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Donald A. Thomas, MD

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 6, 2014 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

DURHAM – Donald A. Thomas, MD, died Sunday, April 6, two months before his 80th birthday, at The Pavilion at Croasdaile Village. He was born in Roanoke Rapids on June 6, 1934. Don graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1961 and from the UNC School of Medicine in 1966. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the City of Memphis Hospitals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1969. He then joined Dr. Fletcher Raiford in a private practice of pediatrics in Hendersonville, which later became Hendersonville Pediatrics, PA. Dr. Thomas practiced pediatrics in Hendersonville for 28 years, retiring in 1998. He and his wife, Norma, moved to Durham in 2001 to be nearer their two daughters.

Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Norma Lockaby Thomas, of Durham; his daughters, Sheryl Thomas Fowler of Durham and Kim Thomas Freeman and her husband, Jim, of Wilmington; three grandchildren, William Thomas Fowler, Caroline Scott Fowler and Isabella Han Freeman; his brother, Halton Thomas, and Halton’s wife, Wanda, of Salisbury, MD; close family members Bill and Linda Drake of Cary and Harry and Katherine Lockaby of Hendersonville, along with many nieces, nephews, and a generation of Hendersonville’s children who were such a large part of his life.

Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough on Wednesday, April 9, at 2 pm. A memorial service for Dr. Thomas will be held in Hendersonville at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select Obituaries.

Arrangements for the Thomas family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.

Condolences for the family of “Donald A. Thomas, MD”

Condolence from Debbie Selinsky on April 7th, 2014 12:00 am

My love and prayers go out to Norma, Sheryl, Kim and the rest of the family. They were blessed with a wonderful husband and father and I know how much they’ll miss him. I looked at Don and Norma’s marriage as an example of how it should really be — love and respect every day between partners and a lifetime of beautiful memories to bind them together for all time. Don was an example of a vanishing breed: a gentle man. We’ll all miss him.

Condolence from Carol & Loren Nolte on April 8th, 2014 12:00 am

A very special man. Love and prayers for Mrs. Thomas, Sheryl, Kim, and their families.

Condolence from Wanda Arroyo on April 8th, 2014 12:00 am

I am deeply sorry. My prayers are with all of you during this time. Love, Wanda and family.

Condolence from Linda Goodwin, MD on April 9th, 2014 12:00 am

I am so sad to hear of Dr. Thomas’s passing. I had the privilege of practicing with him at Hendersonville Pediatrics and having him as my own childrens’ doctor. He was a wonderful mentor to me. So kind, so caring. I will miss him as will the many, many children, now parents and grandparents with children and grandchildren of their own. My love to Norma, Kim, Sheryl and their families.

Condolence from Daphne Dotson Pressley on April 9th, 2014 12:00 am

My family and I want to express our deepest condolences to Dr. Thomas’s family. Not only was he my doctor, but he was our children’s as well. What a privilege it was to have him care for them and always feel without hesitation that he provided second to none medical care with kindness and reassurance.

Condolence from Dr and Mrs Sam Falvo on April 9th, 2014 12:00 am

Norma,Sheryl,Kim and Families: our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don was a fine man peace to his spirit.

Condolence from Scott Tina & Bradley Rhodes on April 9th, 2014 12:00 am

Your family are in our prayers! Dr. Thomas was a wonderful doctor. He was Scott’s dr and our son Bradley’s Doctor. So thankful for such a good doctor!!!

Condolence from April Workman Brock on April 10th, 2014 12:00 am

Words can’t express how saddened i am to hear the loss of Dr.Thomas. As a child he was my favorite Doctor, and i will miss his smiling face. My heart and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Mariana on April 10th, 2014 12:00 am

Dear Nana, Ms. Fowler, Caroline, and Will,

I am very sorry about Pop’s passing.


Condolence from Brad Cunningham on April 16th, 2014 12:00 am

Thoughts and prayers to the family. Dr. Thomas took care of half the town when we were growing up in Hendersonville.

Condolence from Judy Thorpe on May 13th, 2014 12:00 am

When our loved one dies, we need comfort in our time of grief. It is of much comfort, to me, to think of a time we will be transformed into a new body, no more pain, no more sickness, no more death, Rev. 21: 3,4 . What a grand hope we have been given.

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