Garland Carter Thomas, age 84, of Charlotte C. H., VA, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Eustace Thomas Sr., and Leonora Carter Thomas; one brother, William Eustace Thomas Jr.; one granddaughter, Laurie Ann Holt; and one grandson, Tucker Holt.
Garland is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Tucker Thomas; four daughters, Wanda Thomas Bolton Matt, Debbie Thomas Clements John, Pat Thomas Holt Edwin, Bonnie Thomas Trent Ted; eleven grandchildren; Jennifer Lee Richard, Chris Holt Crystal John E. Clements, Jr. Rebecca, Suzanne Driskill Eric, Melanie Currin Greg, Matthew Bolton Michele, Christine Clements, Michael Trent Blair, Rice Holt Sara, Tyler Holt Hailey, and Sarah Riepe Creigh; nineteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends. He was a chartered member of the Charlotte County Rescue Squad. Garland was appointed in 1972 by Governor Holton and in 1976 by Governor Godwin to serve on the Pork Commission.. Garland spent his life doing what he loved best farming.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, with interment to follow in the Oak View Presbyterian Church Cemetery Charlotte C. H., VA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Charlotte County Rescue Squad. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of arrangements.