Walter W. Thomas
Walter W. Thomas, 79, a longtime Rockaway resident, died August 22.
Thomas was born on January 1, 1931 in Hughes, Arkansas. Following High School graduation in 1951, Walter was drafted into the United States Army. He regularly attended Sunday school and taught Bible study.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; and step-mother, Wilma Holiday Thomas.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Pearse Thomas; siblings, Imogene Thomas Young, Robert Edward Thomas, Jacquelyn Thomas Marshall and Ronald Ira Thomas; aunt, Aara Campbell; cousin, Irving Lee Jackson (who was like a brother); godchildren, Berlyn J. Thomas, Lillian Ann Miner and Vernon Rice; sister-in-law, Mattie L. Pearse; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel, Inwood, New York. A funeral mass took place at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Arverne. Interment took place at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York.