July 26, 1951 ~ October 4, 2021
Born in: Rocky Mount, NC
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA
Thomas H. Rose, Jr., of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on October 4, 2021, at the age of 70. Thomas was born to parents Thomas H. Rose, Sr., and Estelle Flye Rose, on July 26, 1951 in Rocky Mount, NC.
Thomas graduated in 1969 from North Forsyth High School, in Winston-Salem, NC, and continued his education by graduating with a BA from Catawba College in 1973, and earning an MBA from Wake Forest University in 1978.
After a career in the printing business, in 1986 he started with Dillard Paper. Thomas continued working in the paper business, and became the Vice President of the Southeastern region of Xpedx, for the distribution side of International Paper. When he retired in 2013, he was inducted into the Xpedx hall of fame, and this was their praise of him: “In each position, Tom improved results and was responsible for one of xpedx’s most profitable groups. Tom has helped develop and mentor many of our best managers. His career is marked by the hiring and development of many successful sellers. In business, Tom has always been exceptionally loyal and passionate about our employees, our customers, and our business. He truly cares about the well-being and success of all his constituents. While Tom has been supremely focused on our business, the satisfaction derived from his family as husband to Debbie and father to Peyton has been his real joy and passion.”
Thomas was very intuitive and insightful of other people, which helped him to be a good leader. He was a very loving and caring son, husband, and father. In his free time, he loved going for walks with his dogs, playing golf, and traveling. For several years, he volunteered at the Suthers Center Thrift Store & Food Bank.
He is preceded in death by his son, Thomas Peyton Rose. He is survived by his loving wife, Debra P. Rose; parents Thomas H. Rose, Sr., and Estelle Flye Rose; Brothers: Michael Rose (Kristen), and Steven Kelly Rose (Bonnie); one grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
There is no service scheduled at this time, but a Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Suthers Center for Christian Outreach, P.O. Box 80568, Chamblee, GA 30366, or St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving attention of Dogwood Forest of Grayson, especially for the devoted care of Joan and Jasmine, and Lanier Hospice.