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Joel Austin Thomas

Joel Austin Thomas, 73, went home to be with his Lord on Sept. 15, 2020. He was born Sept. 2, 1947 in Scottsville, Kentucky to parents, Howard Thomas and Adele Austin Thomas. For a number of years, Joel was an EMT in Crockett. He attended Lake Baptist Church and was a devoted Christian. Joel served in the U.S. Marine Corp. in the First Recon Battalion. He received a Purple Heart, an Air medal, and a Bronze Star among others. He also served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Joel is survived by wife, Frances Bitner Thomas of Grapeland; stepchildren, Nova Lea Hodges of Spring, Scott Houghton and wife, Angela of Spring; sister, June Morris of Georgia; brothers, Larry Thomas of Tennessee, Michael of Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Samantha, Kristen and Sarah; numerous other loving relatives and friends, especially his caregiver and friend, Sue Murray.

A memorial service for Joel Austin Thomas will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Charlie Jordan officiating.

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  1. Thinking about you Frances and sending love. Will talk to you after things calm down for you. It’s a very difficult time. Hope the family is holding you close right now. Love you.

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