November 23, 2014


Clarence “Hillbilly” DeWight Thomas

ThomasClarenceClarence “Hillbilly” DeWight Thomas, 71, of Elyria, passed away after a long illness, Saturday January 4, 2014, at his residence, with his family by his side.

Clarence was born October 29, 1942 in Hazelton, West Virginia, and attended Bruceton High School in Bruceton, West Virginia. He was employed by Ford Motor Co. for over 33 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge and UAW Local 425. Clarence had many interests, including auto repair, self-made mechanic, playing cards, an avid fisherman, love of his neighborhood, and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth (nee Early); daughters, Michelle Thomas of Columbia Station, Christine Thomas of Columbia Station, Becky (Bill) Wright of Camden Township; sons, Kenneth (Dotty) of Camden Township, Dale (Denise) of Garfield Hts., Jamie of Elyria, Matthew (DeAnna) of Elyria; brother, David (Esther) of Gormania, West Virginia; grandchildren, Steven, Wesley, Corey, Nikki, Heather, Debra, Danielle, Jessie, Andrew, Kayla, Billy, Chelsea, Breonna, Devin, Abbey, Logan, KaeLynn, Lily, Brittney, and Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Clarise, Morgan, Clifford, Cheyenne, Dylan, Kyra, and Aubrey; and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lulu (nee Spiker); brothers, Franklin and Robert; sister, Jessie Mae; and grandchildren, Bub, Ashley, and Destiny. Family will receive friends 5 until 8 P.M., Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57), where funeral services will be held 12 Noon Thursday January 9, 2014. Pastor Chuck Behrens, Chaplain of Hospice of the Western Reserve, will officiate. Burial will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests those who wish, may make contributions to the American Heart Association NE Ohio Affiliate, 1689 E. 115th Street Cleveland, OH 44106. Online condolences may be expressed at

  • Melissa L. Schnur

    I grew up on Stanford avenue and loved the Thomas family. Mr. Thomas was always so nice to us. I have a lot of good childhood memories of the Thomas family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Richard Sanders

    To the thomas family, we the sanders family will hold your family in our prayers and thoughts during this great loss to your family. Not only did i grow up knowing what a great guy Mr.Thomas was but had the priviledge of being his barber for the past few months, I am really sorry about our loss . God bless Laporte Barber Shop.