November 6, 1957 ~ October 20, 2020

Born in: Montgomery, AL
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Don “Donnie” Thomas, 62, of Owensboro passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hosptial. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on November 6, 1957 to Edward Lee Thomas and the late Katherine Marie Morris Thomas. Donnie served in the Navy, trained as a welder and boilermaker. He was a member of Sts. Joseph & Paul Catholic Church, and retired from Williams Industrial Services as a senior project management consultant. Don was an avid golfer, who enjoyed smoking and grilling barbeque for his family and friends. He also enjoyed bird watching, carpentry, and building. Don was kind-hearted, generous in spirit, and loved his grandchildren deeply.

Along with his mother, Donnie is preceded in death by his sister, Terry Payne.

Along with his father, Donnie is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary (Dunn) Thomas; his children, Dana (Brad) Brewer, Debra Thomas, Chris (Anne Marie) Hamman, Ashley Hamman; 8 grandchildren; and his siblings, Wayne (Jill) Thomas, Kay (Paul) Ewing, Cindy (Curtis) Hamilton.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am Friday, October 23, 2020 at Sts. Joseph & Paul Catholic Church, with Father Will Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at a later date.

All who wish to honor and remember Donnie in person at the funeral are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside church for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Thomas. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Don “Donnie” Thomas and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Memorial Service: October 23, 2020 11:00 am

St. Joseph & Paul Catholic Church
609 East 4th Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Dana and Debra..Sorry to hear the passing of your Dad..Prayers for the family..Susie Lewis from Mancino’s Pizza

  2. Don was one of the best men I ever knew. Always had a smile and just a joy to be around. Smart, talented and good sense. I really like working with him, and will miss him. Well Donnie your with Jesus now, maybe he needs a Boilermaker or some carpentry done. Maybe even talk to you about that hole in one. LOL

  3. Mary and all your family,
    May you know you are in my heart ❤️ and In my prayers.
    Don and you both have given so much of yourselves in this short life that you have be given by God .
    Now Don has earned his wings and gone to a higher level to be with those that will look upon you and all your loving ones here on earth.
    May you have comfort from all of your friends as we also mourn with you this sadness in your life.
    Amen and love to you Mary.

    ❤️Imelda and Gary Cecil

  4. Mary, Norm & I are so sorry for your loss, remember the many days of you talking so fondly of Don & laughing about things he did, wish I could make it to the service, thinking of you & your family during this time. Always, sisters of the black snake.

  5. Mary and family,
    Loss of a loved is so hard.
    Know all of your family and friends care for you, want to listen to you and hold you up during this very difficult time.
    All our prayers and love.
    David and Karen Danhauer

  6. Thank you for everything-Without your influence I would never have become the man I am today. I can’t thank you enough I’m so many levels.

  7. Mary I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Know that I am praying for you and your family.

    Love you, Lori

  8. I worked with Don many times while a member of Boilermakers Local 40 he was a joy to be around and will be missed. So very sorry for your loss.

  9. Mary and Family:

    Sorry to read about Don. So much fun at OCHS, his friendship will not be forgotten. God’s blessings to all of you.

  10. Mary, I’m so sorry for your loss. Don was such a nice man. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry I can’t make it to the service but I am out of town. Love and hugs to you.

  11. Mary- My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. I did not know him but my heart breaks for you in your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers!
    Debby Ward

  12. Mary sorry for your loss.

    Donnie was my first friend when I moved to Our Lady of Lourdes school in the 6th grade. We remained friends through high school. I would see Donnie at OMU when they were repairing the boilers at the power plant. He always had time for a chat. He will be missed by many.

    Tom Hagan

  13. Dear Thomas family, I knew Donnie was ill. I noticed the unusual traffic over at MR THOMAS the other day. I am sorry. I know you all are broken hearted. I do pray and of course have. Sincerely, Jon Van Winkle.

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