The family of Sgt. Robert Zealand Thomas Jr., of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, went to be with his Lord and Savior unexpectedly on June 9, 2019, at the age of 79 in Atlanta, Ga.

The viewing will be held Friday, July 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. The second viewing will be held Saturday, July 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lutheran Nazareth Church with services to follow right after at 11 a.m.

Interment is at Cruz Bay Cemetery.

Robert was the second child born to the union of Robert Thomas Sr. and Rhynita Sprauve on March 24, 1940, in St. John, United States Virgin Islands. He was the grandson of Jacob Henry "Pipa" Thomas and Amanda Penn.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Corina; four children, Wayne, Wilma, Melissa and Robert III; daughter-in-laws, Denise and Vanessa Thomas; grandchildren, Dalia, Makeyba, Makeel, Nia, Reyanna, Mahlik, Micah, and Malachi; great granddaughter, Carlie Thomas; sisters, Lorraine Fleming (deceased), Jennifer Richardson (deceased), and Ruth Powell (deceased); brothers, Romeo (deceased), Mario (deceased), attorney Henry Sr., Alphonse (deceased), Raymond Sr., Paul, and Capt. Calvin Thomas Sr.; sister-in-laws, Judge Barbara, Emma and Patsy Thomas, Carolyn Cort, Carol Lettsome, Charlene Mayne, Terralyn Hodge, and Beryl Smith; brother-in-laws, Milton Cort, Jacob Lettsome (deceased), Ray Richardson, Clinton (deceased), Clifton and Calvit Hodge, Selwyn Powell; aunt, Idalia Sprauve; uncles, Alfredo Smith, Alphonse and Aubrey Thomas, Julius and Elroy Sprauve; adopted sons, Henry Alexander and Ishmael Brathwaite; adopted daughters, Lovin James, Hidie Dowe, and Marion Brathwaite; goddaughter, Janice Hodge; caregivers, Ishmael and Marion Brathwaite (Atlanta) -- Keith and Beverly Fenton (St. Thomas); special friends, Maria Dowe, Joan Desilva, and Judy Maynard; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

Robert was predeceased by his parents, Robert Thomas Sr. and Rhynita Sprauve.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services.

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