Virgil "Red" Thomas, 74, of Brazil passed away at 1 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2005 in the Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Terre Haute.
He was born April 22, 1930 in Mecca, Indiana to Raymond Charles and Bessie Jordan Thomas and married Barbara Newport on Sept. 28, 1956. Mr. Thomas served in the Indiana National Guard in Rockville and Brazil and farmed and was a truck driver for Lloyd "Wimpy" Nelson for 29 years retiring in 1986. He attended Mecca High School, was a member of the Peniel United Methodist Church and the Brazil Moose Lodge.
He was preceded in death by a brother Harry Thomas and a nephew Danny Joe Thomas. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Newport Thomas, four daughters, Peggy Irwin and husband Johnny, Ronda Modesitt and husband Tony, Pamela holifield and husband Jimmy and Penny Keller and husband Steve, all of Brazil, two sisters, Lois Cassidy and husband Jim of Brazil and Patty Edington and husband Ron of Rosedale, a sister-in-law Wanda Thomas of Terre Haute, eight grandchildren, P.J. Irwin and wife Michelle, Lacy Irwin, Derrick Modesitt, Dani Modesitt, Jessica Lundy and husband Jeff, Barbie Tarr and husband Eddie, Kameko Keller and Dakota Keller all of Brazil, and three great grandchildren, Brianna Lundy, Peyton Lundy and Gracie Tarr all of Brazil.
Services will be at 5 p.m. in the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, with cremation to take place at his request. The family requests that visitors wear casual clothing as Red would wear.