Dr. R. P. Thomas
Dr. R. P. Thomas was born in Glencoe, Ky., February 7, 1852 and died February 23, 1932. being at the time of his death 80 years, two weeks, and two days of age. He was educated i the school here in Glencoe and later entered the University of Louisville where he received his diploma as an M.D.
He entered the medical field in 1873 and up to the past year has been very faithful to his profession, always ready and willing to answer all calls. In the year of 1878 Dr. Thomas was married to is Aggie Collins, of Williamstown. who proceeded him to the grave many years ago. Later in life he met and married Miss Maude Price, of Covington, Ky., on October 12th, 1898. He and his young bride came to Glencoe, his town of boyhood days. To this union was born one son, Robert, who survives him. At an early age Dr. Thomas joined the Christian church of Williamstown, and when he came back here brought his letter to the Glencoe Christian church and was a member at the time of his death. He was a faithful and sincere worker for and in the church, loved to attend whenever he could.
In the year of 1886 he became a member of a Masonic order and climbed step by step until he became a 32nd degree Mason - or we will say Shriner - at his death he was a member of the Indra Consistory-Scottish Rite of Covington, Ky. He was also an honorary member of the orders of I.O.O.F. and Junior order, also the Eastern Star Lodge of Glencoe, and had always been faithful to the obligations of all lodges to which he was a member. He was dearly beloved by all with whom he associated. The Shrine to which he belonged paid their last respects to their deceased brother with very fitting ceremony at the Glencoe Christian church.
The funeral services were held at the Glencoe Christian church on Thursday, February 25th, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. I. E. Stephenson officiating, assisted by Bro. Hite, of Sanders, Ky., Rev. Chambers, of Sparta, and Rev. Lee, formerly of Poplar Grove. Mrs. Baker, Mr. Beatty, Mr. Carver and Mr. Grubbs rendered a beautiful tribute to our deceased friend by singing "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "When Our Work is Ended" for we feel that he has journeyed on to the beautiful somewhere. and that he has done his work well while here.
Many beautiful floral pieces were in evidence as a token of love from his many friends, relatives, and the lodges of which he was a member. Every lodge to which he belonged was represented by as many members as could possibly attend to pay their last respects to him who had departed life.
At the close of the services at the church, Claude Carlton and Son Undertakers of Warsaw, assisted by Mr. Hamilton of Verona, took charge of the funeral, which journeyed on to the beautiful Highland cemetery, the final resting place of the dearly beloved Doctor.
The Masonic Lodge of Glencoe of which Doctor Thomas was a Past Master, paid their last respects to their deceased brother in a most fitting and praise worthy manner. After these services we bade our old friend farewell.
He leaves to miss him and mourn his passing his beloved wife Maude Thomas, his son Robert and wife, three brothers, Ed. Thomas of Owenton, Ky., Will Thomas of Louisville, Louis Thomas of Covington and two sisters, Mrs. Luther Wilson, of Indianapolis and Mrs. Norton Grubbs, of Zanesville, Ohio, besides nieces and nephews. and a host of near and dear friends. The pall-bearers were Sam Jones, Willis Snyder, Luther Ellis, Elza Kemper, George Carlton, Ed Wilson, all dear friends of his.
I would write so much more of Dr. Thomas and not be through, but when I say he was always a devoted and loving companion, husband, and father to his family - a tried and found true servant of the Lord, and one who will be sadly missed by all who ever knew him. What more could be said of one who has been so faithful?