History & Staff

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Our History

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        The Thomas Family ties to Gordon County are deeply rooted dating as far back as the early 1800's.

            Jesse Wright Thomas better known as “J.W.” was born November 6, 1912 North of the Scottsville Community to Grover Cleveland and Sunie Wright Thomas. He was raised on a farm near the  present W.L. Swain Elementary School. As a young adult, he joined the Reeves Baptist Church and was baptized in Robbins Creek nearby. He would graduate Liberty High School (near the local fairgrounds) in 1930. He attended and graduated The Hohenschuh-Carpenter College of Mortuary Science in 1938 of St. Louis, Missouri. With the war inevitable, Mr. Thomas would enlist in 1942 and serve as Technical, 5 Sergeant in World War II. His service was not an easy one as he was captured December 14, 1944 near Bastogne, Belgium. He was liberated from the Nazi Concentration Camp of Buchenwald, Silesia, Germany April 11, 1944. He would be awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in action,  December 17, 1944 in Belgium.

             Before deploying for war, he met and married his sweetheart Evelyn Dorris Hammett Thomas. They married November 6, 1943 on J.W.’s 31st birthday.  

            Evelyn Dorris Hammett was born October 30, 1912 in Atlanta, Georgia to George Washington and Edna Ivey Hammett. She attended The Girl’s High School of Atlanta and graduated in 1931. Her passion was drawing and so she began to attended the High Museum of Art School in Atlanta. With the war looming, she attended Georgia Tech to learn how to be a draftsman. When the war began, she took a position drafting architectural and ship plans for the United States War Department.

            After the war, J.W. and Evelyn Thomas purchased Jackson Funeral Home from the Jackson family in December 1945.

           The history of the Jackson Funeral Home began with Mr. E.L. Jackson of Bartow County. He came to Calhoun and established his business on the street front of Wall Street in 1899. The building he operated predated the local Gem Theatre.

             E.L. Jackson's son, Richard “Dick” Jackson, operated their family business until his untimely early death in the spring of 1945. His widow, Aileen Dyar Jackson, operated the funeral home until J.W. Thomas was discharged from the Army later that year.

The business was renamed Thomas Funeral Home and relocated to the former home of Dr. W.A. Richards at 201 North Wall Street, Calhoun, Georgia.This historic landmark structure is now the executive office building of the Gordon County Administrator and Staff.

            J.W. and Evelyn welcomed their only son, Bruce Gregory Thomas soon after the war. He graduated from Calhoun High School in 1964. He attended The University of West Georgia and graduated with a Bachelors of Art in 1968. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science of Nashville, Tennessee in 1970. He also served in the Georgia National Guard, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 108th Armor for six years.

            The Thomas family built a new building that was completed August 1, 1987 on Red Bud Road.

Bruce Gregory Thomas has three children: Sarah Elizabeth, Bruce Gregory Jr, and Stephanie Ellen. He was  married to the former Miss Sue Ellen Harbour, a Gordon County native, on January 29, 2011.

Our Valued Staff

Bruce  Thomas

Bruce Thomas, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Bruce is a Gordon County native and second generation funeral director. J.W. and Evelyn Thomas were his parents. They purchased the Jackson Funeral Home in 1945. The Jackson and Thomas families though not related, date their funeral service in Gordon County from 1899.
Bruce is descended from the Thomas and Wright families who were early settlers of the Scottsville and Plainville Communities of Gordon County. Bruce's mother is an Atlanta native who moved to Gordon County after WWII.
Bruce attended local and state schools, and received his Mortuary Science education at the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville.

Alvin  Long

Alvin Long, Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Alvin is a Gordon County native who begin his Funeral Service career in 1969. He is a graduate of Calhoun High School and the Gupton- Jones College of Mortuary Science. He became a Licensed Embalmer in 1976 and a Licensed Funeral Director in 1977, and is National Board Certified. Alvin is a Graduate of the University of Tennessee, Department of Ophthalmology Post-Mortem Eye Enucleation Course, and is a Member of the Adademy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.

In addition to his funeral service career, he served as Chairman of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners for 12 years,the of Calhoun Board of Education. the Calhoun/Gordon County Library Board, the Gordon County Board of Health, the Gordon Hospital Foundation Board, the Board of Directors of the Gordon County Historical Society, the Historical Preservation Commission, he is a member of the Sonora Masonic Lodge, as well as several Chamber of Commerce committees.

Alvin has been a valued and respected member of the Staff of Thomas Funeral Home since 1991.

He is married to the former Miss Patricia Hammontree and has two daughters and several grandchildren. They attend Trinity Baptist Church.

Paige Rankin Roland

Paige Rankin Roland, Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

Paige joined our staff in January 2010 through a work-study program sponsored by the Gordon County School Board. She is a native of Gordon County and a graduate of Gordon Central class of 2010. She presently serves as our office manager and lady attendant. Paige is registered with the Georgia Funeral Service Board as an apprentice funeral director and embalmer.

Chaz L Mezick

Chaz L Mezick, Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

Chaz is a Gordon County Native, who is married to Candace Mezick with two children. he is an alumnus of Gordon Central High School, a Graduate of Middle Georgia College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Chaz is currently serving as an Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer with plans to attend Mortuary School in the near future.

Kenneth Greeson

Kenneth Greeson, Funeral Director / Embalmer

Ken is an Alumnus of Red Bud High School, class of 1967 and an alumnus of the Kentucky Mortuary College, Class of 1969. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Ken is married to the former Judy Padgett and they have one son, Alex Greeson and three grandchildren.

Parham Hammontree

Parham Hammontree

Parham is a Calhoun native and is married to the former Jean Davidson, and they have four children. He is the brother of Roy Hammontree, a former long-time employee of Thomas Funeral Home. Parham attends Antioch Baptist Church were he is a minister and deacon.