VILLE PLATTE The family of Eli Dempsey Thomas III, 98, is saddened to announce his passing on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Mercy Regional Medical Center of Ville Platte. He was surrounded by family when he left this world to join his Savior in the next. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church of Ville Platte Rite of Committal will follow in The Sacred Heart of Jesus Mausoleum, with Father Brad Guillory as Celebrant.
A loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all, Eli leaves behind his beloved children: Coach Allen K. Thomas of Bordelonville and Sarah Madalyn Foret of Luling. He was blessed with thirteen grandchildren and further blessed with twenty four great grandchildren they were the absolute light of his life. He took every chance he was afforded to brag about them, they were his greatest source of pride. His charming personality and gracious manner will be remembered by many for years to come.
Eli was born to Eli and Sue Wolf Thomas, Jr. of Baton Rouge, he was a member of the Baton Rouge High School Class of 1936 and went on to earn a Masters Degree from Louisiana State University. He served his country with great pride and honor during World War II as a member of United States Army Air Corps, during his time of service he fought valiantly during the Battle of Normady and the Battle of the Bulge. After returning home he began his career in education, Eli taught Agriculture at Ville Platte High for twenty years and went on to serve as Principal of Ville Platte Lower Elementary. He was not only an educator but was also a business owner Eli also owned and managed The Best Flower Shop of Ville Platte. He served his beloved country and his community, giving of himself was a true passion.
Eli will now reunite in Heaven with the love of his life, his devoted wife, Sarah Joy Thompson Thomas, their sons, Eli D. Thomas IV and John B. Thomas. He will also be welcomed by his parents, Eli and Sue Thomas III and his sisters, Beatrice Korte, Jenny Hoffman and Sue Cooper. Their reunion will surely be a joyous occasion.
At the request of the Thomas family visitation will be held at Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville beginning at 4:00 PM Monday, February 24, 2014 and will continue until 9:00 PM and resume at 8:00 AM Tuesday morning and continue until the time of the service. A Rosary will be recited in his name Monday evening at 7:00 PM.
Family and friends may view the online obituary andor send words of comfort to the family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com
Ardoins Funeral Home of Ville Platte has been entrusted with all arrangements, 3373632181.