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“To the Entire Thomas Family, I just learned of this tradegy today July 3rd from my sister Sheri. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you all...Read More »
1 of 64 | Posted by: Terri Whittington - Greensboro, NC

“Our prayers go out to Bess and the girls. We were saddened at the news of Clay's passing. He was a fine man, a good hunter as well as good all around...Read More »
2 of 64 | Posted by: Charlie & Vicki Ritch - Midland, NC

“Dear Clay and Mary Ellen, We did not know your son, and we can only imagine the loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire family. ...Read More »
3 of 64 | Posted by: Ed & Jeanette Gibbs - Greensboro, NC

“I was a classmate of Clay's at EMHS My thoughts are prayers are with you. Rick. ”
4 of 64 | Posted by: Rick Cohan - Classmate

“Dear Bess and Family: I was so sad to hear of Clay's passing. He was a fine man and someone we all looked up to. God bless you and your family...Read More »
5 of 64 | Posted by: Johnny Smith - Elgin, SC

“Polly and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. May the Holy Spirit comfort you in a very special way. ”
6 of 64 | Posted by: Ernest and Nancy Campbell - TN

“My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Clay and all of his family. I work for ITT ProCast in Zachary, LA... I didn't ever have the pleasure of...Read More »
7 of 64 | Posted by: Gaylen Martin - Zachary, LA

“So sorry for your loss. AEKDB, Tom Cuttino '77 ”
8 of 64 | Posted by: Tom Cuttino - Sumter, SC

“Polly: God Bless You and your Family during this difficult time! Prayerfully He will give you Peace and Strength in the days ahead! Our thoughts...Read More »
9 of 64 | Posted by: Jim and Pam Heaton - Johnson City, TN

“Bess and girls, Words cannot express what we feel for you at this sad time.. Clay was precious and we enjoyed all the times we shared with him...Read More »
10 of 64 | Posted by: Ken and Peggy Haralson - hixson, TN

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your girls in my prayers and thoughts. ”
11 of 64 | Posted by: Troy F. Lalli - Chester, SC

“Bess, Abigail, and Victoria, May your memories fill your hearts and feel God's strength and warmth around you. Clay's smile and kindness will be...Read More »
12 of 64 | Posted by: Carole Ward - Greenville, SC

“I was shocked to hear about your loss, I know Clay will be missed greatly and The Thomas family will be in my prayers ”
13 of 64 | Posted by: Jackie Helms - Darlington, SC

“Bess, I have you in my thoughts and prayers during this time and in the days ahead. Sandra Whitesides Caldwell ”
14 of 64 | Posted by: Sandra Whitesides Caldwell - SC

“Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the Clay's passing. He was a very special person and always friendly when we spoke. I am proud to say we...Read More »
15 of 64 | Posted by: Melissa Bailey - Nashville, TN

“Bess, My heart breaks for you, your girls and the Thomas family. I cannot imagine the shock and heartache you all are having to deal with. Clay...Read More »
16 of 64 | Posted by: Becky Airheart - Columbia, SC

“I was so saddened to hear of Clay's passing. I first met Clay ten years ago as I was interviewing with Tencarva. I was a nervous kid fresh out of...Read More »
17 of 64 | Posted by: Jason Lake - Midlothian, VA

“Entire Thomas family in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Sharon McCarthy ”
18 of 64 | Posted by: Jim McCarthy - Charlotte , NC

“So sorry. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. ”
19 of 64 | Posted by: Teresa & Matt MacGillivray - SC

“god is with you my friend ”
20 of 64 | Posted by: Doug Goolsby - Toccoa, GA

“Dear Bess, My love and prayers are with you and the girls. Teri Daniels ”
21 of 64 | Posted by: Teri Daniels - Columbia, SC

“Bess, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you, Abigail, and Victoria are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time....Read More »
22 of 64 | Posted by: Craig Powell - Clinton, SC

“Bess,Abigail,Victoria,words cannot express how shocked & sorry we are about your loss.We all loved Clay so much & he will be truly missed by all that...Read More »
23 of 64 | Posted by: Audrey,Joyce,Terrell,Glenda,Tonda - SC

“Bess: I am so sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love,...Read More »
24 of 64 | Posted by: Patsy Crisler - Chester, SC

“Bess, I wish there was something I could do to take away the pain that you and the girls are feeling. I hope that your memories of Clay will bring...Read More »
25 of 64 | Posted by: Autumn & Fred Castles - Rock Hill, SC

“To the entire Thomas family...Suzanne and I were both shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Clay. Know that you are all in our thoughts and...Read More »
26 of 64 | Posted by: John Haslam - Charlotte, NC

“Bess, Abigail, and Victoria... I am so saddened at the loss of my possum hunting friend!! He will surly be missed by all. I pray the Lord take you...Read More »
27 of 64 | Posted by: Page Duffie - columbia, SC

“My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Clay always had good thoughts and smiles whenever we spoke. He we be missed, and may the...Read More »
28 of 64 | Posted by: Jody Oliver - Stoneville, , NC

“Bess, we are all thinking of you and the girls. All of our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. ”
29 of 64 | Posted by: Barbara Roberts - Cayce, SC

“Dear Polly and Mark and family, We love you. Our hearts are with you. You are in our prayers. Miriam and Cal (and the Pathfinders) ”
30 of 64 | Posted by: Miriam and Calvin Robinson - TN

“Bess, Abigail and Victoria, Know that you are being wrapped with prayers and love. ”
31 of 64 | Posted by: John and Jennifer Abernathy - SC

“Dear Polly and family- Your ETSU family sends our very deepest sympathies to you and your family. We are keeping you all very close in our hearts...Read More »
32 of 64 | Posted by: University Advisement Center/ETSU - TN

“Praying that Jesus will flood all of your minds with happy memories to carry you through this time. Also praying that you will feel His arms up under...Read More »
33 of 64 | Posted by: Stacey D'Angelo Thompson - GA

“So very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Clay. His outstanding character leadership and good nature back in Jr.High and East Mecklenburg...Read More »
34 of 64 | Posted by: Walt Love - Charlotte, NC

“My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the Family of Clay. Seems all fine people are taken from us all too soon. I'm sure he will always...Read More »
35 of 64 | Posted by: Bob Craven - Atlanta, GA

“Bess, I am so sorry for your loss. I can only pray that God will comfort you and see you thru this difficult time. I can tell you that you and your...Read More »
36 of 64 | Posted by: Sam Anderson - Chester, SC

“Rest in peace Clay. ”
37 of 64 | Posted by: Michael Robbins - Magnolia, DE

“We are so sorry to hear about Clay. Our hearts go out to you and the girls. You will be in our prayers during this difficult time. Kevin and...Read More »
38 of 64 | Posted by: Sally Hedgpath-Crocker - Chester, SC

“I pray GOD will comfort you during this time and Romans 8:28 will help you during this difficult time. ”
39 of 64 | Posted by: Bill DeLoache - COLUMBIA, SC

“Bess and family, we are so saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please give our love to your family. I cannot...Read More »
40 of 64 | Posted by: Paul Dove - Winnsboro, SC

“I am saddened to hear of Clay's passing. I have dealt with him off and on throughout my 12 years w/John Crane and he was always very pleasant to talk...Read More »
41 of 64 | Posted by: Chris Lemm - GA

“I am so glad I had a chance to know Clay, he was a beautiful person. You know we Wallace cousins love our South Carolina cousins. Please know my...Read More »
42 of 64 | Posted by: Adine Roberts - Wallace, NC

“To Bess, Abigail, Victoria, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas, and the rest of the Thomas family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to know and...Read More »
43 of 64 | Posted by: Richard Warren - Columbia, SC

“I was shocked to learn of Clay's passing at such an early age. Clay and I enjoyed many a conversation in the steam room at the Y. To his entire...Read More »
44 of 64 | Posted by: James Robert McDowell - Columbia, SC

“To Bess, to Abigail and Victoria, to Mr.& Mrs. Thomas, and to all of Clay's family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I pray...Read More »
45 of 64 | Posted by: Ernst "Ernie" Kirch - VA

“Dear Bess, Abigail, Victoria, and all of Clay's family, I am so sorry. Clay was a fantastic husband, dad, neighbor, friend, and Clemson Man. We...Read More »
46 of 64 | Posted by: Wes Weathersbee - Greensboro, NC

“Clay will be missed very much.I had the pleasure of meeting Clay 4 years ago at the YMCA. I am very sorry for your families lose (it was way to...Read More »
47 of 64 | Posted by: Ira Trotter - Columbia, SC

“Dear Bess, Abigail, Victoria and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Let us know if you need any thing. Love Daniel & Irene Dickerson ”
48 of 64 | Posted by: Daniel & Irene Dickerson - Blair, SC

“To Bess and the Thomas family: I was blessed to know Clay as a Clemson classmate, a work colleague and as a friend. I will remember Clay for his...Read More »
49 of 64 | Posted by: Chris Pearce - CAstle Rock, CO

“Dear Bess and the rest of the Thomas family, I am so sorry for your loss. As you more than anyone know, Clay was one of the kindest, most honest...Read More »
50 of 64 | Posted by: John Heath - Cumming, GA

“Bess, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God will comfort you, the girls, and all of the...Read More »
51 of 64 | Posted by: Miriam Roberts Melton - Chester, SC

“Dear Clay & MaryEllen, Words can't express how deeply sorry we are to hear of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire...Read More »
52 of 64 | Posted by: Brian & Trish White - Apex, NC

“For Clay's family and friends - I'll never forget serving as a "Safety Marshall" with Clay on the school bus. Every day, we got to take turns...Read More »
53 of 64 | Posted by: Edie Emory - Firestone, CO

“Bess, girls, and the whole Thomas family, Clay was a wonderful person and you can be proud to call him your husband and father. It is difficult...Read More »
54 of 64 | Posted by: Harold Muse - Greensboro, NC

“Clay, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Clay. He was a good man , a good friend and I am happy to of had the privilege to of hunted...Read More »
55 of 64 | Posted by: Benny Garza - Linn, TX - Friend

“Bess, My prayers go out to you and your family. He was a great person and friend and he will be missed. God bless you and your fasmily. Tom...Read More »
56 of 64 | Posted by: Tom Miller - Charlotte, NC

“Bess: We are very sorry and are praying for all of you. Please keep the faith, even though you may be tested. May the spirit of healing and...Read More »
57 of 64 | Posted by: Rodney Lynn - Matthews, NC, NC

“Bess; I am shocked and so very sorry for your loss. You have the thoughts and prayers of your vacation neighbors on Hidden Ridge Road. Steve,...Read More »
58 of 64 | Posted by: Steve Williams - Deep Gap, NC

“So sorry to hear of Clay's passing. I remember him as a very nice person who always had a smile on his face, so full of life when we attended East...Read More »
59 of 64 | Posted by: Celeste Blackwell Dixon - NC

“Bess, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Clay always had a smile on his face and I know loved all his girls very much. Please know that I am...Read More »
60 of 64 | Posted by: Lisa Chapman - Columbia, SC

“Bess, I am so sorry for the loss of Clay. What a great Husband, Father and Friend.....May prayer is that God will give you and girls PEACE and...Read More »
61 of 64 | Posted by: Jackie I Gwin - Blackstock, SC

“My family and I are so sorry for your loss. ”
62 of 64 | Posted by: Philip Jones - Pleasant Garden, NC

“My thoughts and prayers are with every member of the Thomas family at this incredibly difficult time. I hope it is of some comfort to feel the love...Read More »
63 of 64 | Posted by: Betsy Dunbar Sawyer - Columbia, SC

“Bess, John and I are so very sorry for your loss. You and your girls are in our prayers. May God hold you close during this difficult time and wrap...Read More »
64 of 64 | Posted by: Kristie and John Strickland - SC


Clay Bryan Thomas
COLUMBIA - Memorial service for Clay Bryan Thomas, 47, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, followed by a greeting of friends in Jackson Hall. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will also receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.
Mr. Thomas died Sunday, June 24, 2012. Born in Charlotte, N.C., he was the son of Leslie Clay and Mary Ellen Robison Thomas. He graduated in 1983 from East Mecklenburg High School and was a 1987 graduate of Clemson University, where he received a BS degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of IPTAY and an alumnus of Kappa Sigma at Clemson. He was employed for 24 years with the S.C. Office of Tencarva Machinery, where he was branch manager. A member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, he enjoyed golf, quail hunting and Clemson football.
Surviving are his wife, Bess Roberts Thomas; children, Abigail and Victoria of the home; his parents of Charlotte; sisters, Leslie Currin and her husband, Ted of Stoneville, N.C.; Polly Crowder and her husband, Mark of Johnson City, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Daniel and Thomas Crowder, Joe and Mary Hannah Currin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or Hammond School, 854 Galway Lane, Columbia, SC 29209.