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Howard Unterio Thomas

October 27, 1978 — January 29, 2024

Howard Unterio Thomas

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Edwards Small Mortuary announces with our deepest sympathy the passing of Howard Unterio Thomas on January 29, 2024. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends. 

Mr. Howard Unterio Thomas was born on October 27, 1978, to Ms. Laura L. Bakon and the late Mr. Howard Thomas at Peach County Hospital. “Peewee”, as he was affectionately called by his family and “E$ko” by friends, attended the public schools of Crawford and Peach Counties. On October 26, 1996, Peewee became a father. Keiyone Unterio was born just an hour shy of Peewee’s 18th birthday. To make a better life for himself and his son, he enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1997.

 In March of 2000, he met the love of his life, Dana, at Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin while attending a military class. They were married on January 2, 2003, and Kayden Unterio was born to this union. Peewee would shortly leave in 2003 to Iraq for war. He would return home and continue his military career until he retired on January 20, 2019. 

Peewee was a strong and generous person. He had a love for motorcycles at an early age, riding along the dirt roads of Zenith. After traveling many roads on various motorcycles, Peewee purchased his dream motorcycle, a Harley Davidson, which he named “Wind Stalker.” He made plenty of friends along the way because he loved to crack jokes. He loved cooking, grilling, and repairing things, and he started his own business, Scorpion Handy Services. He was so full of life and laughter. 

On January 29, 2024, after a brief illness, our dearly beloved “Peewee” went to to join God’s Army. There with open arms to welcome him in were his father, Mr. Howard Thomas; maternal grandparents: Mr. Willie B. Bakon, Sr. and Mrs. Leonia Hill Bakon; paternal grandparents: Mr. David Rumph and Ms. Gladys M. Thomas; uncles: Mr. Terry Thomas, Sr. and Mr. Harold Thomas; aunts: Ms. Lillian Thomas and Ms. Gail Thomas Jones along with great-grandparents, cousins, great uncles, great-aunts, and friends. 

Peewee will always hold a special place in the hearts of his wife of 21 years, Mrs. Dana Boone-Thomas of Fayetteville, North Carolina, sons: Mr. Keiyone Unterio Thomas of Atlanta, GA, and Mr. Kayden Unterio Thomas of Fayetteville, NC; mother, Ms. Laura L. Bakon, Fort Valley, GA.; sister, Ms. Hieatha Thomas Solomon, Atlanta, GA; a niece and nephew whom he raised as his own kids: Ms. Sharkeevia Janay Solomon, Warner Robins, and Mr. Ja’Quavius Tramaine Solomon, Atlanta, GA.; a great niece, Ms.Khori Chanel Whitby, Warner Robins, GA.; mother in law, Mrs. Cathy (Daniel) Parker, Annapolis, MD.; father in law, Mr. Tony Boone(Phyllis), Brandywine., uncles: Mr. Willie B. Bakon, Jr. (Glenda) Macon, GA, Mr. Stanley D. Bakon, Mr. Pernell Thomas, and Mr. Daryl Thomas, all of Fort Valley, GA; aunts: Mrs. Christine Goodman, Ms. Iona Thomas, Ms. Sandra Goodman, all of Fort Valley, GA, and Ms. Rosa Griffin, Annapolis, MD; two great aunts: Ms. Eunice N. Jones, Conley, GA and Ms. Missie L. Dean, Morrow, GA; one great uncle, Mr. Jimmie Lee Rumph, Fort Valley, GA; devoted friends who were always there to talk to him: Mr. Anthony Nelson, Sumter, SC, Mr. Antonio Cliett, Macon, GA, Mr. Ronnie Chatfield, Warner Robins, GA, Mr. Kershawn Williams, Roberta, GA, and Mr. Maurice Scott of Annapolis, MD; his goddaughter, Ms. Shakira Minor, Annapolis, MD; and his PTSD service animal, Luna; and a host of other friends, family, and loved ones.


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