Frank E. Thomas Sr., 74, tailor, active churchman


June 04, 1993|By Staff Report

Frank E. Thomas Sr., a master tailor and an active churchman, died of cancer Monday at the Joseph Richey hospice in Baltimore.

The 74-year-old Baltimore native began his career as a shipbuilder but later developed expert skills in tailoring and dry cleaning. He took pride in these skills and shared them with family and friends.

He worked at the King's Cleaners Inc. on 1616 E. Joppa Road in Towson for more than 20 years.

"He was a very fine, active man," said Charles Sheain, owner of King's Cleaners. "He was outstanding, a real good guy. Very faithful, Christian and pleasant. He will be missed by all."

Mr. Thomas began his work in the church at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Baltimore as a choir member. When he and his family moved to Baltimore's Ashburton neighborhood, they joined Mount Zion United Methodist Church.

Over the years, Mr. Thomas held many positions in the church, including those of trustee, choir member, program coordinator and chaplain for United Methodist Men.

Mr. Thomas married the former Virginia Chandler in 1938 and the couple had three children, including Shirley Thomas, who is deceased.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 3050 Liberty Heights Ave.

Besides his wife, Virginia, Mr. Thomas is survived by a son, Frank Thomas Jr., and a daughter, Phyllis Reese, both of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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