Joy Burdell Thomas, 85, of Bellpoint died Thursday (Aug. 2, 2012) at home.
He was born Nov. 21, 1926, in Columbus to J. Burdell and Jeannette (Hart) Thomas. He graduated from Bellpoint High School in 1945 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was the retired co-owner of Massey Ferguson T and H Equipment Co. He was a member of Hiram Masonic Lodge and a past Master of Ostrander Masonic Lodge, Chapter, Council, Scottish Rite, Marion Commandery, Aladdin Shrine and a member and past Worthy Patron of the Plain City O.E.S.
Joy is survived by his wife Mary, whom he married on Dec. 16, 1954; a son, Jeffrey (Lisa); two daughters, Theresa (Jim) York and Jennifer Ransome; two grandsons, Chase Ransome and Joshua Thomas; four granddaughters, Marie (Greg) DeJaynes, Julie York and Ciara and Lauryn Thomas; stepgranddaughters, Jacquee (Ray) Montgomery and Stephanie (Ken) Smith; a stepgrandson, Brent (Michelle) Ransom; seven great-grandchildren; a nephew, George (Kay) Conklin; and three nieces, Vicki (Jim) Ahrendes, Christi Thomas (Tom Shipley) and Penney (Philip) Simpson.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon; a son-in-law, Pete Ransom; and a nephew, Mark Thomas.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Robinson Funeral Home where a Masonic and O.E.S. service will be held at the end of calling hours. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Pat Oesterle officiating. Burial will follow in Oller Cemetery where members of the Delaware County Veterans Association will fold and present the flag.
Condolences may be expressed at robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com.