You’ve come along way Jim Thomas! Happy 100th!

April 11, 2021

Editor’s Note: On Saturday, April 11,  a community celebration was held in honor of long-time resident Jim Thomas who celebrated his 100th birthday on March 31. Hundreds of church friends, fellow Marines, and numerous other family and friends gathered throughout the early afternoon Saturday  in Central Park to extend well wishes. Jim entered the marines as a young man and served during World War II.  He was part of the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific. Jim lived all of his life in Nassau County and is a much-loved member of our community. Years ago, the First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach named its fellowship hall in Jim’s honor.

This photo taken in 1929 shows the 1st and 2nd Grades in Yulee Florida. Although many of the students are unidentified, we do know Jim Thomas is circled in red! First: Row Boy #1 is Douglas Hagan, Boy #4 Jim Thomas,’ 2nd Row” Girl Number -1 Harriette Higginbotham, 2 – Suzanne Davis, 5, Margaret McKendree, 7 – Jo Ella Hughes. Teacher is Miss Little and Pricipal Mr. Gregory.
Jim Thomas and one of his three daughters Linda Armstrong, great guests.
The birthday boy Jim Thomas speaks to the crowd.

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