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Rev. John J Thomason
September 1, 1924 ~ November 2, 2023 (age 99) 99 Years Old
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Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, November 19, 2023 at New Home AME Zion Church in York, SC with Rev. H.A. Gregory III, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York, SC. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:00 pm prior to the service.
Reverend John J. Thomason, 99, formerly of Bloomfield, NJ, passed away in the care of his loving family in Stratford, CT on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Born in York County, SC on September 1, 1924 he was the eldest son of the late Fred and Addie Pressley Thomason, and husband of Dorinda Meeks Thomason, his wife of 68 years.
John was a WWII US Navy Veteran, and graduate of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. As a devout Christian, he served as a Deacon and Assistant Pastor for New Light Baptist Church in Bloomfield, NJ, before being called to serve as the Pastor of Union Baptist Church of Bloomfield, NJ. He diligently and joyfully served his extended family, community, and church congregation for more than 30 years before retiring from the pulpit. He was also an active member of the Lott Carey Global Christian Mission Organization, for whom he enthusiastically served on international mission trips.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Rev. Mason, Leroy, and Fred Thomason Jr.; as well as sisters Alice Ross, Cora Hart, and Lillian Thomason.
Rev. Thomason is survived by his wife and life partner in ministry Dorinda; sons, Ronald, John Charles and David Thomason; adopted son, Micah Wideman; daughters, Patricia Middleton, Virginia Burris, Brenda Cline, and Theresa Thomas. His exploits, and the life lessons he taught, will be lovingly remembered and shared by his grandsons Brandon Cline, Rev. Jovan Cline and Myles Thomason; granddaughters Theresa Love, Leigh Ann Thomason and Sarah Thomason-Yocum; and great-grand daughter Jaida Cline. The impact of his presence will continue to be celebrated by his family members and friends worldwide.