71 year old Paul Thomason of Dowelltown died Tuesday at his residence. He was a retired painter and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Hettie Thomason; a son, Doyle Thomason; a step-son, Bobby Pruitt; a sister, Rebecca Gingerich; and a brother, Frank Thomason. He is survived by his wife, Janie Winchester Thomason; two daughters, Joann and her husband Ricky Tramel and Sandra Snyder; one step-daughter, Barbara and her husband Thomas Easterwood all of Smithville. Three sons, Billy Pruitt, Jr. of Smithville, James D. and his wife Glenda Hale of Woodbury, and Jimmy Ray Hale of Nashville. Thirteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and three sisters, Sue Trusty of Carthage, Peggy and her husband Doyle Keaton of Liberty, and Charlotte and husband Joe Hayes of Alabama. Two brothers, Joe and his wife Brenda Thomason of Dowelltown and Jess and his wife Carolyn Thomason of Indiana. Love–Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.