Jeffery Scott Thomas, age 60, passed away at his residence Feb. 24, 2023.
Jeff was born Sept. 30, 1962, in Eldorado to the late Jackie Dale Thomas and Patricia (Hicks) Thomas. Jeff was raised by his stepfather, Jim Ledbetter, and his mother, Patricia (Hicks) Ledbetter, from age 2 years old.
Jeff graduated from Harrisburg High School and continued his education, receiving an associate degree from John A. Logan in construction management. He continued on to SIU, obtaining his bachelor's degree in advanced technical studies.
Jeff was an avid sports fan and a devoted Cardinals fan from a very young age. His most precious memory from his youth was going to Cardinals games with his beloved grandpa, Harvey Hicks. Jeff and his significant other and companion of 37 years, Susan, enjoyed traveling, thrill rides and attending music concerts.
Jeff is survived by Susan Alecci; her daughter, Ashleigh (Jess) Slone; grandson Logan Byron; father and mother-in-law Michael and Beverly Alecci; sister Lisa (David) Bradford; nephew James Bradford and his family; aunt Gertrude Quertermous; cousin Ronnie Phillips and Jackye (Jeff) Klope; and his beloved cat and best buddy, Popeye.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Jim Ledbetter; mother Patricia (Hicks) Ledbetter; grandparents Harvey and Helen (Spurlock) Hicks; and aunt Marylin Phillips.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia. Rev. Dale Martin officiated. Burial was at Brushy Creek Cemetery in Harco. Sloan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.