SALISBURY, MD. - Edward Holmes Thomas, affectionately known as Pappy or Brud, 91, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday evening, March 28, 2013 at Wicomico Nursing Home. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by the love of his family. Born March 1, 1922 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Samuel LeRoy Thomas and Helen Geyer Thomas.
Ed graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey. Upon graduation he joined the US Army and served in WW II. After his service to his country, Ed graduated from Oklahoma A&M College where he majored in advertising and met his wife to whom he was married for 63 years. Ed worked in the insurance industry and retired from General Adjustment Bureau after 25 years of service. An avid gardener, tennis player, and a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, Ed enjoyed his retirement spending time with his family and logging many miles during his daily walks around the Shad Point area. He was always proud to share his story of attending the second Major League All Star Game in 1934, which was held at the Polo Grounds in New York, when Carl Hubbell struck out five American League hitters in a row. Ed was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his three children, Edward Marsh Thomas (Michele), Frederick Roy Thomas (Diane) and Elizabeth Thomas Guy (Tom) as well as nine grandchildren, Jon and Katlyn Ulrich, Natasha Williams (Billy), Kristen Thomas, Evan Thomas, Adah Marie Guy, Carolyn Guy, Saylor Guy and Annie Guy and two great grandchildren, Dylan and Kailey Williams. Ed is also survived by his sister, Ann Eelman, his beloved Siamese cat, Sam and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Sue Marsh Thomas, a son, Christopher Charles Thomas and two brothers, Roy and Richard Thomas.
A memorial graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 11:00 am at the Shad Point Cemetery located on Riverside Drive, Salisbury, Maryland. The family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the staff of Wicomico Nursing Home for the care and kindness extended to the family during Mr. Thomas' short stay. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Coastal Hospice (Jack Purnell-Chris Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament), P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21802 or the Humane Society of Wicomico County, 5130 Citation Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Maryland. Please visit the Holloway Funeral Home website to express condolences to the family.