James R. Thomas Sr., 84, of Unity Township, died Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 6, 1937, in Pleasant Unity, a son of the late J. Edward Sr. and Annabelle E. (Gilliand) Thomas. He served with the Air Force during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, Jim was owner and operator of the former Thomas Beverage in Pleasant Unity, the Canada Dry distributor for the region. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trauger, the Latrobe H.O.G. and Latrobe American Legion Post No. 515. Jim enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel I. (Carney) Thomas, in 1995; and two brothers, Charles E. and William H. "Sparky" Thomas. He is survived by his children, James R. Thomas Jr. and wife, Lori, of Unity Township, Tammy Buttermore and husband, Ron, of Scottdale, and Marjorie Thomas-Nicholson and husband, Clark, of Greensburg; grandchildren, Ryan Buttermore and wife, Kelly, Katie Comisak and husband, Nick, Heather Mormack and husband, Zach, Kelli Thomas and fiance, Carmine Biancamano, Whitney, Alyssa and Maliah Nicholson; four great-grandchildren, Chase, Tye, Presley and Finn; and his longtime companion, Betty Jo Alexander, her son, Tom Alexander and his wife, Denise and their children, Tommy and Paige. He is also survived by two brothers, J. Edward Thomas, of Pleasant Unity, and Robert W. Thomas and wife, Joyce, of Unity Township; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Nancy Mears officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul Reformed Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. Please be prepared to adhere to all health guidelines, including face masks and social distancing. A special thank-you to the doctors and staff at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 56, Pleasant Unity, PA 15676, or to the American Heart Association, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.bachafh.com.
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American Heart Association
444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh PA 15222
St. Paul United Church of Christ
PO Box 56, Pleasant Unity PA 15676