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Mr. David I. Thomas, 60

September 26, 2010
  • Mr. David I. Thomas
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FEB. 3, 1950-SEPT. 24, 2010

Mr. David I. Thomas, 60, of Hagerstown, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at Washington County Hospital. He was the husband, true soul mate and lifelong friend of Toni Rae Baker Thomas.

Born Feb. 3, 1950, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of the late John William and Fannie Virginia Stockman Thomas.

David loved his country and proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972, during the Vietnam era. He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed collecting baseball cards and paraphernalia throughout his life. He played baseball in Frederick Little League, Babe Ruth League and at both Frederick and Thomas Johnson high schools. David, known to many as "Train," was a pitcher for the Miller Beer Softball Team out of Frederick. This team won many league titles, three state championships and a national championship during the 1980s. He also helped win seven league titles with FCOB in his earlier years. David also enjoyed bowling, having bowled in the Monocacy "B" League at Village Lanes for approximately 20 years.

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He was a lifelong member of Frederick Church of the Brethren.

David had been employed at Rinkers Building Materials in Frederick. He was also retired from Eastalco Aluminum Co., after 20 years of service. Prior employment included Claire Frock Manufacturing Co. in Thurmont and Frederick Iron and Steel.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, David I. Thomas Jr. and wife, Christine, of Frederick, and Amy June Beall and husband, Mat, of Westminster, Md.; two stepchildren, Charles Colliflower Jr. and friend, Teresa Divel, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Carrie Colliflower of Berkeley Springs; eight grandchildren, Samantha Boyce, William Colliflower, Hannah Lockhart, Bradi Colliflower, Kyra Colliflower, Lakyn Colliflower, Michael Holliday and his pride and joy, Gavin Beall; one brother, William C. Thomas and wife, Joyce, of Hagerstown; brother-in-law, Richard T. Gipe of Shippensburg, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Penny Burgee of Frederick, and Mary Baker and husband, David Wachter, of Myersville, Md. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Virginia Gipe.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. The Rev. Dr. Paul Mundey will officiate. Interment will follow in Harmony Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Myersville.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at http://www.staufferfuneralhome.com.

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