Jeremiah K. Thomas (May 05, 1963 - May 22, 2023)

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Jeremiah K. Thomas
  • May 05, 1963
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  • May 22, 2023

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Jeremiah K. Thomas (Jerry) of Daytona Beach, Florida passed away on May 22nd, 2023. Jeremiah was born on May 5, 1963, to loving parents Gladys Pettyjohn and Michael Thomas. He was the older brother of Lisa Gail Thomas and spent many of his childhood days playing with and protecting his younger sister as they had adventures in the forest around their home.

Jeremiah was a devout Catholic and worshipped for many years at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish under the pastorship of Father Phil Egitto. Jeremiah spent the majority of his life loving and advocating for people and animals. Jeremiah took advocacy for the LGBTQ and addiction communities seriously. He served as the Executive Director for Hope 4 Life Center in Daytona for many years, as well as was also a board member of the Outreach Community Care Network. He loved animals, especially reptiles. He was an avid reptile collector from an early age. One of Jeremiah’s favorite places to visit and rest was the beach. Growing up on Long Island fostered this love and he made sure that wherever he resided, whether it be Costa Rica or the Daytona area, that there was always a beach nearby.

One of the resounding sentiments from many people who love Jeremiah is that he was full of life and laughter. He loved to tell jokes and to ensure that everyone around him was laughing and that they felt loved. Jeremiah was known for his generosity, welcoming smile, and peaceful nature. He coveted peace and family.

Jeremiah was preceded in death by his Mother, Gladys Marie Pettyjohn, and Father, Michael Thomas. He is survived by his sister, Lisa Gail Driver (Stacey), His nieces Rachel Haywood (William), Amanda Desimone (John), Sarah Maye, and His Nephew Timothy Maye, 3 great nephews and a great-niece, as well as a host of cousins and friends who have become family over the years.

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  1. Douglas Reilly says:
    23 Jul 2023
    Just heard of Jeremiah's passing . First met him on Long Island years ago and reconnected with him in Daytona about 25 years ago. Makes me feel sad to know that he's gone.
    Was always very supportive of me and would make me feel better whenever I saw him. I know the last couple of years were a real struggle for him, I sincerely hope he has found peace and serenity .

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  8. Rachel Maye Haywood says:
    25 May 2023
    We are deeply saddened to inform you that our beloved brother, uncle, and friend Jeremiah K. Thomas transitioned from this life to eternity. His family would like to thank everyone for your condolences, prayers, and thoughts during this difficult time.

    The funeral will be held on Thursday, June 1st, 2023 at 1 pm and will take place at

    Our Lady of Lourdes
    201 University Blvd.
    Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    To Send Flowers:
    Our Lady of Lourdes Parish – Daytona Beach
    Preferably Red Roses/Red Flowers
    (386) 947-7273

    If you would like to send monetary condolences, please, donate to the Human Rights Campaign

  9. Charles Bobo says:
    25 May 2023
    Jeremiah was always happy and a joy to be around. He loved to tell jokes and make people smile. He is the kind of person everyone wanted to be around.

  10. Francine Porter says:
    25 May 2023
    I will always remember Jerry’s smile and laugh. When I would spend time w Lisa, he would always tease and make us laugh. Jerry will be remembered with love and fond memories. So nice to read about his accomplishments and how he loved the beach. ☀️

  11. Sonia CooperBryan says:
    23 May 2023
    I will miss you my friend. Always and Forever

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  13. Sarah Maye posted an image:
    23 May 2023
    From left to right:<br />
Sarah (niece), Tim (nephew), Jerry, Rachel (niece)
    From left to right:
    Sarah (niece), Tim (nephew), Jerry, Rachel (niece)

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    23 May 2023
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