Service to be Tuesday For Franklin E. Thomas, 86

Franklin Edward Thomas

A celebration of the life of Franklin Edward Thomas will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Salvation Army, 405 Sawmill Creek Road. Refreshments will be served.

Franklin was promoted to glory Sept. 22, at SEARHC. He was 86.

Franklin was born Feb. 5, 1937, in Kake, the son of Bob and Esther Thomas. After graduating from Mt. Edgecumbe High School he returned to Kake, but when he was in his 20s he and his bride Virginia moved to Sitka, where he joined the National Guard.

He worked as a cook at Mt. Edgeumbe Hospital for 40 years, and after his retirement his joy was to remain at home, making sure his family was taken care of.

He loved Gold Medal Basketball, and attended faithfully each year.

Franklin was preceded in death by the love of his life, Virginia Thomas, to whom he was married for 64 years. He also was preceded in death by Frank Thomas Jr., Edward Dale, Mildred Evonne, Marlene Rose and Daniel Thomas.

He is survived by his son, David Thomas of Sitka; granddaughters Gena Johnson of Sitka and Amanda Jones of Colorado; grandson Scott Thomas of Sitka; brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Gini Thomas of Saxman; sister Rosemary Thomas of Juneau; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Those wishing more information may call Flo Murray, 907 623-8464.

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At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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