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Roy Earl Thames, 70, was a long-time resident of Pensacola, FL before moving to Valdosta, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents Alice (Boswell) Thames and Alvin Thames; three brothers, Bobby Thames, William (Buster) Thames and Waelstine (Buddy) Thames. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Thames, two step daughters, Danielle Kohlieber, Stephanie Kohlieber and stepson, Austin Kohlieber from Valdosta, GA. He is also survived by three daughters, Lisa (Greg) Griffis of Pace, Florida, Melanie (Greg) Scott of Lynn Haven, Florida and Wendy (Darin) Stair of Spring Hill, Tennessee. Numerous grandchildren including Megan Griffis, Cameron Griffis, Connor Scott, Collin Scott, Hailey Stairs, Brittany Stairs, Ashlyn Stairs, Chloe Jackson and many special nieces and nephews.
Roy was a Mason with the Ensley Masonic Lodge and a Shriner with of the Hadji Temple of Pensacola, Florida. He also loved fishing and his Florida State Seminoles football "GO NOLES!" He attended Pensacola High School and was a member of the drumline. After graduating, he served during the Vietnam era and was later employed as an electroplater at NAS Pensacola before transferring to Moody Air Force Base and retiring from Civil Service. He loved going to watch the Lowndes Vikings play and cheer on his stepchildren that marched in the Georgia Bridgemen. He also had a great sense of humor and loved to make everyone laugh at his expense. The family would like thank the VA Medical Center in Lake City, Florida , Units CLC3 and Serenity Place for their professional care over the past 1 ½ years. In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to: Alzheimer's Research
Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published on April 28, 2017
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