On July 30, 2020, Dr. Francis A Thomas departed this life peacefully in his sleep at home in Laurel, MD. Francis Augustus Thomas was born on February 11, 1941 to Ada E. Thomas (Robinson). He was the oldest of 4 children. He was raised with his siblings and cousins in Charles County Maryland.
Francis was educated in the Charles County Public School system. He received his high school diploma in 1959 from Pomonkey High School in Pomonkey, MD. Education was important to Francis, so he left the family farm and went to Maryland State College in Princess Anne, MD to continue his education, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1963.
After college, Francis enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served 4 years. Upon returning home, Francis married and had two children, Monica Diana and Richard Eric. Francis had a passion for those in need and decided to go into counseling. He received his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of MD College Park in 1971. He then went on to obtain his PhD in Forensic Medicine from the Union Institute in 1988.
Francis married Laura V. Thomas on August 1, 1997 in Laurel, Maryland. They enjoyed 23 wonderful years together. They traveled all over the world and enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Dr. Thomas worked for the State of Maryland as a Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Counselor. He then went on to open his own business, Thomas Comprehensive Counseling Service. He provided counseling and rehabilitation services within the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area for over 27 years.
He received numerous awards and citations for his dedication to those he served. After selling the company, he continued to provide consultant services as needed.
After officially retiring, Francis loved to share his life stories with anyone who would listen. He was a good listener and an avid storyteller. He provided lots of valuable advice to those who would listen. He spent many days and hours with his children and grandchildren. He had a wealth of knowledge and was always generous with his time.
Dr. Francis A Thomas will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his mother Ada; his siblings/cousins George Thomas, Henry Jones, Jr, Clara Dorsey, and Gladys Mason.
He leaves to mourn his wife Laura V., his children Monica (Terence), Richard (Janet), Jason (Kristen), and Jessica (Adam); His siblings Carolyn Thomas, and Joseph Thomas. His siblings/cousins: James Jones (Elaine), Emma Davis, Margaret White (George) and Delores Downs (Ernest); 8 grandsons and 3 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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