Willie Earl Thomas, 59, of Granite City, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born May 20, 1955, to Hallie Thomas in Aberdeen, Miss.
He married Pamela E. Hill on Sept. 12, 2003, in Edwardsville.
Willie was veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a home body who loved his grandchildren and enjoyed being behind a camera but never in front.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela E. Thomas of Granite City; mother, Hallie Thomas of St. Louis; daughter, Tera Butler of Granite City; son, Russell Hill of Granite City; three grandchildren, Deven and Shane Butler and Alyssa Love; brother, Anthony Thomas; three sisters, Deanne Leopold, Annette Covington and Pamela Thomas, all of St. Louis; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Maurice, David, Stanley and Terry Thomas.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Wojstrom Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with professional services. Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.