A Guide to the Papers of William C. Thomas Sr., 1936-1946 Thomas, William C., Sr., Papers of 2005.4

A Guide to the Papers of William C. Thomas Sr., 1936-1946

A Collection in
Special Collections, Kegley Library
Collection Number 2005.4


Special Collections, Kegley Library, Wytheville Community College

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Special Collections, Kegley Library
Collection Number
William C. Thomas Sr. Papers, 1936-1946
Physical Characteristics
8 folders.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

William C. Thomas Sr. Papers, , Mss. Collection# 2005.4, Special Collections, Kegley Library, Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, VA

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary B. Kegley in 2005; part of the Mary B. Kegley Collection.

Biographical/Historical Information

William Crockett Thomas, the son of Charles Benton Thomas and Elizabeth Peirce Crockett Thomas, was born in Wytheville, Virginia on 30 March 1881. He attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and Saddlers, Bryant & Stratton Business School in Baltimore. He graduated from the Law School of Washington & Lee University and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1906. He practiced law in Wytheville for over fifty years. He also served as an Assistant Trial Judge and Judge of the Wythe County Court in his later years.

Thomas married Czarina Pettit, daughter of Dr. Absalom and Czarina Forbes Pettit of New Orleans, on 12 June 1912. They had three children: William Crockett Thomas Jr., Czarina Elizabeth Thomas, and Zaida Pettit Thomas . William C. Thomas Jr. served as an aviation mechanic in the Army Air Corps in England during World War II and became an engineer. His sister, Czarina, graduated from Virginia Intermont College and worked as a secretary in the Orthopedic Department at the University of Virginia Hospitals. Zaida Pettit Thomas married Dr. Marion Kemper Humphries in 1939 and resided in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Active in the community and church life, Thomas served on the Wytheville Town Council (1911-1912) and as mayor (1911-1916). He also was an active member of the Democratic Party being Wythe County Democratic Committee Chairman and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936. He also organized the Wythe County Farm Loan Association in 1917. He served as deacon and trustee of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church.

Thomas died on 8 May 1963 and Czarina Pettit Thomas died on 3 July 1974. Both are buried in East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Virginia.

Scope and Content

This collection contains personal correspondence to and from William Crockett Thomas, the bulk written during World War II. Correspondence include his wife Czarina Pettit Thomas, his son, William C. Thomas Jr., brother Charles Mitchell Thomas, and nephew Benton Hickok. Correspondence is arranged chronologically in eight folders.


Collection is arranged chronologically

Contents List

Folder 1. Correspondence 1936, 1940-1942
Folder 2. Correspondence 1943
Folder 3. Correspondence January - March 1944
Folder 4. Correspondence April 1944
Folder 5. Correspondence July - November 1944
Folder 6. Correspondence January - March 1945
Folder 7. Correspondence May - June 1945
Folder 8. Correspondence July - December 1945, January 1946, undated