CAMPBELL, Ohio – Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at New Bethel Baptist Church for Thomas Veal, 61, Campbell, who departed this life Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Mercy Health surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Veal was born May 19, 1956 in Youngstown, a son to the Late James T. and Emma Russ-Veal, Sr.
Thomas’ life training began in part with his acceptance of Christ at an early age in the New Bethel Baptist Church under the tutelage of the late Rev. L.A. Simon.
Thomas was educated in the Youngstown City School District.
After high school, Thomas was proud to have served his country serving in the U.S. Army where he served as a squad leader while also studying accounting and stock control graduating first in his class.
In 1977 Thomas relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where he spent ten years working in the hotel Industry returning to Ohio in the late 80’s. Upon Thomas’ return to the city he was employed by Clean Net in which he was given the opportunity after eight years of employment to own his own franchise which he ran for two years.
Thomas was a sports enthusiast and a learned stats man. His knowledge and love for Cleveland sports was legendary.
Thomas was a longtime survivor of renal disease being one of the oldest surviving renal patients in history having survived nearly 35 years with this disease which was most of his adult life. Thomas never complained or missed his treatments, he educated himself about renal disease as well became a Network Patient Representative for The Renal Network helping to educate others about the disease.
Thomas is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ruth M. Veal; daughters, Tomika (Bernard) Barnes of Columbus and Tenise (Steven) Weaver of Atlanta; his siblings, LuDella Veal and Veronica (Dennis) Mosley both of Youngstown, Jamie Veal of Jacksonville Florida and James (Lori) Veal, Jr. of Memphis; his grandchildren, Jamie, Christopher, Jalen and Tionci; two aunts, Katie Caige of Youngstown and Savannah Veal of Indianapolis and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Robbie Tate and Gwennetta Russ. Thomas is also survived by his extended family which included all of the families on W. Delason Ave., on the city’s south side affectionately known as “D-Block”. He appreciated you all.
Awaiting Thomas at Heaven’s gates are his parents; sister, Princess Veal; a nephew, Eric L. Veal; his grandparents, Mr. Eddie Russ, Mrs. Emma Dorsey and Mrs Mattie Caige.
A special thank you to Aldridge Jones, David Simms and the tenants at Vasu Manor who showed Thomas a lot of love and concern during his illness. The family would like to also thank all of the attending physicians and nurses at the St.Elizabeth 4th floor ICU as well as the staff, nurses and physicians at Select Specialty Hospital
Friends may call Saturday, September 23 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
A television tribute will air Thursday, September 21 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.