Paul L. Thomas, age 91, went home to be with the Lord on Friday.  He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Funeral services are planned for 11:00 am on Monday (June 9, 2014) at Cameron Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. Whitney Wilkinson.  Burial will follow at church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm. and at other times at the home.

A native of Moore County he was the son of the late Melvin Curtis Thomas and Mary Belle Kelly Thomas.  He was a long time member, elder and deacon at Cameron Presbyterian Church and a US Navy veteran serving during World War II on the USS Henry A. Wiley.  Paul owned and operated Thomas ESSO and Farm Supply in Cameron from 1947-1974.  During his retirement he enjoyed flying his Bonanza in his free time, traveling and spending time in the NC mountains, taking extended canoeing trips. He was very proud to be a part of the Triangle Flight of Honor on October 7, 2010.   He served on the BB&T Board of Directors for 30 years. Paul was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother & friend.  His family ment more to him than anything and all those who loved him will miss him very much.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phoebe Measamer Thomas; a son, Mark Lewis Thomas; five brothers, Dan Thomas, John Thomas, Henry Thomas, J. W. “Toopie” Thomas and Bobby Thomas; two sisters, Dorothy Gaddy and Rebecca Carlyle.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Moore Graham Thomas; six children, Tommy Thomas & wife, Helen; Greg Thomas & wife, Kay; Michael Thomas & wife, Carol all of Cameron; Beth Suggs and husband, Dwight of Holden Beach; Lori Willis & husband, Keith of Greensboro; Scott Thomas & wife, Barbara of Greensboro; two step-daughters, Joan Whitt of Sanford and Susan Larkin & husband, Pete of Roanoke, VA;  two brothers, Max Thomas & wife, Sandra and Sandy Thomas & wife, Jane; three sisters, Margaret Sanders of Asheboro, Shirley Williams of Ocean Isle and Carol Scott of Sanford; 15 grandchildren; one step grandchild and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Cameron Presbyterian Church or Cemetery Fund at PO Box 68, Cameron, NC  28326 or Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC (Memo to BackPack Pals) 195 Sandy Ave, Southern Pines, NC  28387.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Thomas family.

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  1. Our condolences to the family and loved ones. Paul was a genuine fine gentleman. We have the highest regards for him and his wife and family. To our regret we will be out of town during the service and visitation period. You are in our thoughts and prayer

  2. We are sorry to hear about your loss. It’s never easy. Our prayers are with you and your family. His Life was a Blessing. His memory will be treasured. He was Loved beyond words. He will be Missed beyond measures. He is with his maker now… he is happy a

  3. Our sincere condolences to your family. We will be praying for you and have you all in our hearts. We are thinking of you and very thankful Paul was a part of your lives for so long. May God bless and keep you and give you much comfort.


  4. Aunt martha and family sorry about your loss our prayer and thought are with you all he will be missed very much may god blessed you all

    kathy and kirby buckner

  5. Dear Beth, Lori, Michael, Greg, Tommy, and Scott…The tribute video was absolutely beautiful and a wonderful remembrance to keep always for your family. David and I send our heartfelt sympathy to each one of you and hope that the pain of loss will soon b

  6. Dear Beth and Dwight: Tom and I send our sincere condolences on the loss of Beth’s Father. I know how close all of you are. After reading the obituary, I thought, what a lucky man to have had so much success in his life and have such a beautiful and lovin

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