John Charles Thomas

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHARLOTTE - John Charles Thomas, 94, died on Thurs­day, April 12, 2019 at Sardis Oaks Nurs­ing Home in Charlotte, NC fol­low­ing a long strug­gle with cancer and de­men­tia.

He leaves his wife of 69 years Ruth ( Jerry) Thomas: his four sons Jeff (Becky), Jack (Mary), Jim (Laura) and Joel (El­iz­a­beth); his five daugh­ters Angie (Kim), Beth (Stan), Melissa (Peter), Jenny (Tim) and Erin; his 23 grand­chil­dren and his 19 great grand­chil­dren.

Born Oc­to­ber 14, 1924 in Greens­burg, IN, John grew up play­ing bas­ket­ball and work­ing hard in school. He grad­u­ated Cum Laude from the Uni­ver­sity of Notre Dame with a BA in Jour­nal­ism in 1947. John and Jerry were mar­ried in Novem­ber of 1949.

His first job out of col­lege was with the Shel­byville News, where John sold and wrote ads for the News­pa­per. Two years later, he took his first ad­ver­tis­ing agency job as a copy direc­tor at a firm in Bloom­ing­ton, IL. From there, he took a bet­ter po­si­tion at a large agency in Cincin­nati and moved Jerry and the three chil­dren to Ohio in 1955. The re­main­ing six chil­dren were born in Cincin­nati and John switched from the agency side to the cor­po­rate side with a large man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany as direc­tor of ad­ver­tis­ing.

John took a new job and moved the fam­ily to Charlotte, NC in 1973. He held high pro­file po­si­tions in mar­ket­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing with Kar Kare Corp. and Homelite prior to start­ing Boyd, Kellen & Thomas ad­ver­tis­ing agency in 1984. He branched out on his own to start JC Thomas Mar­ket­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in 1987 and fin­ished his ca­reer run­ning this agency.

He was ac­tive on sev­eral boards, foundations and com­mit­tees at St. Gabriel and Charlotte Catholic HS. He was a highly suc­cess­ful bas­ket­ball coach in Cincin­nati and Charlotte win­ning nu­mer­ous City Cham­pi­onships along the way. John held sev­eral po­si­tions, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent, on the lo­cal board of the Busi­ness Mar­ket­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and was also elected to their in­ter­na­tional Board. In ad­di­tion, he was Pres­i­dent of the Notre Dame Club of Charlotte from 1983 to 1985.

John en­joyed play­ing golf and es­pe­cially loved watch­ing his kids and grand­kids play all kinds of sports. He was a lov­ing and ded­i­cated hus­band and a won­der­ful fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and great grand­fa­ther. He will be sorely missed, but he leaves us with so many great mem­o­ries.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at St. Gabriel Catholic Church on Wed­nes­day, April 17. Visi­ta­tion starts at 4: 00PM in the Narthex, fol­lowed by the fu­neral mass at 5: 00PM in the church and the re­cep­tion in the fel­low­ship hall from 6: 00 to 8: 00PM.

In lieu of f low­ers, please send any do­na­tions to Catholic So­cial Ser­vices.

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