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Thomas Giles Amos
(December 17, 1930 - December 30, 2012)

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Thomas Giles Amos

Thomas Giles Amos, 82 of Scruggs, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 30, 2012. He was born December 17, 1930 and was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Eliza Amos, brother, Wayne, sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Walter Brown and brother-in-law, Bill Clarke. Thomas is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Woodford Amos; seven children, Bobby Amos (Patty), Donnie Amos (Genie), Ronnie Amos (Wanda), Jerry Amos, Denise Metts (Steve), Jimmy Amos (Ashley), and Dana Shelburne (Skip). He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Joey Amos & Chris Amos (Nichole), Nathan, Michael, & Zachary Amos, Jeremy, Jonathan, and U.S. Army specialist Joshua Amos, Benjamin & Corey Metts, Jackson & Lucas Amos, and Kirstin & Elizabeth Shelburne; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Metts and Izek Amos. Also surviving are sisters, Lottie Clarke, Barbara Cannaday (Richard), Gail Melton (Bill); brothers-in-law Henry Woodford (Lucille) and Lynwood Woodford (Betty); numerous nephews and nieces; a special caregiver, Katie Hodges; and special friends, Becky and Jay Saunders. Thomas will be missed by many. He always had a twinkle in his eye, was an avid conversationalist and was able to offer good advice about just about anything. He rarely met a stranger. Thomas was married to Barbara for 57 years and was blessed with seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren to whom he passed a love of family and respect for others. He loved hunting and fishing and was a faithful, hard-working tobacco and dairy farmer, volunteer fire fighter, school bus driver, and business owner during his 82 years. Thomas was often seen on one of his John Deere tractors or dressed in his bibbed overalls on his boat on Smith Mountain Lake, which filled in part of his family farm in the sixties. Those bibbed overalls were his daily uniform except when he attended church on Sundays. He was a lifelong member of Mount Ivy Christian Church, which was built by his grandfather. He was a charter member of the Scruggs and Burnt Chimney Volunteer Fire Departments and was a member of the Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and Burnt Chimney Fire Department. He drove a school bus for Franklin County Schools for 40 years and considered all of his bus riders “his” children. He was the owner and operator of AA&W Plumbing and Electrical and managed his family’s Smith Mountain Lake campground for many years. His favorite hang-outs included Saunders Mart and Saunders Sporting Goods in Moneta. His most recent travels included a hunting trip with his sons to Craig, Colorado and a cruise with his wife, family and friends to Alaska, and a cruise with his wife, family and friends to the Caribbean. Christmas-time at the Amos house is always special with almost 100% of his large family’s attendance every year. Thomas will hold a special place in our hearts forever and will be remembered fondly by many. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Flora Funeral Chapel with Steve Pasley, Minister officiating. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park. His family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

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