Melissa Thomas-Eckroade

July 2, 1956 - March 23, 2015
Melissa Thomas-Eckroade

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Williamsburg – Melissa Thomas ñ Eckroade- 58, passed away on March 23, 2015. Melissa truly had a heart of love for everyone she knew. She was one of the most giving human beings ever. Her smile was as huge as her heart! She adored her husband, daughters, granddaughters and her extensive family and friends. Melissa was a nursing professor at Kaplan University, she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. Her dedication in Nursing helped so many in need, as well as her teachings bettered the lives of so many students. Her passion for singing and heavenly voice touched so many throughout all the years. Now she is finally singing with the angels. Proceeded in death by her parents Ida and Don Thomas, brother Bruce Thomas, and her daughter Samantha Greathouse. Melissa is survived by her husband William Eckroade, daughters Shannon Gregory and Carie Hall, brother Tim Thomas (Caryn), grandchildren Autumn Rose Wenger and Ayra Hall. Visitation will be at Bucktrout Funeral Home, Sunday March 29, 2015, 5 ñ 7pm. Funeral Service will be held at Bucktrout Funeral Home Monday March 30, 2015 at 1:00pm. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be shared with the family at bucktroutfuneralhome.net.


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  • March 30, 2015
    Annette St. John says:
    My thoughts and prayers to Bill and Shannon. I worked with Melissa at IVNA and she always had a smile on her face and made everyone around her smile. She will truly be missed.

  • March 29, 2015
    Vicki Filer Mensing says:
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss of a wonderful, beautiful woman.

  • March 26, 2015
    Kaye Keprta Bayes says:
    Melissa and I went to SHS and college together. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for healing and strength during this difficult time

  • March 26, 2015
    Tom Gregory says:
    Shannon & Autumn - my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of mourning. God Bless.

  • March 27, 2015
    Dennison Brown says:
    So sorry - before her time, really.