Former district attorney dies

Robert "Bob" Thomas, who served three terms as district 25 attorney, died this week at his Hickory home.

He was 82.

Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force and worked 23 years as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

From 1982-94, he served as district attorney in North Carolina's 25th district, which includes Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties.

Sean McGinnis, current assistant district attorney, said Thomas hired him in December 1993.

"I had a privilege of working for Bob in his last year in the office," McGinnis said Friday. "Bob was a fine individual. He was a great boss, and I'm forever grateful for him giving me the opportunity to be a prosecutor. He seemed to be a very fair individual and was concerned about justice for all."

Thomas practiced law in Hickory and was recently recognized by the N.C. Bar Association for his membership of more than 50 years.

Thomas' funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Hickory. His body will be in view from 2:30-3 p.m. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory.