Charlie Thomas

Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday at the Hornbeak Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11 a.m. Saturday until the hour of services.
The family has requested memorials may be made to the Fulton Public Library, 312 Main St., Fulton, Ky.; Fulton First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1386, Fulton, KY 42041; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Born on Oct. 27, 1921, in Gideon, Mo., he grew up on a small farm in Graves County, Ky., and graduated from Fulton High School. He was awarded football scholarships, first at Holmes Jr. College in Goodman, Miss., then at the former Memphis State University, where he graduated in 1942. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and remained in the reserves for 20 years.
Charlie was a well-known teacher and football coach at Martin and then Union City and, finally, in Fulton. He devoted 32 years to the Fulton Independent School district as teacher/coach, then was principal of Carr Elementary School and, finally, superintendent of the Fulton Independent School District. After his retirement, the Fulton Independent School Board dedicated a new addition to Carr Elementary to Charlie in recognition of his years of exemplary leadership.
He was active in the Fulton Lions Club and served on the board of the Fulton Country Club. He was a long-time member of Fulton First United Methodist Church and the Fulton Country Club.
 Mr. Thomas was married to the former Betty Lou McCellan for over 45 years and then to Helen (Rice) Thomas, both of whom preceded him in death.  
He had a daughter, Terry (Thomas) Kephart, who also preceded him in death.
 He is survived by two grandsons, David Charles Kephart of Salida, Colo., and Sam Thomas Kephart of South Fulton; a great-grandson, Max Thomas Kephart of McKenzie; and a son-in-law, Roger Kephart of Nashville.

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