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William Everett Thomas Jr., 71, of Portsmouth, completed his good fight on earth on July 5, 2014.

Raised in Gloucester, Va., he was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Bernice Thomas, and a sister, Sylvia T. Walker, as well as his father-in-law and ‘biggest cheerleader,’ Albert S. Morrison Jr.

Bill retired from the Civil Service and was a member of the Portsmouth United Church of Christ and Portsmouth Masonic Lodge #100. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching all sports, especially events dominated by his grandchildren! Though enduring physical limitations, Bill’s zest for life and true generosity will serve as a timeless legacy for those close to him. He cherished people and actively maintained ongoing personal contact with his family and a few devoted friends. 

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Mary Susan Thomas; two daughters, Suzanne Hagelberger of Virginia Beach and Frances Carneal of Gloucester Point; brother, James D. Thomas of Kitty Hawk, N.C., and wife Joyce; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  Bill was particularly fond of his brother-in-law and brother-in-heart Bert Morrison and wife Linda, and two special nieces, Ashley Koonce and Heather Peterson.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to extraordinary caregiver and good friend, Angela Ellis.

A very casual ‘gathering of memories’ celebration will be held on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. at Portsmouth United Church of Christ, 5900 Portsmouth Blvd., Portsmouth.

In lieu of flowers, the family enthusiastically encourages ‘love gifts’ to be made to the church.