James S. “Coach” Thomason – January 4, 2019

James Stewart “Coach” Thomason, 78, of Kingsland passed away in the early hours of Friday January 4, 2019 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick. Mr. Thomason was the oldest son born to Stewart Turner and Bessie Lee Hamilton Thomason in Anniston, AL.  He spent his elementary and high school years in Bremen, GA graduating in 1959.  Mr. Thomason enjoyed multiple sports throughout his life paving the way for his life’s work as a high school coach which included football, baseball and even a state championship golf team (a sport he never played).

He valued his opportunities for higher education having held a Bachelors degree from Auburn University, a Masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and with advanced course work from Valdosta State and Georgia Southern Universities. While completing his Masters degree at USM he was privileged to coach freshman football and recruit football players from high schools throughout the southeast.  “Coach” became his name of reference for the rest of his life.  He never tired of coaching and teaching mathematics at Lakeside and Peachtree High Schools in Atlanta and Adel and Camden County High Schools in south Georgia.

Coach Thomason was a forty-year resident of Camden County. He was an active member of St Marys United Methodist Church for thirty-five years, serving on various committees.  Coach was dedicated to serving others as evidenced by his involvement in the Kingsland Lions Club, Marshes of Glynn Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Bryan-Lang Historical Library.  His God given ministry took the form of cooking for the elderly, sick and bereaved in his back-yard kitchen. Coach was a tireless gardener sharing his bounty with the community.  He created Coach’s Lunch Bunch to help gentlemen his age enjoy fellowship at local restaurants.  Coach was a multi-talented individual.  His greatest achievement has been researching a family history initiated by his mother, to which he added five years’ worth of publications to share with his family and libraries throughout the south.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Jo Wynne Thomason, sons James Wynne “Jim” Thomason, of Ocean Springs, MS, Stewart Allen Thomason (Sara), of Isle of Palms, SC, and daughter Sue Ellen Thomason Cheek (Shawn) of Woodstock, GA. Also left to cherish his memory are grandchildren Reece, Dean and Phoebe Thomason, Leah, Matthew and Gehrig Cheek, twin sister Sue Thomason of LaGrange, GA brothers Robert Jay Thomason and Hamilton Lee Thomason (Jeani) of Bremen, GA three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services for Coach will be held on Monday, January 7 at St Marys United Methodist Church at 4pm with visitation from 2-4pm in the church social hall. Active pallbearers are Max Duke, Calvin Lang, Arizona Perkins, Leon Frazier, Art Turner and Jay Lassiter.  Honorary pallbearers are the members of Coach’s Lunch Bunch, Marshes of Glynn SAR, Bob Campbell, Leon Cochran, William Lassiter, Daniel Simpson, Jim Stein, Danny Sikes, Steve Conner, Edward Bruce, Wayne Peeples, Keith Ellis, and Mark Durham.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles or Bryan-Lang Historical Library in Woodbine, GA.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home in St Marys and Hightower Funeral Home in Bremen, GA were entrusted with Coach Thomason’s arrangements.

6 thoughts on “James S. “Coach” Thomason – January 4, 2019

  1. Brenda Spell

    Sue and family, May God give you his peace today and everyday. Praying for all of you. In Christ Love, Brenda and Bernie Spell

  2. Hamp & Renee Howell

    Our Sincere Condolences to the Thomason Family. Coach Thomason will be missed by many. He was a very generous & thoughful person. I enjoyed his visits to the Library, we shared stories & pictures of our families and talked about old times when our children were in school together. He was very generous in sharing fresh vegetables from his
    garden. He would also bring in jams/jellies that him & Joe put up. He would work for hours on the Genealogy Book that he compiled, & if I understood correctly he gifted each of his children one these books as part of their Legacy
    Our thoughts & prayers are sent to Joe, the Children, and
    other Family Members. May you Find Comfort & Strength in
    In God’s Caring Arms.

  3. Steve Ivie

    I loved Coach! He was such examplel to so many! It makes me sad to hear of his passing.As we get older we think of doing things but time passes and we don’t. I should have come and visited him in last 5 years. Life is so short

    and fleeting. Coach will be missed by all of us from Lakeside!! Steve Ivie

  4. Manuel Perez

    I knew James and the Thomason family from the early fifties when my family moved to Bremen.
    I attended Bremen High School, where we became very good friends. I loved his cheerful and friendly nature and shared his passion for football. I was one of the managers (bag boys) of the varsity team and enjoyed very much participating in all of their games snd practices, where we spent a lot of time together.
    Will miss James very much and I’m sure he earned a high place with the Almighty.
    Manuel Perez, Miami, FL

  5. Frank Vardeman

    Coach Thomason had a huge impact on my life, from the way he approached coaching football to teaching me Geometry. In football he taught me that it was a game that you could learn about how to approach difficulties in life, and while he ever pushed his faith on us, he was a true example of how to lead a faithful life, giving of himself to others.
    Coach T was also the best math teacher I ever had. He asserted that a high school aged kid had a 15 minute attention span. So he would teach for 15 minutes, assign our homework and then walk around the classroom helping each one of us with the problems, making sure we “got it”.
    He was a beautiful man and had a huge impact on so many throughout his life.
    Thank you Coach T!
    Frank Vardeman
    Lakeside Class of 1971


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