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Carl Ellis Thomas
May 4, 1960 ~ September 1, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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Memorial Service for Carl Ellis Thomas, 63, of Joliet, IL will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2023. Service will be held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, West Iowa Street, Dermott; Rev. Doran Newhouse, Pastor.
Carl was born on May 4, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan. He welcomed his son, Thomas Berkley Jackson, on August 23, 1983 with Shelley Jackson. He made a heartfelt request for divine guidance in raising his son in a safe environment which led to their move to Illinois in the summer of 1993.
Carl was a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys and moved to Dallas to be closer to his favorite football team. While in Dallas, Carl secured a position with Tom Thumb, a grocery store, ultimately becoming the head of the Grocery Department. In Illinois, Carl began his employment as a Casino Dealer at the Empress Casino, the Majestic Star Casino and lastly, Harrah's Casino, where he made lifelong friends among his coworkers. He was a household name as one of the best dealers for his 25 years of employment. Because of his phenomenal customer service skills, positive attitude,and technical abilities, he was featured in collateral across the Harrah's property for many years. Carl has a variety of hobbies that brought joy to his life, including watching his beloved Chicago White Sox, running, exercising, tending to his houseplants and garden, and enjoying music while entertaining friends and family. In addition to his other passions, Carl has a keen interest in staying informed about current events and politics. He found enjoyment in watching MSNBC and engaging in spirited political debates with friends and loved ones. His willingness to engage in thoughtful discussions showcased his commitment to staying informed and sharing his perspectives.
Carl's family was a source of strength, support, and love and Carl was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. He passed away on Friday, September 1, 2023, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by one son, Thomas Jackson; three grandchildren, Tasey, Christopher, and Mariah; his parents, Johnnie Mae Thomas and Rufus Thomas, Jr. of Dermott, AR; and five siblings, Ricky Thomas, Lolita Thomas, Sharon Thomas, Selina Smith, and Francine Gildon; 4 nieces, 6 nephews, 4 grandnieces and 6 grandnephews.
Carl will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, but his spirit and the memories he created will live on forever. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, determination, and a deep love for family and friends. His journey in life was marked by a strong work ethic that began at a young age. He started working as a babysitter at the tender age of 12, and at 15, he brought his first car, the Green Hornet, a Ford, showcasing his early independence. A man of faith, Carl held Psalm 23 close to his heart as his favorite scripture. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations, in Carl's name, to be made to the Ronald McDonald House in honor of the exceptional care provided to his grandson.
Service entrusted to Dillard Funeral Home, 111 North Freeman Street, Dermott, AR 870-538-5505.