HATTIESBURG — The Rev. John Ed Thomas III, 70, a pastor in the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, died Nov. 24, 2007, at his residence.
Services were held Nov. 26 at
A native of Woodville, Rev. Thomas held the Bachelor of Arts from
He served first as associate pastor at Gulfport First United Methodist Church and subsequently held pastorates at Satartia Charge in Yazoo County, Gautier UMC, Ocean Springs St. Paul UMC, Parkway Heights UMC, Gulfport First UMC and Columbus First UMC. Prior to his term in
Rev. Thomas served for many years on the board of trustees of
He represented the Mississippi Conference as a delegate to two jurisdictional conferences and one General Conference. He served as chairman of the boards of directors of Seashore Assembly and the Mississippi Methodist Credit Union and member of the boards of Ordained Ministry and Pensions, the Conference Council on Ministries and the committees on the Episcopacy and Group Insurance.
He was a member of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg and had earlier served as president of the Ocean Springs Rotary Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Edward Thomas Jr. and Ora Ella Huff Thomas and one sister Dean T. Jarreau.
Survivors include: wife, Margaret Ewing Thomas; daughters Susan Stilmman of Humble,
Memorials may be made to the building fund or the Edwards Street Ministry of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church,