Rev. John Oscar Thomas, 60, Tifton

Rev. John Oscar Thomas, 60, of Tifton, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, at his home surrounded by family and friends.

His funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at First Assembly of God with Rev. Glen Starling officiating and Gloria Cummings giving the prayer.  Burial will follow at Tift Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the church (First Assembly of God) on Tuesday evening 5 to 8 p.m.

Gilbert Hill, Danny Tyson, Mark Hupp, John Tanner, Michael Black and Jack Hullett will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Juanita Perry and Donna Horn.

Rev. Thomas was born on June 29, 1958, as the son of Rev. Wesley L. Thomas, Sr. and Sara Anderson Thomas both whom preceded him in death.

Rev. Thomas graduated in 1976 from Pepperell High School in Lindale, Georgia.  He received his bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he met his wife “Cyndi.” Later he pastored First United Methodist Church of Guntersville, Alabama from 1981-1984, Truelove and Alfordsville United Methodist Church in Loogootee, Indiana, from 1984-1987, then from 1987–1996 he pioneered Victory Temple Assembly of God in Jasper, Indiana, First Assembly of God in Boonville, Indiana, from 1996-1998, First Assembly of God in Peru, Indiana, from 1998-2011. He had lived in Tifton since 2011 where he had been the pastor of First Assembly of God.  He was first and foremost a man of God.  He loved gardening, watching the UGA Bulldogs, cooking, baking, puppeteering, and especially singing with his family

Most of all he loved his wife, children and extended family.  He was always willing to open his home to those in need.  He provided a home for over seventy people through the years. 

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cynthia Endsley Thomas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and James Ellis of Tifton and Rebekah and Jon Geary of Naples, Florida; two sons, John David Thomas of Tifton and Matthew Thomas of Tifton; eight grandchildren, Skylar Ellis, Jalynne Ellis, Kenya Ellis, Daviyan Ellis, Waylin Ellis, Whitley Ellis, Wesley Ellis, Selah Geary, and another grandchild on the way, Braelynne Ellis; two sisters and brothers-in-law; Dialphia and Randall Lanier of Elko, Georgia, and Mary and Andy Lee of Rockmart, Georgia; and one brother; Wesley Thomas, Jr. of Dahlonega, Georgia.

Flowers will be accepted or you may make donations to First Assembly of God, 1800 N. Central Ave., Tifton, GA. 31794 or Outside the Box Ministries, 1800 N.  Central Ave., Tifton, Ga. 31794 or online at

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