Franklin James Thomas | August 02, 1943 – September 09, 2020 | OBITUARY

Franklin James Thomas
August 02, 1943 – September 09, 2020




U.S. Veteran

Franklin James Thomas, 77, of Lake Wales, Florida passed away Thursday, September 9, 2020 at his residence in Lake Wales, Florida.

He was born August 2, 1943, in Middleburg, Florida to the late Lafayette “Fid” and Ellen (Matschat) Thomas. He has been a resident of this area since the late 1970’s moving here from Eagle Lake, Florida. He was a production manager for a canvas manufacturer. He was an Army Veteran in Vietnam and was on The Grand Ol’ Opry circuit as the front man for the band Arkansas Travelers. He played with gospel groups and was a very talented songwriter. He is an inductee in The 2013 Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the greatest honor the state can bestow on a citizen.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Thomas; sister, Blanche Revels and brother, Lafayette Thomas, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Irene “Lisa” Thomas; sons, Michael Oshaane Thomas of Lakeland, FL and Kyle Bailey and his wife Raquel of Lake Wales, Florida; sister, Vivian Thomas of Middleburg, FL and 2 grandchildren, Kaden and Levi.

There are no services planned at this time.