Steven Lee Thomas was born in Nashville, TN on May 31, 1953 to his mother, Nano, and father, Grumps. Steve was the second youngest of six kids: Lucy, Larry, Carol, Johnny and Susan. His older sisters lovingly referred to him as their “baby boy”.
The family moved to New Albany, Indiana when Steve was five. Steve attended Silver Street elementary school, Hazelwood Middle School and graduated from New Albany High School in 1971, where he played football. Steve was a valued and jovial contributor to the NAHS radio station and his love of radio, music and broadcasting took him to Atlanta after high school to attend the Turner School of Broadcasting. Steve’s parents received a personal letter from the school noting Steve’s “promising career in broadcasting”.
Two years later, Steve moved back to New Albany from Atlanta to be closer to his family. He loved spending time with his many dear friends and lived at 2001 Culberson Ave in New Albany with several of his closest lifelong friends. Steve had so many good friends and they will all miss his laughter.
Steve met his wife Mary Ann in 1978 and married in 1980, welcoming with loving arms into his life, his daughter Melanie. In 1984 Steve’s daughter Allison was born making his family complete. Allison and Steve were best friends, spending many hours at a time talking and enjoying each other’s company. Steve was a devoted father and husband and loved to be at home with his family. He supported his Mary Ann, Melanie and Allison with loving words and unwavering compassion. There was nothing Steve would not do for his family.
Over the last 42 years, Steve established himself as a well-respected and talented electrician and electrical estimator, making many lifetime friends. He worked at Anderson Electric, Kelley Electric, HECO Electric and Thurman O’Connell quickly moving up the ranks from electrician to project manager. Ten years later he moved to Arrow Electric where he assumed an Electrical Estimator position working on many large scale commercial and industrial electrical projects. Steve took great pride in his work and will be fondly remembered by many in his field.
Steve loved music and bestowed his love of music to everyone around him. His musical love spanned many genres including bluegrass, and rock and roll. Steve loved discovering new music. One of his favorite ways to spend his time was sitting outside on his porch at lake Patoka listening to the crickets, looking at the stars with a good song playing. Some of his many favorites are John Prine, JJ Cale, Emmy Lou Harris, Howlin’ Wolf, and Leo Kotkke.
Steve was an avid bass fisherman (catch and release only) and was happiest on a boat. In 2007, Mary Ann and Steve bought a woodsy and secluded camp near lake Patoka where they spent many relaxing and peaceful weekends in the summer. He loved to listen to and identify birds including the whippoorwills, owls and songbirds.
Probably one of the happiest times of his life, Steve become a grandfather to his two granddaughters Macy Hail McLeod and Mabel Ann Marie McLeod. Steve loved his granddaughters more than anything. The girls brought out a special sparkle in his eyes and he treasured his time with them. He bought his granddaughters their first teddy bears which they sleep with every day to remember him. Macy and Mabel loved their Papi dearly and they shared many laughs together. They will remember his warm hugs, smiling face and gentle spirit.
Throughout his entire life, Steve was a devoted animal lover and had many canine companions. Steve had wanted a bulldog since graduating from New Albany High School and in 2015 got his first French Bulldog, Sherman. In 2017 his second French bulldog Rosie chose never to leave Steve after a month of dog sitting. She happily chose Steve and Mary Ann as her new owners. Sherman and Rosie will miss cuddling with him every day.
Steve loved a good home cooked meal and enjoyed spending time with friends, laughing, telling stories and listening to music. He leaves a memory of sparkling blue eyes and a kind gentle soul. Steve always had a smile on his face and greeted everyone with sincere happiness to see them. He was a patient man who always saw the best in everyone. He was a kind sweet soul and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Steve died at his camp at Patoka lake, his happy place, on June 12, 2020. He always said that when he passed away, he wanted to go out on a boat and never come back.
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