Eric Conley Thomas,60, of Locust, passed away Monday May 4,2020 at his home. The family will have a private service for Mr. Thomas.
Mr. Thomas was born March 18, 1960 in Albuquerque, NM and was the son of the Jack Conley Thomas and Peggy Carolyn Eddins Thomas. He was a retired Police Officer with the Stanly County Sheriffs’ Office and he formally worked with the Albemarle Police Department and the Locust Police Department. Mr. Thomas had a total of forty years working in law enforcement.
Eric is survived by his wife Pamela Love Thomas of the home. Also surviving is a son Derrick Jackson Thomas of Georgia; daughter Elena Thomas Dalton (Ryan) of Boone, NC; three step daughters, Amy Atkinson of Albemarle, NC, Summer Duffee of Charlotte, NC and Holly Brewer of Albemarle, NC; granddaughter Ava Dalton and a sister Carolyn Jennings of Alaska.
Captain Thomas is known for his wit, his stories, and his lessons on what you USED to be able to do in law enforcement that you CAN’T do in law enforcement today. More importantly however, Captain Thomas is also known for his law enforcement knowledge, always having a solution to offer or at least the person he knows that can get you a solution, and his willingness to provide guidance regardless of the officer you are or the agency you work for. I can without hesitation say with complete confidence that there is no law enforcement officer in Stanly County that is more respected than Captain Eric Thomas. That respect has been earned through an honorable career of serving and protecting the citizens of Stanly County, quality and ethical police work, and the unwavering willingness to assist other officers that represents the brotherhood of the job that we do.
Memorials may be made to West Stanly Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 27, Stanfield, NC 28163, “Locust P.D. Shop with a Cop”.
Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Locust is serving the Thomas family.