- [S74] Atchley Funeral Home Records, Volume IV, 1987-1999, Larry D. Fox, (Smoky Mountain Historical Society), 19 Jul 1999.
Grace King Baldwin obituary
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 16 May 2003.
Large chunk of Forge property to be auctioned
PIGEON FORGE - The much-anticipated auction of the Jake Thomas Estate is approaching and city officials are expecting the auction to bring more positive growth to the center of the city.
The 185-acre farm will be divided into 25 tracts from two to 30 acres and bids will also be taken Saturday on a two-story farm house, farm equipment and personal property.
M.P. Thomas II purchased the land, which adjoins Belz Factory Outlet World, at an auction in 1934. Thomas's son, Jake, operated the farm up until shortly before his death in March 2002.
The estate has already dedicated an easement along the river's edge to the city of Pigeon Forge for a riverwalk which will include extensive landscaping, benches and overlooks.
"This is a very important and vital auction. We hope this will help expand the growth in that area," said Pigeon Forge Mayor Ralph Chance.
Although Chance declined to guess at how much would be made from the auction, he said that he hopes whoever buys the property "will understand the beauty of the area and the terrain and work with the city in whatever they do."
Scott McCarter, owner of McCarter Real Estate and Auction Company, said there have been "at least 100 people look at the property. There have been a combination of investors, developers and a lot of out-of-town folks."
McCarter mentioned that several of the people looking at the property have earmarked the use of it for campgrounds, hotels and restaurants.
"The family of Jake Thomas is hoping that there will be some nice developments come to the area that they can be proud of and we are hoping the same thing," said McCarter, who along with Thompson and Carr Real Estate is sponsoring the auction.
The auction will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Teaster Lane and Jake Thomas Road.
McCarter said the land will be the first to go up for auction and then farm equipment and personal items.
A free lunch will be provided and McCarter said he is expecting a crowd of 400, "possibly double that amount. This is going to be a historic event."
- [S112] Census, 1930.
Name: Mc Kindell Al Thomas
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: District 05, Sevier, Tennessee
Marital Status: Single
Estimated Birth Year: 1911
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Enumeration District Number: 0006
Family Number: 224
Sheet Number and Letter: 12B
Line Number: 64
NARA Publication: T626, roll 2271
Film Number: 2342005
Digital Folder Number: 4547919
Image Number: 00697
Household Gender Age
Parent Mack P Thomas M 49
Parent Emily M Thomas F 39
Mc Kindell Al Thomas M 19
Josephine Thomas F 13
Christine Thomas F 11
- [S23] Atchley Funeral Home, (http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/), 25 Mar 2002.
M.P. ''Jake'' Thomas, III
February 19, 1911 - March 25, 2002
Birthplace: Sevier County, Tennessee
Resided In: Pigeon Forge Tennessee USA
Service: March 27, 2002
Cemetery: Shiloh Cemetery
M.P. “Jake” Thomas, III, age 91 of Pigeon Forge, died Monday, March 25, 2002. His parents were M.P. Thomas, Jr. and Emily Emert Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mary King Thomas.
Jake was a lifelong farmer in Pigeon Forge and was active in the Sevier County Farm Bureau and other farm related organizations in Sevier County. He was one of the founding directors of the First Federal Savings and Loan of Sevierville. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.
Josephine Thomas Burchfiel of Sevierville
Christine Thomas Jones of Knoxville
Emily B. Kile
Cynthia J. Thompson
Cheryl J. Dickert
Nancy J. Dennis
Mary Jo Dougherty
Sam, David and Joe King
Graveside service and interment 4 PM Wednesday, March 27th in Shiloh Cemetery with Rev. H. B. Hauk and Rev. Bobby Ely officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be: Harold Atchley, Charles Blalock, Robert Ogle, Clyde Ownby, Leo Sharp, Walter Messer, Sam King, David King, Joe King, Lew Dougherty, Jim Dickert, Al Thompson, Ron Early, Jeff Dickert, Richard Sterchi, Kristian Dennis and Howard Clinton. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Thomas-Burchfiel Foundation at Walters State Community College, P.O. Box 1508, Morristown, Tennessee 37816.