Bunyan T. Thomas, 82, headed welding division

February 13, 2005

Bunyan Tyrone "Ty" Thomas, a retired welding supervisor who also owned a Baltimore business that sold and repaired television sets, died of a heart attack Feb. 6 at Sinai Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 82.

Born and raised in Dothan, Ala., Mr. Thomas joined the Army's 92nd Infantry Division in 1941. He was honorably discharged in 1944 and moved to Baltimore to attend college. Mr. Thomas studied chemistry at Morgan State College and the Johns Hopkins University before going to work full time for the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., where he was a welding supervisor. He worked there for 40 years.

While in that job, Mr. Thomas saved enough money to open Poplar Grove Television and Appliance Co. in 1958.

"He sold appliances, televisions, car radios, but his biggest business was repair," said his wife of 50 years, the former Reona Jordan.

He and three full-time workers operated the store at Poplar Grove and Brighton streets for 21 years.

The same year he started his business, Mr. Thomas and his wife moved to their Dennlyn Road home, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Services were Friday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Thomas is survived by two daughters, Sheila Marino-Thomas and Cathy Marino-Thomas, both of Long Island, N.Y.; a son, Brian Tyrone Thomas of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a granddaughter.

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