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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Donnie Ray Thomason

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  • RINGLING — Funeral services for Mr. Donnie Ray Thomason, 61, of Gainesville, Texas, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013, at the Church of God Fellowship of Divine Order in Ringling with the Rev. Ellen Abshire and the Rev. Phillip Williford officiating. Interment will follow at the Petersburg Cemetery south of Ringling. Services are under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling.
    Mr. Donnie Ray Thomason was born July 13, 1951, at Murray City, Tenn., to the late Mr. L.B. Thomason and Mrs. Elsie Carol (Taylor) Thomason. He departed this life Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Corinth, Texas.
    Donnie was raised as part of a migrant working family living at several communities, not settling in Ringling until 1964. He also resided at Leon before making Gainesville his home. At Gainesville, he was employed for 16 years at Weber Aircraft. After that, he began employment with the City of Gainesville working in the Water Department where he retired from after 20 years of employment in 2005. Donnie enjoyed his retirement residing in Gainesville. He liked fixing up Hot Rod Cars and cherished moments with his family.
    He was preceded in death by father, L.B. Thomason and mother, Elsie Carol (Taylor) Thomason; stepdad, Gene Johnson; sister, Sharon Grimes; brothers, Ricky Thomason and James Johnson; and daughter, Julia Thomason.
    Survivors include children, Jennifer Beam of Gainesville, Texas, Misty Williford and husband, Dallas of Whitesboro, Texas, and Cristi Booker of Ringold, Texas, all from his marriage with Ella Thomason; and Don Scott Thomason of Gainesville, Texas, with his union of Monisha Ashlock; siblings, Farlin Thomason and wife, Donna of Ringling, twin brother, Ronnie Thomason and wife, Brenda of Gainesville, Texas, Gerald Johnson and wife, Una of Lindsay, Okla., Patsy Land and husband, Jeff, Debrah Bowers and husband, Tommy, and Willie Thomason and wife, Carol, all of Rippley, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous other family.
    Pallbearers are Steven Thomason, Travis Thomason, Joe Thomason Abshire, Brian Johnson, Jimmy Don Taylor and Jeff Thomason.
    Family visitation will be from 5-7 this evening at the funeral home of Ringling.
    Condolences may be shared online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.
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