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Shorty Thomas

ROCK HILL -- Mr. Richard Gale "R.G. Shorty" Thomas, 77, of 541 Stonehenge Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at Piedmont Medical Center.

The memorial service will be 2 p.m., Sunday at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, with the Rev. Gerald Bennett officiating.

A native of West Union, W.V., Mr. Thomas was the son of the late Avery and Hattie Patton Thomas.

He retired from Westinghouse with 19 years of service. He was a member of Summerville Masonic Lodge, Hejaz Shrine Club, Elks Lodge, and Scottish & York Rite. He served in the U.S. Air Force and in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Paulette Bennett Mackey Thomas of the home; his daughters, Cathy T. Newbanks of Parkersburg, W.V., Regina T. Pennybacker of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Sandee T. Jackson of Lake Wylie, Sandy Martin, Marsha Seller, and Dianne M. Lubke, all of Rock Hill; his sons, Doug Mackey of Catawba, Lee Mackey and Carroll Mackey both of Rock Hill; his brother, Lawrence Thomas of Parkersburg, W.V.; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 12 to 1:30 p.m., Sunday prior to the service at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, and other times at Ebenezer Park, Site 32.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crescent Shrine Club, Ladies Auxiliary, 2065 McConnells Highway, Rock Hill, SC 29730.