Stephen Elzy Thomas, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, passed away on Feb. 3, 2020 after a sudden cardiac event.
Stephen was born Dec. 9, 1947 to Elzy and Betty Thomas in Riverside, Calif. As the son of an Army officer, Stephen grew up all over the world, seeing many beautiful sights that fueled his passion for photography.
Stephen met the love of his life, Mira Williams, at age 20 while attending the Church of Christ in Pendleton, Ore., where his father was the pastor. They married on March 17, 1969 and were blessed to have celebrated over 50 years in marriage. Ten short months after the marriage, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to bases all over the U.S. and abroad, receiving the National Defense Service Medal. While serving in Germany, Stephen and Mira welcomed their son, Vincent Stephen Thomas, on Jan. 30, 1972. After leaving the Army, they moved to Oklahoma, where Stephen attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Okmulgee.
In 1974, Stephen and Mira moved to Oak Harbor Wash., where Stephen began his 30-year career working as an electrician for Oak Harbor School District.
On Dec. 29, 1975, their daughter, Letitia Christine, was born, thus completing the family.
Stephen had a life-long faith in Jesus and read his Bible every day. He enjoyed photography, camping, reading, fishing, aquariums and card games. Stephen could fix just about anything and was often called on by friends and neighbors to help with electrical issues in their homes. Stephen loved well and was loved well. We find comfort knowing he is at peace in heaven with those that have gone before him.
Stephen is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Mira; son, Vincent Thomas (Amy); daughter, Letitia Davis (Lucas); sister, Wathena Harris; grandchildren, Beckham, Brittany, Josiah, Korttany, Siena, and Tyler; five great-grandchildren; nieces, Kelly, Michelle, Sheila, and Andrea; nephew, Scott; nine great-grand nieces and nephews; and his loyal companion, Peanut.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Family Bible Church in Oak Harbor, followed by a celebration of life and toast to Stephen at the Elks’ Lodge in Oak Harbor.