Robert Edmond "Top Cat" Thomas, age 85, of Madisonville, entered into his eternal rest at 8:45 p.m. Sunday December 6, 2020 at his home. Born September 26, 1935 in Madisonville, he was the son of the late Baxter Thomas and Ethel Bonner. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was a faithful and longtime member of Flower Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Madisonville where he served as a trustee. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran and sergeant; recipient of; the honorable Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Badge for expert pistol and rifle, and a member of the American Legion. He had worked for the City of Madisonville Water Department and Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, and attended Rosenwald High School. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and loved cooking. He also was preceded in death by his wife Lillie Pearl Kirkwood Thomas and daughters Cynthia Jackson and Donna Thomas. He leaves behind to cherish his loving memories a son Roderick (Cookie) Thomas of Madisonville; four daughters Phyllis Jackson and Portia Murphey both of Madisonville, Michelle Thomas of Chattanooga,Tennessee, and Ethel Thomas of Bowling Green; a brother Dwight Bonner of Georgia; 21 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends. His life will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Monday December 14, 2020 at Elliott Mortuary Chapel. The Reverend Michael L. Quarles will officiate. Burial will be in Westside Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville. Military honors will be performed graveside by the 101st Airborne Division of Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Hopkins County Honor Guard. Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, facial coverings will be required. Elliott Mortuary in Madisonville is in charge of his arrangements and where you can go to share condolences at www.elliottmortuarycares.com.
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