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OBIT: Mr. Johnny Thomas, Age 43, Of The Dean Hill Community

Mr. Johnny Thomas, age 43, of the Dean Hill Community died instantly at the scene of a single automobile accident in the 200 block of Gladdice Road early Tuesday morning September 26, 2017 after apparently falling asleep while returning home from work. The accident was reported to Smith County E-911 at 2:38 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the Riverview Regional Medical Center E. R. in Carthage at 4:35 a.m.

Funeral services were conducted from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon October 1st at 1 p.m. with Bro. Bryan Bratcher & Bro. Steve Waller officiating. Burial followed in the Miller Williams Cemetery in the Dean Hill Community.

One of three children, he was born Johnny Lee Thomas at the former Baptist Hospital in Nashville on November 1, 1973 and was the son of Elmer Ray Thomas and Geraldine Miller Thomas of the Dean Hill Community and former longtime residents of Mt. Juliet before Mr. Ray retired from the Ford Glass Plant and purchased the Dean Hill farm.

Mr. Thomas was a 1991 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School where he was an outstanding linebacker for the Mt. Juliet Golden Bears football team and played as number 24.

He was employed by Performance Food Service in Lebanon as a delivery truck driver.

Mr. Thomas was baptized at the Old Hickory Baptist Church in Old Hickory.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two daughters, Winter Thomas of Chicago, Illinois, Hailey Thomas of the Dean Hill Community; sister, Gerrie Thomas Hackett and wife Kayla of Oak Grove, Kentucky; brother, Donald Ray Thomas and wife Sharyl of the Dean Hill Community; granddaughter, Nevaeh Marie Gaddis.