McKinley Thoms, 92, machinist, caterer

May 07, 2006

McKinley "Mack" Thoms, a retired machinist and caterer, died of complications from diabetes Monday at St. Joseph Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Omaha, Neb., where he moved three years ago. The longtime West Baltimore resident was 92.

Born in Windfall, N.C., he moved to Baltimore in 1932 and attended city public schools.

He retired in 1978 after working for 36 years with Western Electric Works at Point Breeze. He began there as a janitor and left as a wire machinist.

Mr. Thoms was also a caterer and often worked through the old Duke & Lou's delicatessen at the Park Lane Shopping Center. Family members said he prepared foods for private parties for nearly 40 years.

He also enjoyed watching his granddaughter, Tracie Thoms, perform in the Center Stage production of A Raisin in the Sun and The Exonerated at the Warner Theater in Washington. He followed her film and TV performances, which include Rent, Law and Order and Cold Case.

In his free time, he bowled and played pinochle with friends.

His wife of nearly 40 years, the former Henrietta Alston, died in 1977.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

In addition to his granddaughter, survivors include his two sons, Douglas M. Thoms of Omaha and Donald H. Thoms of Pikesville; two daughters, Alvinia Wiggins of Philadelphia and Tanika Thoms of Baltimore; two brothers, Chester Thoms and Percy Thoms, both of Baltimore; four other grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

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