Heatwole Campbell Thomas "Tommy", PharmD (known by friends and family as “Tommy” and “Pop”), 91, of Chickamauga, Georgia, and previously a long-time resident of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, went home to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully and of natural causes on January 10, 2017, nine days short of his 92nd birthday.
Tommy was born January 19, 1925 in Wilmington, N.C., to Dr. Charles and Naomi Thomas of Wilmington.
He was predeceased by his wife, Bonny Jean Nichols Thomas, and a son, Chip Campbell Thomas, his parents and siblings, Elizabeth Bergan, Charles Thomas and Ruth White.
He is survived by his siblings, Camille Thomas, of Wilmington, De., and Roberta Smith of Greenville, Al. He is also survived by three of his children, Bonny Belle Thomas Lee (Bob) of Roanoke, Va., Sally Jean Thomas Worland (David) of Chickamauga, and Tommy Heatwole Thomas of Signal Mountain, and seven grandchildren, Bonny Journey Lee, Capt. Nathan Campbell Thomas, USMC (Wendy), Sarah Katherine Thomas, Capt. Craig Thomas Worland, USMC (Taylor), Scott Campbell Worland (Bonnie), Bonny Jean Worland, Suzannah Sally Worland Beagan (Joshua), and six great-grandchildren, Joseph Paul Worland, Julie Grace Worland, NoraJean Isabel Worland, Harper Isabell Worland, Catherine Marie Beagan, Barrett Dean Beagan and many cherished nieces and nephews.
“Pop” proudly served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Force, 93rd Bombardment group during World War II. He served overseas as a waist gunner on a B24 based in London, England. While on leave he met his future wife at the USO in Nashville, TN. He asked her “if she would be tickled to death to dance with him.” She agreed, and they danced through their marriage for 65 years.
He and Bonny Jean were active members of their beloved Chickamauga Presbyterian Church in Chickamauga.
He earned his doctorate of pharmacy from University of Tennessee, Memphis in December 1950 and served as a pharmaceutical representative and a clinical pharmacist. He originated the pharmacy at Newell Hospital which later became Downtown General Hospital in Chattanooga, where he served as the pharmacist for many years.
Tommy and Bonny Jean were well known for their square dance calling with clubs, churches, nursing homes and parties throughout Chattanooga and the surrounding region. They called for more than 60 years together and received many honors for their calling and were known throughout the country among the “calling community”.
Tommy and Bonny Jean owned and operated Hidden Hollow Resort near Chickamauga. where they made many friends that were their guests from all over the country.
“Pop’s” joy and positive attitude was contagious and continues to makes us all better people. His favorite Bible verse was Luke 10:27 “And He answering said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.’”
The Celebration of Life and visitation will be held at Chickamauga Presbyterian Church, 770 West 7th Street, Chickamauga, Ga. 30707, on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. with the Celebration of Life service to follow at 3:30 p.m.
Gifts in memory of Mr. Thomas may be sent to Chickamauga Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 654 Street, Chickamauga, GA 30707.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.