Billy Dean "Bo" Thomas, age 34, passed away April 10, in Kiln, MS at his residence. "Bo" as his family called him, was born May 06, 1987, in Slidell, the son of Donnie Dewayne Thomas and Carollyn Pashelk Thomas. Growing up in Pearl River, LA, Bo loved the great outdoors! At age fifteen he began learning the art of construction, where he made an honest living for the next twenty years. He was a kind and loving soul whose heart was so big and full of compassion for other people. Always willing to help, he was known to give the shirt off his back if someone needed it. Although Bo loved in a big way, he also desired to be loved just as big. Through some difficult trials in life, Bo found himself on a path that was ever so hard to overcome, and no matter how hard he tried, unfortunately the world was always bigger. No matter what, his family loved him immensely. If the love of his parents alone could have saved him, Bo would be here with us today. He leaves this life far too soon and will be forever loved and missed by all who truly knew him. Bo is preceded in death by his grandparents Billy Dean and Sally Ann Thomas. Left here to remember him are his parents Donnie (Dianna) Thomas of Bay St Louis, MS; his mom Carollyn Pashelk Thomas of Kiln, MS; his children: Collin, Calli, and Colton Thomas; brothers Nolan (Julie) Thomas of Kiln, and Thad (Ashley) Thomas of Slidell, with his sisters Lindsay Thomas of Pearl River, LA and Tabitha (Tim) Reisz, also of Kiln; his Uncle Pete (Julie) Thomas of Liberty, Tx and Aunt Dawne (Wesley) Johnson of Garden City, MO, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Services for Bo will be taken care of by the family and will be provided at a later date. A prayer offered by the family, "Dear God of All, we come to you grieving with broken hearts over our loved one who has become the victim of an overdose. Our Sorrow knows no depths as we consider the preciousness of the life lost and the cruelty of the addiction and the terrible accident that robbed them of a good life and caused their death. Those of us left behind feel victimized ourselves. We feel helpless because we have been robbed of huge pieces of our own life and our future by this merciless disease. Despite our sorrow, we pray for the strength to choose life. We choose to affirm the goodness and sacredness of the life of our loved one. We acknowledge their worth and your sight and we hold on to our love for them even through the pain. We pray that you will remove all traces of regret, guilt and shame from our hearts and minds. We pray your forgiveness and mercy over ever difficult incident between us and our loved one that was caused by the addiction. You know the road we have walked and often we have felt that we should be doing one more thing to help, prevent, or rescue. We lay this entire journey at your feet and offer it up to you as our baptism into the suffering of Christ, believing that we did the best we could and that this is all that you ask of us. We pray that you will give us the ability to honor the memory of our loved one and that we might celebrate their victories big and small. Help us to memorialize the enormous accomplishment of their ability to live under the heavy burden of addiction. Please welcome them into Your kingdom as a whole, healthy person you created, now restored to peace, wholeness and joy in your presence. We believe Your word that says, "no one dies to themselves." (Romans 14:7-8) We stand on the promise that at the time of this terrible accident that you were there with them in their final hours in supernatural ways that go beyond our understanding. Although we cannot bring our lost loved one back, we pray for the future when you will show us how to honor them by somehow taking up the good fight against addiction so that others might live. Right now, we are not ready, right now we pray that you will help us to take the time grieve and to heal. Simply place a small glimmer of hope in our hearts, that one day you will show us a healing path that will be unique to who we are and who our loved ones are. And so dear God, heal all of our yesterdays, strengthen and sustain us today and enlighten all of our tomorrows with your Holy Spirit. Amen." Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Thomas family in their time of need. Please remember all of them in your prayers over the coming days, as they cope with the tragic loss of their son and brother Bo.
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