Shirl R. Thomas, 87, died June 4, 1998 of natural causes at his Salt Lake City home.

Born January 20, 1911, son of Rowland andAnnie Reese Thomas. Married Maxine Anderson in 1950. Shirl graduated from West High and Brigham YoungUniversity before serving in World War II.He was the owner and proprietor of Thomas Grocery in Salt Lake City for 20 years.

He was loved by all who knew him for his wit, humor and good nature, even after losing his eyesight at age 70.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Shelley; and son-in-law, Sam Williams. He adored his grandsons, Walker and Hart.

Friends may call at Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, 324 East 100 South, Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A private graveside service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Prevent Blindness-Utah, or the Division of Services for the Blind and Sight Impaired.

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