Obituaries » Carleton Lee "Carl" Thomas, Jr.

Carleton Lee "Carl" Thomas, Jr.

July 24, 1967 - September 26, 2021

A memorial of Carl’s life will be open to the public and held at 3pm, Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Staunton River Landing, Gretna VA 24557 (Commons Area). With a private gathering of close family and friends afterwards at the Thomas’ cabin. Pastor and family friend, Steve Stadtherr will be officiating.

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Carleton Lee “Carl” Thomas, Jr., 54, of Rustburg, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021, with family holding him as he entered his eternal home. He fought a courageous battle with cancer since November 2020. He met each obstacle with resilience, peace, determination, and with his laid-back demeanor; qualities in which were seen by all who knew him in each aspect of his life. He was the loving husband of Bethel Shelton Thomas. They were high school sweethearts and married for 32 years. Carl was the love of Bethel’s life and a true soul mate. They were not only spouses, but they worked together and were best friends.

Carl was born on July 24, 1967, in Roanoke. He spent his childhood in Lexington, Drakes Branch, Palmyra, and mostly Gretna, Va. He graduated from Gretna Senior High School and earned a degree in printing from Danville Community College. He also received his Journey Man’s card with a degree in machine operating from Central VA Community College. He started his career with RR Donnelly but found his true calling for helping others when he took the leap of faith to become a Residential Sponsor. He opened his home to those with disabilities, caring for all their needs, alongside Bethel, with those he served through the agencies of Support Services of VA, Blue Ridge Residential Services and Links to Life.

Carl was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church and was on the Board of Directors for the Challenged Sports Exchange. Carl was a devoted family man and was always willing to help others. He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, spending time with family and friends, relaxing at his cabin, attending 80’s rock concerts, and his knack for cooking was loved by many.

Carl was predeceased by his father Reverend Carleton Lee Thomas, Sr. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mary Jacqueline “Jackie” Thomas of Lynchburg, two sisters, Wanda Thomas of Lynchburg and Robin Rowland (Gary Rowland) of Rustburg, a daughter Kaley Thomas Aragon (Eduardo Aragon) of Rustburg, a son Jordan Shelton Thomas (Megan Elliot) of Rustburg, two grandchildren, Lucy and Abram Aragon, one niece, Dara Rowland Brown (Brandon Brown) of Forest, two special friends, Adrian Harvey and Lorenzo Leon, two special family friends, Bobby Cardwell and Brad Pickerel, and one furry companion, Bessie.

A memorial of Carl’s life will be open to the public and held at 3pm, Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Staunton River Landing, Gretna VA 24557 (Commons Area). With a private gathering of close family and friends afterwards at the Thomas’ cabin. Pastor and family friend, Steve Stadtherr will be officiating.

The family is accepting visitors at the Thomas residence, 101 Idaho Drive, Rustburg VA 24588.

Appreciation is extended to the Medical ICU team (Nurse Shelby, and Dr. Ezigbo) and chaplains, Bob and Wyatt at Lynchburg General Hospital, and his medical team at Duke University Cancer Center, especially Dr. Kirkpatrick, Dr. Stinchcombe, and Dr. Ballard, NP, for their compassionate care.

Carl will be greatly missed and forever loved.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Challenged Sports Exchange. 22174 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg VA 24502.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit obituaries.tharpfuneralhome.com

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The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on October 11, 2021

Carl was such an Amazing human being. He will be truely missed. Sending comfort and love to the family. Love you all.

Posted by Cassie, Youssef, & Aya Fares on October 3, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family for comfort and peace during this very difficult time. RIP, Carl & fly high with the Angels...

Posted by Sue A Anderson on October 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family for comfort and peace during this very difficult time. RIP, Carl & fly high with the Angels...

Posted by Sue A Anderson on October 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family for comfort and peace during this very difficult time. RIP, Carl & fly high with the Angels...

Posted by Sue A Anderson on October 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family for comfort and peace during this very difficult time. RIP, Carl & fly high with the Angels...

Posted by Sue A Anderson on October 2, 2021

Sorry for your lost. God will look over this family during this sad time. He was a great man.Carl taught me how to play tennis an I've love it every since.He was a great friend. He always respect his friends an people love him. RIP

Posted by Mitchell Morrison on October 2, 2021

Bethel&family,Matthew and I are so sorry for your loss,we will keep you in our paryers

Posted by Linda Firth on October 1, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He was a kind and loving man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength you need. Know that Carl is with his heavenly Father and no longer suffering. Love & Prayers, Sue & Edwin

Posted by Sue Blackstock on October 1, 2021

Maybe I'm prejudiced because he's my cousin but Carl was one of the gentlest, sweetest, truly genuine and kindest souls I have ever known. I will miss his smile and wonderful sense of humor. Bethel, Kaley, Jordan, Wanda, Robin, Jackie and all of the family, Carlos and I are praying for you. I will look forward to celebrating his life well lived with you on Sunday.

Posted by Thomas Fitch on October 1, 2021

Carl was such a good man. My heart goes out to Bethel,Kaley and Jordan. Mellie and I love you all. We will see you on Sunday, and we'll keep praying that God will give you peace and comfort.

Posted by Sherry East on September 30, 2021

Carl was such a good man. My heart goes out to Bethel,Kaley and Jordan. Mellie and I love you all. We will see you on Sunday, and we'll keep praying that God will give you peace and comfort.

Posted by Sherry East on September 30, 2021

Dear Bethel, Kaley and Jordan, Holding all of you close in our hearts and prayers. We look forward to celebrating Carl's life with you on Sunday and hugging you all. Love, Cat and Luke

Posted by Catherine Chapman Mosley & Luke on September 30, 2021

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