August 16, 1965 ~ December 14, 2005
Born in: Richmond, VA,
Resided in: Fairview, NC
Rev. John P. Thomas, 40, of 29 Hickory Nut Cove Road, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, December 14, 2005. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he was the son of James R. Thomas and his wife Katherine of Charlotte, NC and Doloris Rock Edmonds and her husband Bob of Dundas, Virginia. Rev. Thomas attended Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College and was formerly the youth minister at Beverly Hills Baptist Church and pastor of Gashes Creek Baptist Church. He was the founding and current pastor of Ecclesia Baptist in Fairview. John’s mission was to be a follower of Christ, committed to live by faith, to be known for his love, and to offer a voice of hope. He was very active in youth activities including the East Buncombe Youth Football League and youth leagues in East Asheville, Fairview and Reynolds. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Michelle Camby Thomas; two sons, John R. Thomas and Jared P. Thomas; father-in-law, Bob Camby; mother-in-law, Mickey Camby all of the home; two sisters, Paige Morgan of Charlotte and Gwyn Sleeper of Norfolk, VA; two brothers, Robert Thomas of Nashville, Tenn. and Adam Thomas of Charlotte and his aunts, Marilyn Oliver and her husband Edwin of Alexandria, Va., Joyce Hardisty and her husband Marvin of Richmond, Va. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday in Trinity of Fairview conducted by the Revs. Mike Anderson, Stan Dotson and Kim Christman assisted by Kenny Feigl, Karen Doucette, Daniel Martin and Jerry Dotson. Interment will follow in Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church.