Bishop Raymond Lee Thomas was born on February 12, 1953 in Prattville, AL, to the late Anderson Sr. and Ada Mae Thomas. He grew up in Prattville, AL and later moved to Millbrook, AL where he attended church at East Chapel Methodist Church where he accepted Jesus Christ under the late Rev. Paul Cook.
He was educated in the Montgomery County School system. Where he is a proud alumni of George Washington carver High School class of '72 (C-House). Bishop Thomas devoted 35 years to Baptist Health Montgomery, AL where he enjoyed singing, praying, and praising the Lord up and down the halls.
Bishop Raymond Lee Thomas founded New Vision Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully as the Pastor of the flock. Bishop Thomas was a force to be reckoned with, a dynamic preacher, and singer. The church held a special part in his heart and nothing could keep him from his call and kingdom assignment.
Bishop Thomas was preceded in death by his brothers; Henry and Algia Thomas: Sisters: Bertha Fitzpatrick, Ida Mae Washington, and Dorothy Richardson.
He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife of 45 years: Wincie Mae Thomas; His devoted children: Johnny ( Shante) Washington, Gerald 9Tamekie) Washington, Randall Steele, Stephanie Armstrong, Tammy (Lanard) Duncan, Shannon Armstrong, and Shamiracle (DeJuan) Hawkins; Siblings: Anderson Thomas, Jr., Larry (Sue) Thomas,Horace Thomas, Alphonsa (Erika) Thomas, Davis (Kay) Thomas, Jessie Fair, Prophetess Roberta Minor, Shirley (Stashia) McGee, and Vicki (Clyde) Howard; in-laws: Clarence Washington, John Richardson, Linda Thomas, and Jeanette Thomas; Twenty- three grandchildren; twelve great-grands; three God-Children; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, church families, Spiritual children, grangdchildren and an honorary armorbearer De' Carlos Stephens.
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