Riley Thurman Thomas
January 19, 1994  -  July 21, 2017

Riley Thurman Thomas

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Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home
1148 East Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL  34787
Friday, July 28, 2017
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Beulah Baptist Church
671 Beulah Road
Winter Garden, FL  34787
Saturday, July 29, 2017
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Orlando Memorial Gardens
5264 Ingram Road
Apopka, FL  32703
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Riley Thurman Thomas, 23, of Ocoee, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017. He was born January 19, 1994 to Gary and Deana Thomas in Ocoee, and lived his whole life there. He was homeschooled and played football at Foundation Academy. Riley was a Electrical Lineman at Valiant Power and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He attended Orlando Free Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his four brothers, Gary III (Grace), Jesse, Benjamin and Ethan; and his grandparents, Gary and Sandy Thomas. He was preceded by his maternal grandparents, Jack and Daphine Spivey.


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  1. Anne Pollick
    106 Crescent Moon Drive, Groveland, FL

    Gary and Sandy, my heart is with you both. The sudden loss of a family member especially a loved grandson is so hard to work through. My heart is with you during this time of grieving and with your family. Prayers for peace and comfort. Love, Anne

  2. Rick & Elaine Lengyel
    Groveland, FL

    Gary, Deana and family,
    Listening to Riley's grandparents this past week let us know just how proud you all are of him and the enormous amount of love that goes out to Riley. What a difference his single life has made to all of you.
    Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy,
    Rick & Elaine Lengyel

  3. Dale, Felicia, & Family
    Orlando, FL

    Riley was a gentle giant full of life, a free spirit, like a son to us, like a brother to our children. He will truly be missed. Thomas Family will always be our family. God makes no mistakes. No doubt there will be times of great grief and sadness and it's very natural but when those times arise do your best to remember the good times and be thankful for his time with us.

    "It is not a loss to leave this earth, it is a lasting, perpetual gain." CH Spurgeon & a little a personal touch 💛.

    Much Love & Prayers Always!

  4. Linda
    Arlington, TX

    Charles Spurgeon said, God walks among His beautiful roses and stops and there he picks his favorite. Riley, we will miss you, but we will try to invision heaven through your eyes.God gives and He has given so much joy through you.

  5. Vin & Irma Santanelli
    Groveland, FL

    As part of Gary and Sandy's Trilogy family, please accept our sincerest condolences. There is no greater loss and our hearts are broken for you. Our prayers are with you all. Vin & Irma Santanelli

  6. Jimmy and Cyndi Wise

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers we pray for comfort in this difficult time.

  7. Rev & Mrs Reginald Cranston
    Port Hope, FL

    Dear Gary, Deana and Boys, Although we will not be in attendance at your son Riley's funeral, we will be with you in prayer. May you be aware of the presence of the Saviour, who is, "a Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief." He knows and understands how you feel. Isa.41:10,13.

  8. Bill snd Chris Trimble
    Woodbury, NJ

    Dear Gary and Deana, we were stunned and deeply saddened to hear of your loss of Riley. We are praying for you and the family. May our Lord comfort you all during this time.

  9. Thomas and Glynis McKew

    So sorry to hear the devastating news about Riley. Remembering you in our prayers.

  10. Brian and Rhonda Smith
    Winter Garden, FL

    Gary and Deana,

    May God give your family strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all.

  11. Doug & Teresa Rouse
    Ocoee, FL

    Dear Gary, Deanna, and Family,
    We are so sorry that Riley had to leave you so soon. Our prayers are with you all. Every time I drive by your house, I send up a prayer for you all! Every time God brings you to my mind, I pray for you. We love you!
    Doug & Teresa

  12. Christina Lee
    Sanford, FL

    My prayers to the Thomas family.

  13. Carmen Villafane
    Clermont, FL

    Deana & Gary, May God bless you and your family. Heaven has gained an Angel. Hugs and prayers to you and your boys.

  14. Joyce Oliver
    Ocoee, FL

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your Family. You are in my prayers, I cannot image losing a child!! Prayers and Hugs for all of you

  15. Howard & Charlotte Blackburn
    Citronelle, AL

    Our hearts are breaking for you both as well as your sons. Praying you will feel Gods presence and comfort .

  16. Sean and Kristy Carroll
    Clermont, FL

    We are so saddened by your family's loss. We pray you feel God's comfort at this time and always.

  17. Ray and Robbie Reaves

    So sorry for your lose. We are praying for comfort in these sad times. God bless your family

  18. Robert and Barbara Walsh
    Debary, FL

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know your family is in our prayers.

    In God's Love,
    Robert and Barbara Walsh

  19. Mark & Rena
    Winter Garden, FL

    Our thoughts and prayers for the Family .

  20. Lynne Bergh
    Butler, PA

    God Bless you and keep you. You are always in my prayers.

  21. Evan Massey
    Greenfield, IN

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers your way that God will comfort the entire family.

  22. Dale & Rebecca Canaday(Johnson)
    Monticello, FL

    Please know that there is a sunrise for each soul, and God promised eternal life for all of us, take comfort in His promise. We love you all and will be praying for all of you.

  23. Linda and Stanley Black
    Elba, AL

    Deana and family, There are no words that I could say to ease your broken hearts. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Lynda and Stanley Black

  24. Mark & Paula Spivey
    Jasper, IN

    Gary, Deana and boys,our hearts are breaking for you. Please remember God is in control. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love y'all.

  25. Tracy Richards
    Winter Garden, FL

    Taylor Rae and I are sending our love and prayers. May the beautiful memories you hold shine bright and bring peace to your hearts. Thinking of all of you.

    Tracy and Taylor Rae Richards

  26. Lisa Craft
    Knoxville, TN

    There are no words I can say to comfort you in the way you need right now, but please know that my heart and love are with you and limitless prayers are covering your family. Hand it all over to Him.

    "Trust in the Lord your God & lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

  27. Richard & Susan Ogburn

    Our prayers go out to the Thomas family.

  28. Dustin & Christy
    Sanford, FL

    Riley was such an amazing person inside and out. We are so thankful for the time we had with him and we'll cherish it forever. Our thoughts & prayers are the Thomas family.

  29. Mervyn and Tricia
    Northern Ireland,

    So saddened by the passing of Riley.
    A great young man cut off in the start of his adult life.

    He loved his mum and dad and all his brothers

    We will miss him sorely when we visit.

    The Lord will give you all strength to come through this.

    God Bless you all.
    M and T

  30. Mileen Johnson
    Cross City, FL

    Deana and Gary, I'm so sorry for the loss of your son. Please know that your family will continue to be in my prayers. Love y'all....

  31. Wade Holt

    I am so sorry to hear about Riley. I pray for peace and comfort during this terrible time.

  32. Rev. and Mrs. Carlos Perez
    Cross City, FL

    Dear Thomas family:
    We want to extend our sympathies to your family. You are in our prayers .
    In Christ
    Bro. Carlos and Miss Diane

  33. Brent McCoy

    Prayers to the Thomas family

  34. Paige

    My prayers are with the family , Riley was an amazing person.

  35. Kevin Loggins

    I feel very fortunate to have known this young man. Tremendous heart and soul will truly be missed by many

  36. Lendell and Wilma Riels
    Cross City, FL

    God Bless and Comfort all of his family. Prayers for you all

  37. Larry Walker

    Continued prayers for peace and comfort. We love y'all and are here for you whatever you need.

  38. Kim Fleming Carter
    Howey in the Hills, FL

    Gary and Deana, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My deepest sympathy and prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

  39. Jack and Sheena Cooper
    Crawfordville, FL

    Thomas Family,
    Our hearts,thoughts and prayers are with you all. With lots of love,
    Jack and Sheena

  40. Mandy Hardwick
    Springville, IN

    To Deanna, Gary, and your boys, we are so very sorry for your great loss in losing Riley. Our hearts are aching for you during this time. I wish we had been able to see him grow up throughout the years, but from all accounts I've heard he was a wonderful young man. I pray that Christ will continue to uphold each of you and bring the peace that only He can. We love you.


  41. Lisa Henry Drury
    Pierson, FL

    My love and many prayers!

  42. Beth ledford
    Sanford, FL

    You will be missed !!! Rest rest easy . Love you bro

  43. Dana Black-Demetree
    Clearwater, FL

    Deana (my sweet friend)and family, may you find peace and comfort in God's grace as you walk together during this tragedy. Many thoughts and prayers.. Much love..
    The Demetree Family

  44. Oneka Bostwick
    Winter Garden, FL

    Deana, we became friends years ago thru our parents and Junior High. I will always cherish our friendship. I'm praying for strength and peace in this difficult time. Just know I'm here and available.

  45. Samie Bennett
    Mount Dora, FL

    God Bless the Thomas family in thier time of need. Sending my condolences and prayers

  46. Amanda williford
    Rebecca, GA

    Was a blessing to have met you.I will always remember you and lon catching snakes,gators and anything else that would show up and I love and miss you riley.

  47. Lon williford
    Rebecca, GA

    Great friend,great pole buddy,you are missed my friend. I love you brother

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