83, Nectar, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. A 1948 graduate of Hayden High School and attendee of The University of Alabama, Birmingham, Mr. Thomas was son of the late Hershel V. and Lela Standridge Thomas and widower of Inez Richards Thomas. Mr. Thomas, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in England, was retired from Alabama By Products in Tarrant. He was a longtime member and deacon of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters Ella Mae Ragsdale and Lucille McCay and brothers Hobert and Lonnie Thomas.

Surviving are sons Dale (Carrie) Thomas, Nectar, Donnie (Sharon) Breaseale, Oneonta; daughter Dean (Bruce) Phillips, Oneonta; grandchildren Sonya ( Terry) Grisham, Derrick Phillips, Stephen (Emily) Breaseale, Katie (Zack) Coppens, and Brittany (Dustin) Swann; greatgranddaughter Harper Breaseale; sister Ruby Allman, Oneonta; and special nephew Donnie Thomas, Oneonta.

Randy Hale officiated the 2 p.m. funeral Jan. 2, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with interment following at Austin Creek Cemetery. The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial donations to Mr. Thomas’s church, Pine Grove Baptist Church, 1133 Pine Grove Road, Oneonta, AL 35121 or to Austin Creek Cemetery c/o Danny Richards, 700 Richards Road, Hayden, AL 35079.