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Kent Thomas Funeral Services 2/10/2018

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Funeral services will be held for Kent Thomas, SimpletrACtors.com Founder and Site Administrator

     Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Atchley Funeral Home in Seymour, TN.

     Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 pm followed by a brief service.

The day after losing his son Eli, Kent found out that he had contracted a rare form of cancer. He began taking treatments immediately. He continued administration of SimpletrACtors.com until near the end. 

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Terry Kent Thomas, age 65 of Sevierville, TN passed away Tuesday January 30, 2018. He was a 27 year Veteran of the USAF, Air National Guard, and Airforce Reserves. He was also the creator of simpletractors.com, which became the home of Simplicity and Allis Chalmers Collector Club. Kent was passionate about the club which is coming up on its 20th anniversary. His work created countless friendships, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Kent was equally passionate about his VW’s and was an avid collector. His most recent acquisition was his beloved 1986 Doka Syncro firetruck he had shipped from Sweden. He was preceded in death by his son, Elijah C. Thomas; parents, James E. Thomas and Neva E. Myers; sisters, Minnie Kathleen Thomas, Lois Josephine Thomas, Ima Jean Justus, and Alma Jean Matthews; and brothers, Billy Joe Thomas, Benny Ray Thomas, Jimmy Lewis Thomas, Tony Edgar Thomas, and Jackie Thomas; and sister-in-law, Barbara Thomas. Survivors include: wife, Cheryl Webb Thomas Ezell; sons and daughters-in-law, Marcus W. and Sheena Thomas, Gabriel Ramos, and Joshua G. Thomas; daughters and sons-in-law, Samuel and Andrea Krohn, David and Kayla Littrell, and Bryana D.T. Ezell; grandchildren, Tyler Reash, Shelby Krohn, Hunter and Hannah Thomas, Olivia and Kaitlyn Thomas; great-grandchild, Westyn Reash; brothers and sister-in-law, Dr. Roy Dale Thomas, Lowell T. and Helen Thomas; sister and brother-in-law, Neva Kaye Thomas and Beecher Berry; and special friends, Alfred Dale “Tiny” Reagan and Brenda, and William H. “Bill” Martin. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice or your church. Memorial service 3 PM Saturday in Atchley’s Seymour Chapel. The family will receive friends 1-3 PM Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour, 122 Peacock Ct., Seymour, TN 37865 (865) 577-2807. Online condolences may be made at (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)

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SimpletrACtor Family:

Kent Thomas, SimpletrACtors.com founder lost his son Eli on November 19, 2017. Losing a member of one's family is tough enough, but losing a child is tragic. Please join me in lifting up Kent, his family and loved ones keeping them in your thoughts and prayers. 

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macallis180

Oh, such sad news.  Will keep Kent and family in my prayers.  Thanks for letting all of us know.  Prayer has power, I know we have experienced it in tragic times such as Kent and family are facing now.

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SmilinSam

Kent,  I am truly sorry to hear this kind of bad news. There are no words to ease such pain, but know that we are all here  in heartfelt thought and  prayer  during the time that it will take to get through this..

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Kent

Thanks, everyone. Now complicating things is the fact that I was hospitalized yesterday, and diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I had hurt my back initially In early October, and been treating it with steroids, pain meds and PT.  Beginning late Saturday, I would experience a zap of spinal pain, the both legs collapse, putting me on the ground. After this continued an extended trip to the ER came with the above diagnosis. I began the first of 10 days of radiation and high-risk steroids to be followed by chemo....

So, other than a private military memorial for Eli tomorrow, he is being cremated, an other memorials or celebrations of life will come later....

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gwiseman

Update from Kent yesterday, 11/20/2017:

At ER, to address my spinal issues. Originally hurt my back o/a Oct 5th. Have been treating with PT and meds since no herniated discs, only bulging ones. Starting yesterday, my legs started suddenly collapsing, causing falls. The Lord is determined to put me on my knees....

Update: Initial diagnosis is multiple myeloma, which I had never heard of... Seems it is the second most common blood/blood marrow cancer after Non-Hopkins lymphoma. It has weakened my spine and in one location has cracked a vertebra enough to "pooch out" and pinch the spinal cord, which was causing the pain and numbness... They immediately started treatment with intensive steroids and radiation which will continue for 10 days, then transition to chemo-therapy....

When it rains it pours -- Morton Salt!

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12 minutes ago, Kent said:

Thanks, everyone. Now complicating things is the fact that I was hospitalized yesterday, and diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I had hurt my back initially In early October, and been treating it with steroids, pain meds and PT.  Beginning late Saturday, I would experience a zap of spinal pain, the both legs collapse, putting me on the ground. After this continued an extended trip to the ER came with the above diagnosis. I began the first of 10 days of radiation and high-risk steroids to be followed by chemo....

So, other than a private military memorial for Eli tomorrow, he is being cremated, an other memorials or celebrations of life will come later....

Kent, know that we are lifting you up in prayer and are available to help you and your family in your time of need. 

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jimmystractor

Kent, I am terribly sorry for your loss and recent diagnosis. Stay strong buddy. We are all praying for you and your family. 

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steve-wis

Kent,

My heart is aching for you.  We lost our daughter back in 1999 at the age of 21 to cancer, and I know there is no hurt I have ever felt that was that bad.  Please know  thru the grief and hurt and pain that there is life still to be lived.  We are not, and will never be, the same since, but with prayer, time, and good friends we are okay, and you will be too.

For your health, stay strong and trust that God knows all you feel and experience, and He is with you always!  We'll be praying for you!

Steve 

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bnolte

Kent, I am so sorry for the loss of your son, a coworker and one of my best friends lost his 23 year old son in a motorcycle accident a couple years ago, and still hasn't gotten over it,  but with time the grief will ease.  I will lift you and your family up in prayer as you take on the big C. Good luck and stay strong my friend. 

 

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macallis180

I believe it is important that this item stay on top.  Kent and family need all the prayers they can get, and this way we can reach someone that may not have had a chance to log in for a few days.

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B10Dave

Sorry for your loss Kent. I know exactly what you are going through at the present time. We lost my oldest boy 13 years ago at the age of 33. Parents are supposed to pass before their children and when it happens the other way around it sucks big time. Hope the Docs can reverse the cancer and you regain your health....Dave

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MARK (LI)

I am fairly new on here and I do not know Kent, but will be praying for him to deal with his loss and the medical treatments he is soon to undergo...and for his family to have the strength to deal with all of this...it is more than one family should endure....I hope you are feeling ok and getting better fast

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gwiseman

Update from Kent 11/30/2017:

After two bone marrow biopsies, we still don't have a pinpoint diagnosis on my cancer. The next step in the diagnostic process is a PET scan that they are starting the process to get approved and scheduled since they are typically only approved as outpatient tests. Waiting on that approval and since the radiation treatments are not done on weekends, I should be discharged tomorrow. I will will go home with in-home PT and OT and the necessary medical equipment, and we will finish the radiation treatments and PET scan as outpatient. Once the cancer is isolated, we can start discussing chemotherapy.

 

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