On Friday, July 17, 2020, Pastor Rapheal “Ray” Thomas was called peacefully to eternal rest. Ray Thomas was born April 4, 1951, to Edward and Mildred Thomas in Lafayette Lousiana. Both parents preceded him in death.
After graduating from James Stephens High School in Ville Platte, Louisiana, he earned a B.S. degree in Management from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, and moved to South Bend, Indiana.
Ray retired as Vice President of retail banking from 1st Source Bank in South Bend, Indiana. He also served on numerous boards throughout the community. Ray was a member of both the Kiwanis Club of South Bend and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Pastor Thomas gave his life to the Lord at an early age and was called to minister the gospel. He held several positions and served as a Minister and was ordained as an Elder at Saints Memorial Church of God in Christ where he met and married the love of his life, Iris Smith. His most beloved profession was being the Pastor of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ. His life and ministry touched the lives of people all over the world.
Ray left behind a plentiful harvest of memories to cherish, honor and emulate for survivors: his loving wife of 46 years, Iris Thomas; 5 children, 19 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
Ray was a well-respected man who brought joy and happiness to everyone that he encountered. We will all miss him.
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