From Staff Reports
Washington Times Herald
Danny Lee Thomas, 72, died at 3:25 p.m. Thursday at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.
Born Oct. 21, 1940, he was the son of Ellen (Veale) Padgett. A graduate of Jasper High School in 1958, he attended the University of Kentucky at Hopkinsville.
He retired from the Army after over 20 years of service. When he was in the Army, he received three Army Service Commendation medals. While in the service, he served as a chauffeur to President John F. Kennedy. He was a member of the Washington American Legion and a member of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by his wife Naomi (May) Thomas, whom he married on Feb. 22, 1991; three sons, Kerry Thomas of Francisco; Darren (Kelly) Thomas of Francisco; and Tracy (Peggy) Williams of Washington; two daughters, Lynn (Greg) Singer of Evansville and Rene (Steve) Veale of Washington; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and his aunt and uncle, Robert and Joyce Veale.
He is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Ellen (Veale) and Bill Padgett.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ed Lee Mortuary, Pastor Brent Welch officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Washington American Legion and VFW.
Memorial donations may be made to Ebenezer Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www. edleemortuary.com.