Charles Anderson (Andy) Thomas
May 09, 1954 - April 02, 2018
Born in Person County, NC
Resided in Person County, NC
Wednesday April 04, 2018, 4-6PM
Brooks & White
907 Durham Rd
Roxboro, NC 27573
Charles Anderson (Andy) Thomas, Sr., 63, passed away April 2, 2018 in Raleigh, NC. Family and friends will be receiving at Brooks & White Funeral Home in Roxboro, NC this Wednesday April 4, from 4-6pm following a celebration of his life that evening in Raleigh.
A native of Roxboro, Andy graduated from Person Senior High School (72) where his lifelong dedication to Rocket athletics programs began, and Appalachian State University (78) where his many feats included leading the Mountaineers football team to many a victory, scaling Howards Knob in topsiders, and, most importantly, meeting his beautiful bride over a game of pinball. Andy was a microbiologist and Quality Control Specialist for Miller Brewing Company for many years at facilities in Moultrie, Ga., Cincinnati, Ohio and Eden, N.C. He will live on forever in the hearts of his loving wife of 38 years, Carole Monk Thomas, his children Sara and Emmett Perdue, Charles Anderson (Chip) Thomas, Jr. and Katie Thomas, Anne Elizabeth and Alex Lassiter, Laura Thomas and Lee McCollum, all of Raleigh, as well as his four (soon-to-be five) grandchildren, Zeb and Ford Perdue, Genevieve Thomas and George Lassiter who, together, were the light of his life. He was the son of the late Marjory James Monk Thomas and Gene Winstead Thomas Sr., both of Roxboro, and is survived by his sister Jaime Thomas Combs of Raleigh and brother Gene Winstead Thomas, Jr. of Wilson, NC.
His family and friends, who knew him affectionately as Pops or occasionally Popsicle Pete, Andy Panda, or Anj will remember him for his unparalleled fishing prowess, his corny jokes, crazy antics, master tinkering skills, Phil Mickelson-style golf swing, but most importantly his kind heart, total selflessness and unrivaled ability to include those around him in the joy he brought to the world.
He loved exploring the bright lights of Atlantic City and Las Vegas in particular but his absolute favorite place to be was on the Bogue Inlet Pier late at night with his family star-gazing, pondering the universe, and watching his son diligently clean the questionably legal-sized fish he caught. His adventurous spirit was created at a young age on the wild streets of Westover Drive where he spent many a late night sledding and an early morning shooting off bottle rockets under the windows of friends and family, alerting them that another beautiful day had begun.
The legacy he leaves with us is one of living life selflessly, loving family unconditionally above all else, and very large shoes to fill (both literally and figuratively).
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Andy Thomas Memorial Scholarship please make checks payable to the Rocket Club and send to 908 Currituck Drive, Raleigh N.C., 27609 or enjoy his favorite drink, The George Monk, in his honor (recipe: orange juice and bourbon over ice with a side of shrimp cocktail).