Bobby Ray Thomas, 77, of Leachville, died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Born in the Silverdale Community, near Arbyrd, Mo., he was the son of the late Dennis Alexander and Madge Layne Thomas and had been a Leachville resident since 1961. He was a well-known businessman who, along with his wife, owned and operated several grocery stores and restaurants in Leachville for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Wayne Thomas, and brother-in-law, Bob Looney.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anna Beth Malloy Thomas, of the home; a daughter, Candice Denny, and husband Larry of Leachville; a brother, Dennis Thomas and wife Linda of Arbyrd, Mo.; two sisters, Jo Nell Malloy and husband Doc of Leachville, and Bette Carroll and husband Raymond of Senath; sister-in-law and special helpmate, Maryln Looney of Leachville; uncle, R.J. Thomas of Senath; two grandchildren, Amanda McFall and husband Darrin of Leachville and Blake Denny and wife Lauren of Bay; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Brody and Sophia McFall.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. July 22 at Leachville First Baptist Church with Rev. Rudy Davis officiating. Burial was in the Leachville Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville.
Friends may sign the online guest register at www.howardfuneralservice.com.