Edward King Thomas, 90, of Hendersonville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
He was a native of Henderson County and a son of the late Henry Steve and Ora Hood Thomas. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife Opal Love Thomas; two sisters, Helen Thompson and Mae Bell; and two brothers, Fred and Steve Thomas.
Edward was the owner of Thomas Gulf Station for more than 42 years and was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church. He loved nature, catching snakes and displaying them at his Gulf station for people to see. He also had a great love of music. Mr. Thomas thought of Saluda as his home away from home and was often seen sitting on Main Street after lunch with his friends. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Joyce Justice and her husband Larry; grandchildren, Brian Justice and his wife, Jenny, Amanda Harshbarger and her husband, Jon; great-grandchildren, Reid Thomas and Trey David Justice; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 3:00pm, Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Mud Creek Baptist Church. Dr. Greg T. Mathis will be officiating. Burial will follow at Mud Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-3pm prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515.