McArthur Thomas, Jr., 59, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 12:40 A.M. November 4, 2019 at his residence. He was born August 24, 1960 in Tunica, Mississippi to McArthur Thomas, Sr. and Dorothy Spearman.
McArthur is survived by his mother and stepfather, Dorothy Cooper and husband, Lee of Mount Vernon, Illinois; children, Latoya Thomas of San Antonio, Texas, Angel Thomas of Marietta, Georgia, Donnesha Thomas of Millwauke, Wisconsin, and Alaina Thomas and Nathan Thomas, both of Saint Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren, Tiarry, Levena, Macquaya, Leevell, Lavar, and Jonathan; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Linda Judd and husband, David of Killeen, Texas, Charles Thomas of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Rita Watkins and husband, Jerry of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Norma Jean Thomas of Marion, Illinois, and Sherry Day-Anderson of Killeen, Texas, Dena Smith and husband, Rick of Lake Horn, Mississippi, Kim Thomas and Cortez Pearson of Tunica, Mississippi, Cheryl Rayford of Champaign, Illinois, Terrance Thomas and Charlie Thomas, both of Tunica, Mississippi, Yolanda Cooper-Johnson and husband, Andre of Racine, Wisconsin, and Leonard Jamison of Chicago, Illinois; and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, one aunt, and many friends. The family would like to extend gratitude to Aunt Bobbie Taylor for being there in time of need.
McArthur was preceded in death by his father, McArthur Thomas, Sr.; stepmother, Arrea Thomas; and son, Mac Leevell Lesure-Thomas.
McArthur proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked as a baseball umpire which he enjoyed very much. He also enjoyed coaching multiple grades in basketball and football. He was a basketball star here at Mt. Vernon Township High school where he held multiple records for a long time. Family was very important to him. He took pride in raising his children whom he loved very much. McArthur will be missed by all who knew him.
A Visitation will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Newell Funeral Home (601 South 42nd Street in Mount Vernon, Illinois). The Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 P.M.
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