Fred McAdory Thomason was welcomed into the Kingdom of God on December 24, 2018. He was a current resident of Ozark, Alabama and former resident of Houston, TX; Jakarta, Indonesia; Cairo, Egypt and Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Fred was born June 27, 1935 to Agnes and Doug Thomason and spent his childhood in Ozark, where he graduated from Dale County High School in 1954. He enjoyed playing football where he earned the award of most valuable player and also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He learned his business acumen at age eleven when he owned his own paper route delivering the Dothan Eagle to 350 customers throughout his high school years. Fred graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn University with a degree in Industrial Management and went on to work for DuPont, Ingram, and McDermott as operations manager over during his professional career. He ended his career by consulting off shore in East Africa. His love and devotion to Auburn University came from generations before him and continued until his death.
Fred served as a deacon in the Ozark Presbyterian Church when he returned to Ozark in 2014 as well as an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Rio de Janerio during his stay there. The church has always been a priority in his life.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Rebecca Joyce Thomason. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanine Thomason Heilman of Boca Raton, Florida and one granddaughter, Meagan Elizabeth Heilman of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; two sisters, Agnes Thomason Bartlett of Cockeysville, MD and her children, Dr. Bart Bartlett and his wife Marsha and their children, Kiva and Addison and Dr. Thomasine Bartlett and her daughter Minka ;and Emily Thomason Freeman of Baton Rouge, LA and her husband Dr. Ernest Freeman and their children, Ashley Freeman Gilbreath and her husband Barrett and children, Cates, Rett, and Liza; Brian Thomason Freeman and his wife Katie and son Thomason, and Dr. Katie Freeman Baird and husband Robert Baird and their children, William, Mary Turner and Pearson. He is also survived by his sister in law, Margaret Worley of Charlotte, NC her children, Pam Sargent and her son Brandon Sargent and his wife Lauren and two children Luke and Ethan ; Dana Vines and her husband Michael and three children, Emily, Jonathan, and Katherine
Fred will be remembered as a generous hospitable child of God who cherished his church and the company of family and friends. He was witty and intelligent and a great son, father, brother and grandfather. Above all Fred was eternally grateful to God for the many blessings of his life. Memorials may be sent to Ozark Presbyterian Church, 187 East Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, December 29, 2018 in the Ozark Presbyterian Church with Pastor Frank Ellis and Reverend John D. Reese, III officiating. Burial will follow in Westview Memorial Cemetery. Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:30 A.M. Saturday at the church.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to his in-home caregiver Katie Faulk.
Was blessed to have worked for Fred in Venezuela and Brazil. Fred was a great boss but an even better man. He treated me and my family like we were his family. I’ll always remember Fred and Becky with love.
Mike SchramMelbourne Beach, FL
Dear family so very sorry for the loss of Mr Fred your father grandfather and sister . My plans were to atten the service but ended up in the ER with the flu the day of his service . Please know you were and are in my thoughts and prayers with love . Betty Gilland classmate of Emily’s and neighbor
Betty Warr GillandOzark, AL
It was a true pleasure to know Mr. Fred. Though the time I shared with him was brief, his faith was so evident. I know that he knew his precious Becky was in heaven, he shared with me an experience he had with the Lord after her passing. He is the only patient I ever had that said “ I will pray for you too”, after I shared with him that I would be in prayer for him. I know that he is now with Mrs. Becky now and they are at peace.
So sorry for your loss.
LeeAnne MaundOzark, AL
I worked with Fred for a long long time in Brazil and Venezuela. We became close friends and never lost contact even after his return to the USA. I learned a lot from Fred personally and professionally. Being his friend made me a better person. Fred was a gift given to me by God. I will miss him a lot. RIP my dear friend. Klicia Salgado
Klicia SalgadoRio de Janeiro, Brazil, AL
I'm so very sorry for your loss. There are no words for the loss of a parent. Sending you prayers peace and love.
Tom was one amazing father and husband.
May you find some comfort in this difficult time, knowing he is now together again with Becky.
Peace Love and Blessings. xoxo
Mr. Thomason was a very good man. I worked for him in Brazil in 1976 the first time, many other places after that.
Every one that knew him, loved him.
James NelsonCarriere, MS
Sympathy and prayers.
Jean Pitman LisenbyOzark, AL
Fred and I go back to my first job in Martinsville, VA with Dupont. We shared a house in Martinsville where Fred met and married Becky. I also met and married my wife Carol. There. must have been something magic about the place.
We have stayed in contact over the years, and crossed paths many times in our work carreers, and I still consider Fred as one of my BFF.
Fred StokesChapin, SC
Fred was a good friend and colleague. He will be missed.
Craig HendersonGonzales, LA
Fred was always willing to share his industry experiences, so that lessons could be applied to current issues. Even when the lessons were not applicable, the stories were always fun. Prayers are offered for you and for comfort to the family. RIP my friend.
Bob GilmoreKATY, TX
So sorry about Fred's passing, but I know from recent conversations with him that he is with God in heaven. He was a true believer, and expressed no fear about dying. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Estus and Pat WalkerOzark, AL
Fred was a long-time friend, and in the 1960s, a co-worker at Dupont plants in Virginia. Later, my wife Barbara and I would live in New Orleans where Fred and Becky visited. Our memories of them both are cherished. GOD BLESS.
Jim DickinsonWilmington, DE
James DickinsonMarshallton, DE