Willard Ray Thomas
Saturday 10th of May 1924 - Sunday 18th of September 2022
Willard Ray Thomas of Lexington, KY, formerly of Middlesboro, KY, passed away on September 18, 2022, in Lexington, KY. Ray was born on May 10, 1924, in Pruden, TN to Alonzo and Mary Jane (Haun) Thomas. Ray was a WWII veteran in the European Theater and a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. His first mission was to be part of Operation Market Garden, continuing with The Battle of the Bulge, and finally into Germany until the German's surrender. He was on a transport ship heading for the Pacific when the Japanese surrendered where they turned around and landed in NYC. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and The Kroger Company. After retirement, he put in another 18 years as security at The Keeneland Race Course. Throughout his entire life he was a devoted Christian (a.k.a Jesus Freak) who would ask anyone he met "How is your relationship with Jesus?" He always had a kind smile and a happy attitude. He never met a stranger.
Ray is survived by his five children: Sarah Jane Migliaccio, Dana Lynn Martin, William Ray Thomas, Everett Dale Thomas, and Lori Elizabeth Thomas; his six grandchildren: Suzanne S. Taylor, Brandon Allen Bennett, Johnathan Corey Boots, Rosa Maria Hernandez, Christopher Ray Thomas, and Shania Rae Thomas, ; six great-grandchildren: Schyler Nalley-Bartlett, Kyle Boes, Tristan Aaron Bennett, Jasmine Colleen Boots, Zayden Michael Boots, Amelia Mae Crumley.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by four brothers: William E. Thomas, Herman S. Thomas, Fred K. Thomas, and H. Lowell Thomas; wife Connie Sue (Mann) Thomas; grandchild: Richard Scott Bartlett and great-grandchild, Landon Nathaniel Bennett: son-in-law Robert W Migliaccio and daughter-in-law Dallas Jane (Moses) Thomas.
Visitation will be 5pm to 7pm Wednesday, September 28 at Milward Funeral Home, 391 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY
He will have a military burial at 10am on Friday, September 30 at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, 4915 Harrodsburg Rd, Lexington.
Please arrive at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens before 10am at their office parking lot.
This is located at the second entrance heading out of town on the right
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your great loss. I knew Ray from church. He was such a joy. What a sweet, warm, kind man. He always had an easy welcoming smile and hug for me every time I saw him. He will truly be missed.
Dana, sending love and hugs to your entire family. Your dad was one on million and will be missed by all who knew him.