He was born in Knoxville, a son of the late John and Eva Thomas.
He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, having faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cleveland.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis Pittman; one niece, Melody Parker; and one nephew, Robbie Croley.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 19 years, Wilma Jean Thomas; two sisters: Patricia Croley and husband, Robert, of Knoxville and Peggy Parker (Jim Waggoner) of Cleveland; his three four-legged companions: Buffy Mae, Mitzi Jean and Cindy Lou; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of special friends.
The family is planning a private memorial service at a later date.
The family ask that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416, in Paul’s memory.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Paul and/or your personal condolences by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Thomas family with these arrangements.