Joe Nathan "Papa Joe" Thames, 79, Sandusky, slipped peacefully into eternal rest Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the home of his daughter, Nena Dorsey in Springfield, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 17, 1928, in Hero, Miss., the eldest of 14 children born to Joe Atlee Thames and Queen Victoria (Battee) Thames.
Joe attended Scott County Schools and was elected president of his graduating class. After graduation, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.
He was united in holy matrimony to his high school sweetheart, Earnesteen, March 18, 1952. They were blessed to celebrate 54 years of marriage and had three loving children.
Joe accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Lake, Miss.
He was a faithful member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Sandusky for 50 years, and served as chairman of the Deacon Board.
He was an active member of Sunday school, finance committee, and the benevolence ministry.He was affiliated with the NAACP and UAW.
Joe leaves to cherish his life his darling daughter, Nena (Edward) Dorsey, Springfield; sons, Richard Thames, Sandusky, and Joe (Maritza) Thames, San Antonio; brothers, Robert (Geneva) Thames, James Thames, both of Sandusky, and Marvin (Mildred) Thames, Lake; sisters, Lillie Lang, Cincinnati, Dorothy (Lavern) Dunlap, Shubuta, Miss., Lonnie Montgomery, Kankakee, Ill., Bonnie Price and Elizabeth Martin, both of Jackson, Miss., and Shirley Horton and Esther Thames, both of Lake; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Henry Thames; and sisters, Barbara Perry and Myrtle Parker. The family will welcome visitors from 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ebenezer Bap-tist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky; the Rev. Franklin Churchwell will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, Sandusky, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church. Condolences may be made at toftfh.com.