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In Memory of

Robert W. Thomas

November 9, 1943 - May 11, 2017

Obituary


Mr. Robert "Bobby" Thomas, 73, passed peacefully into Heaven on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He was the son of the late Harold L. and Carolyn Pierce Thomas. His father was a graduate of Belmont Abbey College and his mother, a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte, was a teacher in the public schools of North Carolina.

Bob was a graduate of J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, NC and PGA Business School, College Park, Maryland. He was a life member of the PGA of...

Mr. Robert "Bobby" Thomas, 73, passed peacefully into Heaven on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He was the son of the late Harold L. and Carolyn Pierce Thomas. His father was a graduate of Belmont Abbey College and his mother, a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte, was a teacher in the public schools of North Carolina.

Bob was a graduate of J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, NC and PGA Business School, College Park, Maryland. He was a life member of the PGA of America, inducted into membership in May 1969; a 48-year tenure. Bob began his golf career as an assistant professional under his father at Greenville Golf & Country Club, Greenville, NC before becoming head professional at Robersonville Country Club in Martin County. Later, he joined the staff at Chicora Country Club in Dunn, NC as head golf professional and greens superintendent. While at Chicora, his father purchased Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, where Bob served as head professional and golf course superintendent. Later, he moved to Charlotte and was teaching professional at Crown Golf Center in Pineville. Bob served as golf coach for the J.H. Rose High School golf team and assisted with the East Carolina University golf team as well.

Bob was an outstanding junior golfer, advancing to the semi-finals of the National Junior Competition in his earlier years. He played in many PGA tournaments throughout his career, including men's and ladies Pro-Am events. He and his step-mother, the former Jeanette Hackney of Washington, NC, often formed a winning team throughout the Carolinas section. Bob was best known for his outstanding teaching ability and expertise as a greens superintendent.

Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Anna Overton of Greenville, NC; a son, Rob Thomas and wife, Chelsi, of Cherryville; two sisters, Ellen Thomas Avery and husband, Wayne, of Winterville and Carol Thomas Powers and husband, Dr. David Powers, of Indian Beach. And of course, his beloved canine companion, Rocky, who faithfully guarded him during his illness.

Services for Bob will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th in the chapel of St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville, NC, where Bob and Anna were united in marriage 50 years ago on March 12, 1967. On this day, Bob's brother-in-law, William Vance Overton, gave his sister Anna to him in marriage. Honoring their marriage vows, "'til death do us part", Anna now releases Bob into the hands of their Almighty Father, where they will one day be reunited.

The Thomas family would like to especially thank Dr. Jimmie Adcock of First Charlotte Physicians for his untiring efforts in caring for Bob for so many years; the entire medical staff at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, especially the ICU team; Dr. Maier and Dr. McWilliams; the outstanding Ballantyne Fire Dept. #32, who continually assisted Bob during his illness; and the relentless EMS (Medic) team of Mecklenburg County.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to the Disaster Relief Fund, Carolinas PGA Section, 6271 Bryan Park Road, Browns Summit, NC 27214; the Ballantyne Fire Dept. #32, 9225 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC 28277; The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1060 William Moore Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606; the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, 3520 Tupper Dr., Greenville NC 27834; or the Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203.

Harry & Bryant Funeral Home in Charlotte and S.G. Wilkerson & Sons Funeral Home in Greenville, NC are assisting the Thomas family.