Former Cedartown High School Band Director John C. Thomas passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, August 17. He was 83.
According to the obituary from Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home…
Mr. Thomas was born on February 8, 1932 in Albertville, AL. He earned B.S. and Ed.S. degrees in music from Jacksonville State University and an M.A. from Morehead State University in Kentucky. While at JSU, he was a member of Epsilon Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional fraternity for men in music, of which he served as president. Not content to have only degrees in music, Mr. Thomas also holds an honorary B.B.Q. degree in Home-Burger-Nomics.
During his fifty-six years of teaching, he served as band director of schools in Ohatchee and Roanoke, AL; Lakeland, FL; and Darlington School of Rome. He also taught brass and music education at Shorter College and JSU. His longest tenure was teaching band, chorus, and history in Cedartown from 1959 through 1982. (more…)