Donal Thomas, 71, of Navassa, born to the late Mary and John W. Thomas on July 18, 1944, peacefully transitioned from this life to life eternal on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington.
He received his education in the Brunswick County School system at Lincoln High School. Upon completion of high school, he joined the U.S. Army. He then moved to New Jersey, where he worked various jobs to include, Inmont in Bound Brook, N.J.; U.S. Postal Service of Newark, N.J.; and Newark Board of Education. He retired from both the U.S. Postal Service as well as the Newark Board of Education. Under the Lord’s direction, Donal was one of six members who started Clearway Missionary Baptist Church, Irvington, N.J., under the leadership of the Rev. David Everett. He served faithfully as trustee until retiring and moving home to Navassa.
Upon returning home, he joined Davis Chapel Baptist Church and was a member of the Men’s Choir, Trustee Board, and an avid Sunday school teacher. Donal was a compassionate, positive, and very bossy man who did not tolerate any foolishness. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling and spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Ava Thomas, Geraldine Hall, Charles Thomas and Arthur Thomas.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife and companion of 40 years, Barbara Thomas; children, Glenda Cooper (Sherman) of Jacksonville, Fla., Wanda Thomas of Leland and Gregory White (Patricia) of Navassa; adopted son and daughter, Vanessa Bullock (John) of Montgomery, Ala., and Randall Hayden (Lyndia) of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; godson, Walter F. Mapson Jr.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Mapson of Leland; brothers, Harold Quince of Washington, D.C., John Thomas (Margaret) of Jacksonville, Ernis Briant (Pauline) of Navassa and George Gibbs (Lynn) of Cooper City, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Geneva Hayden, Beulah Dixie and Sarah Dixie; brothers-in-law, Al Hayden, Walter Dixie and Robert Dixie; special nephew, Minister Walter Fennell Mapson (Sadie) of Leland; special cousins, Hazel Weston and Bobby Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Services were held Saturday, June 11, at Davis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
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