CARBONDALE — Dr. William "Bill" Edwin Thomas, 84, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.

Bill was born Jan. 1, 1935, in Cairo.

One of the many notable achievements of Dr. Thomas was being appointed and having served as the first Black Superintendent of Schools in Carbondale from 1983 to 1987. He labored diligently to facilitate and resolve serious morale problems in the district and community.

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Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in Agape Church, 701 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211. Burial, with military honors, will be at 1 p.m. following the funeral, in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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