he spent with them. Of all the joys in Don’s life, nothing compared to the love of his life – his wife and children. He was a dedicated husband and father investing his time and heart in his family.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Robbie Thomas; his parents, Bonnie and Ed Thomas of Spring Creek; and his sister-in-law, Mildred Owens of Arden.

Survivors include his son, Kenneth Donald Thomas and wife Carolyn of Fairview; his daughter, Judy Thomas Grant and husband Tom of Atlanta; two special grandchildren, Alaina Grant and Jackson Grant both of Atlanta; one brother, Charles Thomas and wife Pat of Arden; niece, Cheryl Sasser of Charleston; great-nieces Taylor and Baylee Sasser; one sister, Pat McCall and husband Ted of Fairview; nephew, Mike Parker and wife Cindy; great-niece, Megan Penland and husband Josh; brother-in-law, Mike Owens; and special family friend, Dianne Dirscherl of Fletcher.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 7th at 2:00 at Calvary Churchyard located in Fletcher. The graveside service will be officiated by Pastor Robert Ponder of Skyland Baptist Church, the Thomas’ church home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Elizabeth House through the Four Seasons Foundation, fourseasonsfdn.teleioscn.org.


Graveside Service: February 7, 2022 2:00 pm

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. What a pleasure to have known Don and Robbie . Great people and great family. I will miss his “Hi, how you doing?”. So glad he is with Robbie and at peace. I will miss him. I loved both and will have them in my heart forever. Warmly Dianne.

  2. I worked with Don at Eaton for many years. He was always very polite and a true southern gentleman. May God give the family peace and comfort.

  3. Ken and Judy and all your family,
    It was an honor and a privilege to be your Dad’s nurse at his doctor’s office and to speak with you in your Dad’s final days here on Earth. May you be Blessed and Comforted by your memories and knowing he is always with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Thomas family, I was so sorry to hear about Don passing away. I worked with him for years at Eaton/CH. Don and I talked almost every morning for many of those years. He was certainly a fine man and good friend. Judy you may remember me from that summer you worked in the stock room. I pray God will bless and comfort all of you.

  5. Don was a very good leadman. we worked together for 25 years at Eaton/Cutler-Hammer.
    Sympathy and Prayers to all the family.

  6. Don and Robbie were my neighbors since we moved onto the street in 1994. Don was the first person to say ‘hi’ to me on our street. He and my husband were always talk about plants, yard maintenance and family. Don and Robbie’s yard was always lovely and well tended. While we never got many trick or treaters on our street, they always left their light on so my son could come by and trick or treat. They always made us feel ‘home’. I am happy to know that Don has been reunited with Robbie. My condolensces to all the family as I know you will miss him.


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