Stephen Baker Thomas

February 4, 2019

CHARLOTTE – Mr. Stephen Baker Thomas, 63, passed away unexpectedly this past Monday, February 4, 2019 while returning home from a ski trip.  He was born in Charlotte on April 11, 1955 to the late Carl and Elinor Thomas.

Steve attended Myers Park High School and graduated in 1973 from Christ School in Asheville, NC, where he played basketball.  He went on to attend the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1977.  He was a proud member of the Delta Chapter of Sigma Nu while at South Carolina.

Steve was a long-time owner of America-Europa Inc., which led to his frequent world travels.  Traveling the world and planning elaborate trips was something he very much enjoyed, even when he wasn’t working.  He was very passionate about “that rock & roll music”, frequently attending concerts of his favorite artists.  He loved to play golf, ski, play basketball, and especially enjoyed coaching his children’s church-league basketball teams.  He was also very much in love with his four dogs he had throughout life, especially his “secretary”, Millie.  Steve knew not a single stranger, and his love for life can only be matched by how much life itself seemed to love him in return.

Steve is survived by Joanie Starr Thomas, his wife of thirty-nine years; son, Hilton Jagels Thomas; daughter, Stevie Bergen Thomas; brothers, Jeff Thomas and his wife, Martha and Jim Thomas and his wife, Susan; sister, Jennifer Tennyson and her husband, Nick; his mother-in-law, Nancy Starr Wood; and brothers-in-law, Thrower Starr and Jake Starr.  He also is survived by his many nieces and nephews, and his many, MANY friends whom he always considered family.

A visitation in his memory will be held Sunday evening, February 10, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 PM at 3825 Bonwood Drive, Charlotte, NC  28211.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.  Friends are invited to greet the family at Providence Road Sundries following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made out to the Youth Basketball Program at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • megan and stephanie kiser

    so sorry for the loss of Steve, prayers to all family and close friends.

  • Beth Hymson Ayer

    Joanie, I am so so sorry to have learned of Steve’s passing. Know that I send you and your family love and support during this time. May Steve’s memory be a blessing. Much love, Beth Hymson Ayer

  • Laine Clontz

    One never really knows what to say at a time of such loss. The church service was beautiful and the packed sanctuary a testament to them many lives that Steve touched. I can only say that memories last forever and hope that you hold them close to your heart as you remember all the wonderful times with Steve. May God hold you in his loving arms.

  • Shillinglaws

    He always had a smile on his face! He will be missed.
    Ron & Lynnne

  • Susan McCaslin

    Our deepest condolences to Steve's family and extended family at the loss of my younger cousin Steve. I'm the oldest cousin on the Thomas side of the family and remember Steve as a vibrant red-headed boy playing exuberantly at Daytona Beach where my grandparents Carl and Myrtle lived. Steve was a force of nature, and as a grown man extended the same delectable sense of humour and fun he had as a child wherever he went. We reconnected in both Vancouver and Seattle in later years and I was at Jim's wedding in 1982 (I believe that was the year). Joanie, Hilton, and Stevie are in our hearts and minds at this time along with Steve's siblings Jeff, Jim, and Jennifer and all their children and grandchildren. Steve will not be forgotten. Susan, Mark, and their daughter Claire

  • Peter Grain

    Deepest sympathies for your loss. Steve was a good friend to many and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Howard Jordan

    Thomas Family. I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Steve with his quick smile and laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Howard and Ammie Jordan

  • Betty Lou Haddock Brundick

    Joanie, Jennifer and families,

    How very sorry I am for your loss! Steve was truly one of the good guys with both a huge zest for life and a heart of gold. I had known him since AG and always enjoyed seeing him in all of the chapters of growing up over the many years. He was always so much fun! As we got older, I loved seeing how much he loved basketball at MPPC. He had the gift of brightening anyone’s day. When you talked to Steve, he had a way of giving you his total attention and laser focus. Hold the memories close! Sending love and keeping you all in my prayers!

    Betty Lou Haddock Brundick

  • Jan Hall Brown

    Dear sweet Joanie and the entire Thomas family,

    My husband Ed and my sister Meg join me in telling you how sorry we are for your loss of Steve! What a great man he was! He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
    Steve was delightful and ALWAYS so nice to everyone especially the entire Hall family. Meg and I remember how supportive Steve was to us and our brother Neal Hall when Neal was sick with Leukemia.

    Joanie, I know your memories of Steve will bring you great comfort. To me, memories are a special place in our hearts where we can find great solace when we lose such a special family member. The loneliness of losing a person who is so important in your life is immense beyond words. I hope you know that Meg, Ed and I care deeply and that you are in our prayers. We know this is a very tough time for you and your family. It is our belief that memories of our loved ones will NEVER be forgotten. That is the measure of a life well-lived. Our loved one's memories are alive and with us forever!!!! Your memories of Steve will never die. He was such a kind, generous and humble person. He will be missed forever.

    Much love and hugs to you and your family. Jan Hall Brown, Meg Hall Rallings and Ed Brown.

    When Meg and I think of Steve, we think of his incredible smile!!!! He will be sorely missed!

  • Cynthia

    Dearest Joanie and family,
    Steve and I are so very saddened by Steve's passing. As everyone who knew him, I have always described Steve as one of the absolute nicest guys one would ever meet. I will always remember as he once met my brother in law who lived in Georgia, after that, even as years would pass, when I would see Steve, he would always ask about my brother in law and sister. Steve was so very genuine and caring. He will be missed by everyone who ever met him. You can count on us for prayers for comfort for you and all your family. Love and hugs, Cynthia Wilkinson

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