Roy Hershel Thomason, 94, of Mt. Vernon, died 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Residential Living Center in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Sunday, Jan. 12, 1919, in Jefferson County, the son of George and Ella (Allen) Thomason. He married Pearl Biggerstaff on June 30, 1940, in Mt. Vernon. She preceded him in death on July 12, 2011.
Roy was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked for Holman Motors for 42 years retiring as a master mechanic and was a member and deacon of Second Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon for many years.
He is survived by his sister, Greta Bumpus of Mt. Vernon; brother-in-law, Adrian Biggerstaff of Mt. Vernon; sisters-in-law, Hazel Austin of Mt. Vernon, Edith Casey of Quincy and Barbara Biggerstaff of Catlin; and several nieces and nephews, including special nephew and caregivers, Carl Bradford and wife Darlene of Opdyke.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 71 years; one brother, Byford Thomason; and three sisters, Velma Cameron, Bernadine Atchison and LaVena Thomason.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Jim Duncan officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn. The chaplain of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct a flag presentation service at the cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Morning visitation will be from 12 p.m. until service time at 1 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Second Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.