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Zeb Thomas

Roy Zeb Thomas, 93, of Sedalia, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center.

He was born April 22, 1929, in Pettis County, son of Rollie James and Bessie (Brownfield) Thomas.

He was married to Peggy Lee (Reno), who preceded him in death. He later married Valmer (Clark) Edwards, who survives.

Zeb served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a lifelong farmer and had served as the Western District Judge for Pettis County for six years.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Quail Unlimited, Rod and Gun Club, and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

Zeb enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding and racing motorcycles. He was family oriented, hardworking, and loving. He will be remembered as a “teacher” of many lessons, as a man of faith and principle, and for his stories.

In addition to his wife, Valmer, survivors include a daughter, Cindy Birdwell (Scotty), of La Monte; three grandsons, Zeb Scott Birdwell (Lesley), of Sparks, Oklahoma, Brent Thomas Birdwell (Rhiannon), of La Monte, and John Harvey Birdwell (Savannah), of Lee’s Summit; seven great-grandchildren: Hope, Jackson Roy, Shaun, Gracie, Johannah and Archer Birdwell, and Rayleigh Williams; and two step-grandsons.

In addition to his wife, Peggy, he was preceded in death by siblings: Lucille Davis, Otis Thomas, Ralph Thomas, Grace Bremer, Bernice Bary, Barbara Rayl and Melva Ruth Campbell; and stepson, Lloyd “LA” Edwards.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2022, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Karis Thomas officiating.

Casket bearers will be Roy Lynn Rayl, Dwayne Thomas, Donald Sullivan, David Curtis, Gregory Zeb Chaplin and Robert Curtis.

Honorary bearers will be Bob Reavis, Bill Shumake, Mark Curtis, Charlie Rayl Jr., John Higgins and Ronnie Dillon.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Army, VFW Post 2591, and Patriot Guard Riders.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church or Sedalia Rod and Gun Club.
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