The Chariton Patriot of 5 February 2002 contained the
obituary of Gerald H. "Jack" Thomas. Jack was the only
surviving child of of Reece and Hazel (Hatfield-Whiteside) Thomas
and grew up on, then occupied in his own right, the old Thomas
farm, just across the section east of Salem.
His mother, Hazel, was the biological daughter of Calvin Ellis
and Tessie Ann (Parsons) Hatfield, both of whom are buried
at Salem. Hazel was adopted after the death of Tessie by
Harvey W. and Irene Lorella (Redlingshafer) Whiteside.
Many members of his adoptive Redlingshafer family are buried
at Salem, as are his biological great-great-grandparents,
Jacob and Harriet (Dick) Myers (Tessie Parsons Hatfield
was a daughter of James and Catherine (Myers) Parsons
and a granddaughter of Jacob and Harriet). Hazel, Reece
and now Jack are buried in the Chariton Cemetery.
"Gerald H. "Jack" Thomas, 81, of 309 N. 13th St. in Chariton,
Iowa, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at Lucas County Health
Center of a respiratory ailment.
"Mr. Thomas grew up in Lucas County where he lived most
of his life. He made a career of construction and farming. He
enjoyed playing with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed
gardening, fishing and travel.
"He is survived by his wife, Opal; one daughter, Judy Thomas
of Adel; two sons, Jerry of Chariton and Jim of Adel; and one
stepdaughter, Janice Norman of Ankeny. He is also survived
by eight grandchildren, Michelle Parks, Amy Noel, Sarah
Mackey, Brad Thomas, Jeff Thomas, John Thomas, Joey
Thomas and Mario Thomas; and seven great-grandchildren.
"He was preceded in death by his (first) wife, Maxine Thomas.
"Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30,
2002, at the Fielding Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Olson
officiating. Interment was in the Chariton Cemetery. Serving
as bearers were Brad Thomas, Jeff Thomas, John Thomas,
Joey Thomas, Ryan Noel, Ben Mackey and Mario Thomas.
Memorials may be made to the Lucas County Health Center."