Ormand “Lee” Thomas Jr., 61, of Straits, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Crystal Coast Hospice House of Newport.

His service was Tuesday at Straits United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Ricky Nelms, pastor of Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church, officiating. 

Mr. Thomas was born May 17, 1953, in New Bern to Mary Ellen Thomas and the late Ormand Lee Thomas. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Lee was a quiet man, always kind and loving. His family and friends will miss his gentle voice and smile.

In addition to his mother, Mary Ellen Thomas of Straits, he is survived by two sisters, Diane Benton and Margaret T. Johnson and husband Chris, all of Straits; brother-in-law, John Culley of New Bern; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his son, Ricky Thomas; sister, Jeanette Culley; and brother-in-law, James “Sonny” Benton.

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and Internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

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