James Michael (Mike) Thomas


James Michael (Mike) Thomas, 70, of Cleveland, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born in Anniston, Ala., on Sept. 17, 1950, but lived the last 34 years in Cleveland where he and his wife were the owners of Thomas & Thomas Trucking, LLC.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward and Dorothy Faye Thomas, of Anniston, Ala.; and grandparents, James William and Effie Mae Thomas of Anniston, Ala., and Oscar Bert and Eva Lee Wellborn of Dalton, Ga.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Kimberlee Ann Thomas; daughter, Michalle Renee Leatherwood of Anniston, Ala.; stepmother, Dolly Thomas of Anniston, Ala; and stepsister, Lisa Elkins (Donnie) of Orange Park, Fla; along with numerous other much-loved relatives, friends and trucking buddies.

He was a compassionate and selfless man until the end, donating his body to the advancement of healthcare and medical research to the Genesis Legacy Whole Body Foundation. Per his request, no funeral services will be held. Instead, he requested donations be made in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Organization at or the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans at

A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held at a future date.


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