Born Jan. 12, 1945 in Coulterville, Mr. Thoms was a 1963 graduate of Coulterville High School.
He attended the Franklin Truck Driving School in Paducah.
Mr. Thoms was employed for over 28 years as a railroad clerk. He had worked for the GM&O (Gulf, Mobile and Ohio), the ICG (Illinois Central Gulf) and the P&L (Paducah and Louisville) railroad lines.
He was also a former union representative and local chairman for the Brotherhood of Railroad and Airline Clerks union.
Additionally, Mr. Thoms was employed for 15 years by Dippin’ Dots as a driver and vendor.
He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Paducah.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Marie Rabe Thoms; one son, Frederick Dean Thoms of Metropolis; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Canup of Metropolis; two granddaughters, Karyn Marie Canup and Chloe Elizabeth Canup; one sister, Linda Thoms of Coulterville; two brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andreas “Andy” Thoms and Annie Lawless Thoms; one brother, Andreas Fred Thoms; and one sister, Carolyn Thoms.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.