Brown-Robinson Funeral Home Obituaries

Richard James Thomas

January 21, 1953 - February 8, 2021

Richard James Thomas, 68, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on February 8, 2021 from a short illness. He was born January 21, 1953 to Billy Banks and Lou Frances Thomas in Boyle, Mississippi and was raised in Lorain, Ohio where he attended Lorain City Schools.

He enjoyed fishing, dancing, landscaping, riding his bike and being with family.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Shirley Thomas; six sons, Richard J. Thomas Jr of Grafton, Demetrius J. Thomas of Indiana, Abraham J. Thomas of Lorain, Antoine Thomas of Cleveland, Marque Thomas and Maurice Thomas, both of Lorain; two daughters, LaKishia Thomas of Louisville, Kentucky and Shanelle Thomas of Lorain; two step-daughters, Marla Charlton and Ciera Charlton, both of Lorain; six sisters, Shirley (Harry Jennings) Glover, Kimberly Denise Pruitt, Berdell Franklin, April Franklin, all of Lorain, Ava Morgan of Cleveland and Yolanda (Larry) Dockery of Fredericksburg, Virginia; four brothers, Allen Wayne Pruitt, Demetrius Pruitt, Roderick (Annette) Franklin and Daraise Franklin, all of Lorain; step-brothers and sisters, Ivan Clark, William Milton Clark, Mary Stewart, Kimberly (Michael) Cosom, and Donna (Elvin) Hughes; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Lou Frances (nee Thomas) Clark; grandparents, James Thomas and Princella (nee Bradly) Murray; two sisters, Cynthia and Lovetta Pruitt; a step-brother, Stanford Clark; a grandson, Ke’shaun Charles Thomas and step-son, Brandon Charlton.

Public walk-through viewing will be Friday February 19, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until time of private family services at 12:00 p.m. at Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave, Lorain.

Social distancing, COVD-19 safe practices and wearing a mask are required.



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