Wendell Delano Thomas Sr. died on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the age of 69.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Theresa M. Hendrickson Thomas; his three children: Darius George Sr., Wendell D. Thomas Jr., and J’Ada M. Thomas; adopted daughter, Delores “Samantha” English-Edwards; adopted grandson: John E. Crump Jr.; aunts: Kathleen Rodgers and Regina Daniel; brothers: Fred A., Delroy and Lloyd “Pedico” Thomas; sister, Ramona Rodgers Faoye; and sisters-in-law: Adelle Hendrickson Lawrence, Alice P. Roach, Glenice Williams Thomas, Myrna P. Payne, Annette Eastman, Mercedes Eastman, Juanita Eastman Joseph, Bernice Thomas, Velma Thomas and Loretta Hendricks Thomas; brothers-in-law: Roy Rodgers and Wayne Payne.
He is also survived by nephews: Fred Jr., Angus B., Lowell Jr., Louis, Akeem and Lowell A. D. Thomas, Owen George, Eustace Roach, Kareem Parris, Roolston and Rahsan Gumbs, Femi Faoye, Dimitri Joseph and Khalid Edwards; nieces: Adnil Clarke, Sharon Danielson, Tiffany Roberts, Gail McKee, Sonya and Mahalia Thomas, Michelle Thomas-Monelle, Palmira Wahkisi, Angela Lawrence, Deborah Rodgers, Ayanna Payne-Irwin, Shevon Johnson and Maria Edwards.
Surviving cousins include: Augustine Edwards and family, Sonia S. Henry and family, Norma Edwards and family, Kathleen Matarangas-King and family, Sheryl R. Soto and family, Michelle A. Williams-Ballantine and family, Lorraine Richards and family, Beryl Warner and family, Anthony, Myrtle and Denise Farrelly and family, Brenda Moving and family, Cherisse Martin Hendrickson and family, Roderick Moorhead Sr. and family, Dawn Rodgers, Sheena C. Williams, Aisha Miller, Lynette Rodgers and family, Kathleen Rodgers and family, Orville Rodgers and family, Errol Rodgers and family, Steven Rodgers and family, Darril Rodgers and family, Alphonso Jr. Rodgers and family.
Other surviving cousins include: Coreen Rodgers-Reed and family, Ilma Rodgers-Francis and family, Levron Sarauw and family, Bernice Sarauw-Turnbull and family, Niriesta Sarauw-Corneiro and family, Roy Rodgers and family, Roderick Moorhead Sr. and family, Felice Marrow and family, Earl Williams and family, Violet Matthew and family, Victoria, Lemely, Jomo, Makeba and Hassanah Daniels, Danley Petersen and family, Emma Armstrong and family, the Evans family, the Jackson family, the Delta M. Jackson-Dorsch family, the McBean family, the Edwards family, and other members of the Rodgers and Thomas family circle. godchildren: Gregory F. Bennerson, Lamar A. Milligan, Michelle M. George, Sheamonique Daniel and Phillip Howard; close friends: Ann E. Abramson, Rudy Abramson and family, Roy Hendrickson and family, Margaret R. Brown and family, Daisy Jacobs and family, Donald Petersen and family, Bertrand McIntosh, Eugene Walwyn, Lesroy Simon, Marcellino Ventura Sr., Eumorris George, Eustace Roach, Miguel Santos, Mario Richardson, Derrick Cole, Manuel Parilla, Juan Vega, Charles Farrell, Augustin ‘Gusbell’ Henderson, Rose James, Larry Miller, Cedric Armstrong, Jesus Rivera, Francella Blanc, Robelto ‘Raycon’ Rodriguez, Angela Burt, Angela Lake, Louis Jackson.
Other close friends include: David Benjamin, Edward Milligan, Chrystalia Bastian, Marilyn Arroyo, Chevorn Phillip, Michael Diaz, Francis Diaz, Veletia Milligan, Smyrna Hamilton, Lionel Smith, Isidore Jules, Martin Peters, Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Gittens, Bertran McIntosh, Melwood Civil, David Benjamin, Louis Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Lang, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Hector Arroyo, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony, Margaret Abdool, the staff of Abramson Enterprises, the employees of the United States Postal Services, St. Joseph’s Central High School Class of 1966, the co-workers of Frederiksted Post Office 00840; and other relatives, friends, too numerous to mention.
Funeral arrangements are by James Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
A viewing will take place at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service on Friday, Feb. 3, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Interment will be at Kingshill Cemetery, Veterans Section.