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Mr. Carl Thomas
Mr. Carl Thomas
On Saturday, December 8, 2018, Carl Edward Thomas, devoted husband and father of three children passed away after a long battle with strokes and dementia. He was 77 years old.
Carl was born June 21, 1941 in Eudora, Arkansas to the parents of Robert Lee Thomas, Sr. and Evia Alice Thomas, Curtis Thomas, sister Cleotha Thomas, Jean Thomas and grandson, Carl Edward Thomas, III preceded him in death.
Carl resided in Eudora for approximately three years before his parents moved to Cornices Village in Albany, California in 1944. After high school, Carl spent three years in the US Armed Forces, 82nd Airborne, as a paratrooper in the Army, some of his tasks including jumping out of aircrafts and securing the parameters he was assigned.
On June 1, 1963, Carl married the love of his life, Emma Thomas (nee Nelson). They were married 55 years. Carl and Emma started their lives together in Los Angeles, CA. They welcome their first child, a daughter, Tammy in 1964. In an effort to bee closer to his family, they moved to Oakland, CA in 1968. Together they built a happy life with both of the securing positions with the local government. In 1972, they welcomed a big surprise, their twins, Carl Jr. and Akeeba. For the next 20 years the family lived in East Oakland off Seminary and Bancroft.
Carl spent many years working for Alameda County roads department. Prior to retirement, he worked as a Dietitian for the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA. He worked there until his retirement in 2000. He received many awards and accolades from managers and team members.
Carl had a love for fishing. He and his wife Emma spent many days on the fishing banks reeling in crappies and catfish. You’d always here him listening to Reggae or Country and Western music while puffing on a cigar. Carl was known as a history and politics enthusiast. He was a quick debater and welcomed having robust conversations with friends, family or his children.
His older grandchildren, Erin and LaKiah fondly remember hearing grandpa whistling each day he arrived home after a hard day’s of work. In his final days, Carl was very fond of responding too many with the witty saying of “yeah right” or “BS”.
Carl is survived by his wife of 55 years, Emma Thomas of Sacramento, CA. His children, Tammy Carey, Sacramento, CA., Carl E. Thomas, Jr., Sacramento, CA., Akeeba Thomas-Desbordes, Sacramento, CA.; Grandchildren, Erin Carey, Sacramento, CA., LaKiah Cosby, Sacramento, CA., Amarii Desbordes, Sacramento, CA.; Great-Grandchildren Ta’Niah Daniels, Sacramento, CA., Raejon Sharpe, Sacramento, CA., Raylin Sharpe, Sacramento, CA.; Brother, Robert L. Thomas, Jr. and wife Ethel Thomas of Sacramento, CA., Sister, Terry Ann Thomas of Salinas, CA., and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.