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Philip “Phil” Von Thomas, 85, Holt, Missouri passed away December 15, 2020 at home. A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, December 18, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery, Kearney, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hope Homes of the Ozarks at https://hopehomesoftheozarks.generush.org/ or by check to Freedom City Church, 1477 N Broadway, Springfield MO 65802, made out to Hope Homes of the Ozarks.
Phil was born January 8, 1935 in El Dorado, Kansas to Leon and Evelyn (Brown) Thomas. He was a building contractor . Phil loved to play many instruments including; guitar, tenor sax, ukulele, piano, organ, harmonica, banjo and mandolin. He also enjoyed painting with water colors, writing and reading. He will be remembered for his love of his kids and grandkids. Phil had many friends and loved to visit and spend time with them.
Preceded in death by: wife, Barbara Thomas and son, Stan Thomas. Survivors include; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bud Colburn, Alexandria, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law, Philip Jr and Cindy Thomas, Ridgedale ,Missouri; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie & Kevin Rothwell, Holt, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Diane Thomas; eighteen grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Diane Thomas, Topeka, KS, Herb and Kay Thomas, Safford, Arizona, Tim and Sharon Thomas, Altoona, Iowa and former wife, Sharon Link, Winona, Missouri.
Tina Rankin says
He was such a lovely man. I always enjoyed talking with him at paint classes. Phil is with the lord and looking down in all of us. He loved his family and friends. Prayers
I have known Phil 40+ years when we traveling. His kindness and positive outlook and his deep faith were the traits that made him special. We lost touch over the years but were able to connect several years ago. His memories of family and his walk with the Lord were an inspiration to me and many others. He left the world a better place. Peace to his family.
Debbie Heidrick says
Will miss you on Facebook and reading your Beautiful writings. You had always wrote things that inspired and Blessed so many. Many Blessings and prayers for Comfort for your Family!
I’m so happy I was able to chat a few times with you when we could. I will miss you ! ?
Though we were not well aquainted, i saw Phil V. Thomas made a great impact on and was greatly appreciated and beloved by his facebook friends as well. His writing influenced a lot of souls. As the Lord put him in my mind, i contacted him recently to offer prayer and an ear, if needed, and though i was a stranger and he could not write well anymore as he told me, he was very patient and friendly in his response.
May His family receive comfort and solace through the Holy Spirit and the Love of God be with you all.
Lindsay Gough says
Oh Phil, I loved you so. You were so kind to me that day in the town square. We listened to my friend play music, worshiped and fellowshipped. That was one of my most memorable days of adventure, fun and Christ’s blessings, and that is the day we met you. ?? Fly high sweet soul, your light shines on with me!!
Glenn Gohr says
Phil was a prince of a man. He always had a positive word to say, and he looked for the spiritual side of life. He was a shining example to many, and he is greatly missed.
Necole Harper says
I was going through a really tough time and I talked with him. He allowed me to pour out my burdens. He will be missed. May God comfort you during your loss.
Monique Gillming says
A lot of my friends my not know Phil V. Thomas, but I wanted to share a tiny piece of his story with you. He found me at Chronic Hope and we became friends. Phil sends me a card once a month every month. He prays for me. I know him as a worship leader that loves Jesus, his family and friends. I got to experience Gods love and faithfulness through his life. In my heart, I see Him in heaven right now. Jesus is so proud of you Phil!! You lived a selfless, caring and Jesus filled life! You showed us what’s important in word and in deed. I’m so thankful for your friendship! My eyes are flooded with tears for you but my heart rejoices for you! Well done friend!! When I grow up, I want to be just like you! All my love, until we meet again. Your friend, Monique
Bruce Paddon (brother-in-law) says
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Psalms? ?116:15? ?NKJV??
My hope is firm in God’s promise. Knowing Phil in this life has been but a great head start on eternity. He lived and loved well and we will worship together again, this time without end. Until the day you return with Jesus brother, know that your legacy lives on…
“Beloved brothers and sisters, we want you to be quite certain about the truth concerning those who have passed away, so that you won’t be overwhelmed with grief like many others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who died while believing in him.” 1 Thessalonians? ?4:13-14? ?TPT??
Leslie Morrison says
I first knew Phil and family going on a youth retreat at age 12 with my brother Bill Morrison at Bethel assembly of God. Through the Thomas family I got more confirmation on what a Godly family is all about. I have three brothers and no sisters. There I got to see two beautiful sisters respond and react in a Godly family, priceless, I think I kept thinking at the time , boy Jesus maybe I would marry a girl like this. They were so kind and sweet. It was very educational. On that trip I learned about contact lenses and faults teeth. Most of all I learned about how God was the center of their family. They were a very good influence on my life. Today I am in ministry I have played my violin all over the world even in the Israeli Knesset and have been with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn for the last 20 years playing prophetically on the violin. I know Phil is dancing before YESHUA with his wife and son Stanley. I am looking forward to being home and seeing all the Loved ones that have gone on before us and never having to say goodbye. In the NAME YESHUA I Bless you Thomas family and thank you for being a good influence in my life.
The Priestly Benediction
22 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.
Bless you all????????
I have 9 beautiful children who I have homeschooled. Praise ABBA!!!
Leslie Morrison says
Those ? Mark’s were supposed to be !!!!!!!!
Bless you all!!!!!!!!
I have talked with Phil several times most recently about a year or so ago. Told him I loved him!
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Dwana May Myers says
I knew Phil as a kind & gentle man. He was a treasured friend, a skilled musician, and left a mark of excellence in all that he put his hands to. May the memories of his time here comfort those who loved him most!?
Jim Vanzandt says
Phil was an awesome Christian and a amazing man. We meet at my auto repair shop and I not only got to know his car but soon I learned much more about him. He was going threw some tuff times and he would talk to me about it, like how he loved his daughter so and didnt want to be a burden on her. Mostly though his love for God was amazing. I’ll never forget his kindness and love. Jim Vanzandt
Tricia Hallock says
Phil hungered after God. Now, he is finally home and at peace. God bless Phil’s family with comfort and strength. ????
Kelly Voyles says
I first Met Phil when my husband was building his new home in Winona years ago. He was a very pleasant,kind & caring man, a Godly man. ?
I loved his post on fb, very inspirational. I hope you will keep it to where all the people that loved & cared about him can go back & read old post.
I will miss him & those post but I’m happy to know He is up there with his Lord & savior an away from this crazy evil world.
You are all in our prayers.
Barbara Redburn says
What a precious man!
Phil was such a joy and blessing to me and to so many people! I loved his writings. Loved spending time with him sharing the love of God and praying together. I learned so much from him…his deep love of the Lord and his genuine care and concern for others. When we talked he made me do some deep thinking. 🙂
I first met him and his wife, Barbara when I went to stay with his parents in their home for several months during the time before I was married and I was working in
El Dorado and going to their church. They took me in and loved me like family! It’s been many years ago, but I’m so thankful I was able to reconnect with Phil in my later years and had the privilege and honor to get to get to know him. Ohhh the love he had for the Lord! Wow!
And now he actually gets to see Him face to face! Hallelujah!
I envy him.. in a good way! “Precious in the sight of the Lord are the death of His saints.”