Thomas Deas, Sr. Obituary
March 17, 1916 - August 13, 2010
Resided in Florence, SC
Deacon Thomas Deas, Sr. was born March 17, 1916 in Florence County to John and Idella Burnette Deas. He departed this life on Friday, August 13, 2010.
Deacon Deas attended the Florence Public Schools. After farming several years, he was employed by Florence School District One for more than twenty years. He emerged as a leader and gained the respect of his fellow co-workers. He retired as a Custodial Supervisor. After retiring from the school system, he worked as a part time associate with Winn Dixie, Kroger and at Sealtest Housing complex. At each place of employment, he instantly became popular and well liked.
Deacon Deas was a dedicated and faithful member of the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Florence SC for nearly 50 years. After his wife was saved, she witnessed to him and he was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ on June 30, 1960, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost according to Act 2:4. He was very active in various church activities. His most fulfilling role was serving as Head Deacon for 30 years. He served as a Sunday School Teacher for many years. He was always prompt and on time for Sunday School and church events. He was a profound praise and worship leader whose songs resonated with everyone in the congregation. He supported the pastor in ministering to the sick and shut in and others as needed. His invaluable service to the church will always be remembered.
He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Mother Uneedia Echols Deas on October 1, 1939. They cherished 70 beautiful years together and was blessed with twelve children, nine boys and three girls.
Deacon Deas was a devoted husband and father who provided well for his household. He insisted on doing the grocery shopping and keeping up with his bills, until his health would not allow him to continue to do so. He was an honorable and well respected man throughout the community. Because of his dedication to Christ, he had a positive influence on anyone that came in contact with him. He was very wise and shared many words of wisdom to his children, grands, great grands and others. He taught them to do their best in everything. Most of all, he taught them to put God first.
Deacon Deas was preceded in death by his parents, John and Idella Burnette Deas; one son, Tommie Lee Deas; two brothers, James and Lawrence Deas; two sisters, Corine Deas and Florence Torrence; nine sisters-in-law and nine brothers-in-law.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted and loving wife, Uneedia Echols Deas of the home; his beloved children, Thomas, Jr. (Annie Mae) Deas, John A. (Earnestine) Deas, Edna D. (Elliott) Muldrow, Sammie (Mary) Deas, Jimmie (Ida) Deas and Herbert (Cynthia) Deas, all of Florence, SC; Dorothy D. (Robert) Mingo of Jacksonville, FL; Earnest (Janis) Deas of McDonough, GA; Juanita (Clabe) Smallwood of Windsor, NC; George (Sacara) Deas of Cincinnati, OH, and Marion (Wanda) Deas of Stone Mountain, GA; one whom he nourished as a son, Roscoe (Bessie Ann) Black of Florence, SC; 40 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; two brothers, Moses Deas of Harlem, NY and Norman Deas of Charlotte, NC; three sisters-in-law, Beatrice Clinton, Dorothy Bernice Phillips and Lucille Jordan, all of Florence, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, Church Family, others who thought of him as "Dad" and many friends.
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