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Billy Payne Thomas

Services for Billy Payne Thomas, of Bogue Chitto, are 2 p.m.Saturday, July 16 at Riverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel withburial in Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5-6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Thomas, 74, died July 14, 2005, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center. He was born in Chestnut, La., on Jan. 5,1931, to Charlie Thomas and Addie Hughes Thomas.

He was retired. He served in the Air Force during the KoreanWar. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans ofForeign Wars and the Moose Lodge. He loved to fish and work in hisgarden.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters; twobrothers; and a son, Rickey Thomas.

Survivors are his wife, Norma Vallery Thomas, of Bogue Chitto;his daughter, Rebecca Louise Lodes, of Picayune; his sons, BillyThomas and Mark Wayne Thomas, both of Brookhaven; his sister,Charlcy Thomas, of Bossier City, La.; seven grandchildren; andthree great-grandchildren.