Joseph Deer Thomas, MD, 87, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at his home in Denmark, SC. Funeral services will be held at the Denmark First Baptist Church on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at the Denmark Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home at 695 Guess Drive in Denmark, SC on Friday, January 13 from 6 to 8 PM. Dr. Thomas attended the Citadel and graduated from Yale University. He received his medical degree from MUSC in 1948. He served the area for six decades and was honored by his fellow physicians and colleagues by being named the 1990 South Carolina Family Physician of the Year. In 2000, Dr. Thomas was awarded The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor of the state of SC. Making house calls was a regular part of Dr. Thomas’ practice throughout his years. His well-worn black doctor’s bag will be remembered by many. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, First Baptist Church of Denmark, SC, Bethel Park United Methodist Church of Denmark, SC or a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Mercer Funeral Home of Denmark. Visit our guestbook at Tags: 1945

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