Jerre S. Thomas, II, 57
Master Sergeant Jerre S. Thomas, II, USMC (Ret.), of Quantico VA, died on April 12, 2018 in a motorcycle accident on I-95 on his way to work. He was born on December 11, 1960 in York, PA to the late Jerre S. Thomas and Francine Boyd (Thomas) Miler. MSGT Thomas was a career Marine Corps veteran who served honorably for 20 years, including time at the White House with the Military Press Corps during the presidencies of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. While serving, he became a Master Instructor of Photography within the Marine Corps, training hundreds of Marines in the fields of photography and videography. He retired in 2000 and went to work for the Department of Defense where he became Chief of Audiovisual Services for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He was also a member of the Quantico Town Council.
He is survived by his mother, Francine Miler, and his step-father, Edward (Ned) Miler of Summerville, SC; his romantic partner of 8 years, Abigail Kohn of Falls Church, VA and her daughter Esme Anna; his three children, Allison G. Thomas of Beaufort SC, Justin W. Calandra and his wife Kelly of Richmond VA, and Nathaniel S. Thomas, also of Richmond. Jerre has three grandchildren, Brianna Christine Leaha Thomas, James Lee Smith, and Ian Michael O'Toole Smith, all living in Beaufort, SC. His sister, Tracy Thomas Mitman, her husband Ed, of Summerton SC; nephews Matthew Mitman of Bowman SC and James Mitman, his wife Jennifer and their two sons of Summerville. Jerre is also survived by his step-brothers Michael Miler of Spring TX and Mark Miler, his wife Anna of Littlestown PA, their daughter Allison Miler of York PA, and a step-sister Diana Spencer of Montgomery TX.
Jerre will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, his work colleagues, and the town of Quantico, which he enjoyed immensely. He loved animals and was devoted to his dogs, Odie and Murphy, which he rescued from an animal shelter where he volunteered. He was a masterful entertainer who told amazing stories and engaging jokes, and he always welcomed people into his home, which he likened to - and decorated as - an Irish pub. He was an avid sailor and motorcyclist, a talented graphic artist, a skilled photographer, and a leader in local and community affairs. He was most passionate about his children and his family, the people he loved, and the Marine Corps. He was one of a kind, a really good man, and we will miss him.