Alice B. Thomas

Alice Beatrice Thomas, age 76, died Monday, March 4, 2019 at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in LaPlata, Maryland after a short illness. She crossed over into Glory to join her Lord Savior and have a reunion with family and friends she has not seen in a long time. There Alice is in a wonderful place where she will socialize, dance, sing and read to her heart’s content.

This is a synopsis of Alice’s life story. Brief because she fulfilled too many life roles to share with you here, however, some of those roles were more important because they shaped who she was, who she became and explains why she was loved, cherished and will always be missed. Alice, a wife of 56 years, is survived by her husband, Joseph Leroy Thomas, Jr.; her two children, Carl Joseph of Durham, NC and Mary Alice Oglesbee (John Allen, deceased) of N. Myrtle Beach, SC.; four grandsons, John Allen Oglesbee, Jr., Timothy Wayne Oglesbee (Brittany), Jeffery Thomas Oglesbee (Katie) and Jason Edward Thomas. She was also a great-grandmother of six; Camran Michelle, Carson Tyler, Ashlynn Marie, Landon Allen, Dylan Leroy, and Xavier Blake.

Alice was born 1943, in Charleston, West Virginia to Carl and Mary Ada Wheeler (both deceased). She was the first of seven children and in this large family learned the basics of one of her more important roles as a mother – she had a lot of responsibility in caring for her younger siblings. Alice is survived by her three brothers Daniel, Thomas and Lylburn Wheeler and her three sisters, Patricia Young, Deborah Dupont and Mildred Bailey. She was an aunt to 16 nieces and nephews who she treated more like grandchildren.

While her children were young, Alice was a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed spending time with her large family. She absolutely loved our large family time that was spent at the beach for weekend picnics, every Saturday night fun-filled dinners of delicious hamburgers and tomato soup, wonderful family holiday dinners with lots of singing along with Mitch Miller, and the always summertime competitive activity of pitching horseshoes. Alice and her dad, Carl, were the family champs! She and Leroy also loved to bowl and was on several league teams with her sister Debbie and ex-husband Ron. Part of Alice’s charms were: her infectious laugh, her fan devotion and arm-chair coaching of the Washington Redskins, her “must have” Avon products, her hobby of reading mystery novels and Stephen King, and the famous Sunday morning breakfasts where the team of Alice and Leroy could match any short order cook with their delicious breakfast offerings (they made the best home fries).

She enjoyed being active in her community and was an enthusiastic Booster Club member for the Boys and Girls Club. She encouraged and supported her children while they played baseball and sang in school choral groups. Alice had a deep affection for music. She loved to sing and dance along with her extensive music collection, or the car radio, and not just her car’s radio. When Alice took her first trip to Broadway to see The Jersey Boys, she was unconscious that she was singing along with the cast, and politely asked to “sing quietly”. She just knew music made her happy and she responded to it.

After her children were grown, Alice joined the Prince George’s Public School System where she was employed for 20 years as a Bus Driver. She eventually became a driver for the special needs children and she always had a caring relationship with each of her passengers…they loved ‘Miss Alice.’ After retirement, she spent time watching what she called “the best”, classic and western movies; she loved watching any western, especially John Wayne.

As you can see, she left her family rich in memories. So please take a moment and share your memories with us on-line at or click the link ‘Share a Memory.’

Funeral Services will be Friday, March 8, 2019, with visitation from 6pm – 7pm and service at 7pm at Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, MD. A grave site service will be on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10am – 10:30am at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, MD.

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