Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Thomas, age 85, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away January 30, 2019. He is the son of the late Wilbur A. and Bessie O. Thomas and was born and raised in Brunswick County. He is a Graduate of the University of Richmond and a U. S. Army Veteran. He was the owner of Brunswick Insurance Agency and was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia. Gene loved his community and served on many boards such as the Old Brunswick Foundation; the Local Board of Southside Virginia Community College; the SVCC Foundation Board; Lawrenceville Brick Board of Directors; Sovran Bank; the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Greensville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. Mr. Thomas also served as president for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the Lawrenceville Jaycees and the Lawrenceville Rotary Club. He was a member of Edgerton United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, was a Lay Leader and Finance Chair; served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and on the Petersburg District Council. Gene was a proud Red Cross 8 gallon blood donor and a member of the Spider Club. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Alice Thomas; his sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; six great grandchildren; his sisters, Betty Davis and Lois Clary; and his brother, Ran Thomas. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Edgerton United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Academy, 2100 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA; University of Richmond Spider Club, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23286; Edgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA 23868; or the Gene and Mary Alice Thomas Scholarship Fund, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821.