Roy L. Thomas

Roy L. Thomas, 79, of Darwin Ave., Glens Falls, New York, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Glens Falls Hospital. 

Born July 26, 1938 in Forest, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Deroy and Julia (Hardy) Thomas.

Following graduation, Class of 1957, from E.T. Hawkins High School, Forest, Mississippi, Roy furthered his education at Rhodes College Prep. School in New York City, also attending a number of continuing education and job related seminars, Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, Roanoke Schools of Syracuse, State University of N.Y. at Buffalo, University of Maryland Business Extension Business School while in the United States Air Force. Roy also completed a speed-reading course, and lead hazard visual assessment course.

In May of 1958, Roy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving his country as a cryptographic operator with a top-secret crypto security clearance, being honorably discharged May of 1962.

Roy was a member and trustee of Glens Falls Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church, member Senate Lodge No. 456 Free and accepted Masons, the Masonic Order of Queensbury Lodge No. 121, Warrensburg Chapter, 325 Royal Arch Masons, Member of the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Schenectady, and a 32 Degree Mason; NAACP branch president, Regional Director, and Local and State Officer; a member of the Queensbury American Legion Post No. 1797. Roy served on many committees over the years some of which are NYS and Warren County Republican Committees, Warren Co. Action Committee, New York State Manpower Planning Board, Economic Development Authority for Northeastern N.Y., Regional Housing Planning Board for Northeastern N.Y., Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program for the Warren County Sewer District #1, Warren County Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, Warren County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, President of the Glens Falls Opportunity Housing Program, which purchased and rehabilitated four homes with volunteer help and sold to low income families; was a member of the Glens Falls Citizen Advisory Council, a consultant for Minority-Women Business Enterprise under NYSDEC for the building of the new Glens Falls sewer plant; secretary and charter member of the LDC, Local Development Corporation. As community Development Director, Roy participated in many functions of the city which included, housing, loans, recreation, water, sewer, sidewalks, statues, historic buildings, land purchases and sales, housing purchases, sales, demolition, rehabilitation, businesses, finances, audits, Community Action Agency, senior citizens, children, Y.M.C.A., blighted business buildings, handicapped, economic development, beautification, health and safety, and other agencies effecting low-moderate income families.

In December of 1984, Roy was one of 17 non-union workers who were dismissed from the Ciba-Giegy Corp. after 22 years of dedicated service working his way to foreman. Later that year, Roy was hired as Community Development Director for the City of Glens Falls, being replaced in 1986 due to the elections and rehired in 1992 and retiring after a few more years from the City of Glens Falls. Roy was also owner of Demitrius Enterprises for many years.

Roy retired from Hercules Inc., Ciba-Giegy inc., and the city of Glens Falls. 

Roy was predeceased by his parents, Deroy and Julia Mae (Hardy) Thomas, and a sister, Mary Doris Thomas.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Altemese (Woods) Thomas of Glens Falls; three children, Rev. Sandra Riley of Chicago, Michael Thomas of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Mark Thomas and his wife, Ines, of Glens Falls; eight grandchildren, Demitrius, Jemese, Alexander, Peyton, Jordan, Lysia, Morgan and Avianna; three great-grandchildren, Jayden, Logan and Sidney; siblings, Bernice Hayes (Theopolis), Gladys Harris, Emma Merle Reed, Johnny Thomas, Albert Thomas, Henry Thomas (Patsy), Gina Turner, Deroy Jr. Thomas, Carolyn Thomas, Delores Nelson, and aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. 

Calling hours were Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804. Queensbury Masons and United States Air Force Active Duty Honor Guard were to perform brief ceremonies during calling hours.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Glens Falls, Maple St., with the Rev. Leonard Oates officiating.

Interment will take place in the spring at Bay Street Cemetery.

Condolences and floral arrangements may be sent directly to Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804, or through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.