Henry Luke Thomas obit
Holder blacksmith, Luke Thomas, dies Luke Thomas, 88, of 50-1 50-1 50-1 E. Douglas, a retired blacksmith, carpenter and amateur violin maker, died at 7:20 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital following a short illness. Mr. Thomas operated a blacksmith simp at Holder and Bcntown for 40 years. He worked from 1941 to 1967 as a machinist machinist at The Eureka Co. And, when he was 82, lie decided he would make his own violin, a Pantagraph story related. He was no stranger to violins, he played a pretty good tune and had been repairing and restringing them for several years. Hie finished product "played pretty well," he told a reporter. "It needs a little adjustment here and there and another rubbing with varnish, but it isn't too bad for a first try," Mr. Thomas said. The reporter said there was music in those hands. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Carmody Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Epiphany Church. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Prayer service will be at 8 p.m. lie was born Feb. 9, 1886, in Tell City, lixl., a son of Sylvester and Sarah i Luke Thomas f'"rvnnimMnaai ... Kellems Thomas. He married Amanda Pearl Elfrierh in 1908 in Tell City. She died in 1952. Surviving are two (laughters, Mrs. Ethel Mayfield, Carhnville and Mrs. Agnes Kelley, Ellsworth; five soas, Elmer, 1307 W. Mulberry; Delmar, Hollywood, Hollywood, Calif.; Harry, Phoenix, Ariz.; Virgil, Virgil, 1621 S. Madison, and Vernon, Colfax; 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. great-grandchildren. great-grandchildren. great-grandchildren. A daughter, a son, three brothers, three sisters and two grandsons preceded liini in death. He was a niemlier ol the maehiiuM.s union.