Virgil Lee Thomas, 50, machinist in Baltimore

July 06, 2004

Virgil Lee Thomas, a former Baltimore machinist, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Va. The Marion resident was 50.

Mr. Thomas was born in Marion to a widowed mother. He was 9 when the family moved to Dundalk, where his mother remarried.

When Mr. Thomas was 14, he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle, said his sister, Brenda Lorbiecki of Baltimore. She said the injuries he suffered from that accident affected him the rest of his life.

He earned his General Educational Development diploma and served in the Army and later the Maryland Army National Guard. He held several jobs over the years, including that of machinist in the mid-1980s at the National Wire Co. in Baltimore, his sister said.

He married Beatrice Sedler Study in 1991. The couple moved to Marion in 1993.

Services were held Saturday.

In addition to his wife and sister, Mr. Thomas is survived by two stepsons, Stanley Study of Marion and William Study of Baltimore; his mother and stepfather, Mary and Edgar McKinney of Baltimore; two brothers, David Thomas and Harold Evans Jr., both of Baltimore; and another sister, Janet Thomas of Baltimore.

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