Thomas is entering his sixth decade at Newton Grove Drug. He has helped to care for generations of patients during this time. In fact, his family says that it seems like Thomas knows everyone in the area and everyone they are related to past, present, and future. An avid supporter of education, Thomas believes in doing things the right way each time. He has devoted his life to his church, his family, and the drugstore. Often, you will hear him remark, “I still love my job”…and he means it even after all these years.
Thomas lost his partner and beloved wife, Jo Ann, in 2017. Jo Ann was an elementary school teacher for 35 years and drugstore clerk for even longer. Through her career in education and her unofficial role as “Newton Grove Drug Company Ambassador”, Jo Ann helped others feel good about themselves, and ultimately realize their potential in life. To those that knew her, she was simply an extraordinary person. Known far and wide for her caring, loving, compassionate heart, her legacy lives on in her family: Thomas, Laura Jo, Joey, Robin, Charlie, and Suzanne. These days, Thomas helps Joey at the store most Mondays and Wednesdays now. When Thomas is not at the store, he can usually be found on his lawnmower, at Newton Grove Baptist Church, playing his piano, listening to Charlie and Suzanne play the guitar or piano, or watching a basketball game.