Lonoke County Coroner Mark A. Thomas has announced his candidacy for re-election in 2014. Thomas is serving his first term as Lonoke County Coroner after many years of serving as a Deputy County Coroner.

A native of Talihina, Okla., Thomas moved to Cabot in 1994 after being hired as general manager of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. After the death of owner Boyce Moore in 2001, Thomas and his wife Cheryl opened Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot in 2003. Thomas has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 24 years and has maintained current professional development relating to medico legal death investigation in the state of Arkansas. He is an active member of the Arkansas Coroner’s Association, 32nd-degree Mason, and member of Mt Carmel Church in Cabot. Thomas has two adult children, one daughter attending Cabot Junior High South, and two grandchildren.

As Lonoke County Coroner, one of Thomas’ primary objectives has been to bring up-to-date technology and procedures into the day-to-day operations of the office. During his second term, his plans include continued training for himself and deputy coroners to assure that the citizens of Lonoke County are served with 21st century service in their Office of Coroner.

Thomas said that his desire to continue to serve as Lonoke County Coroner is based on his belief that the coroner, in many instances, is the only advocate to speak for the deceased.

"The philosophy of his office is based on that of the Coroner’s Creed that states that the Office of Coroner is legally charged with significant duties answering the pertinent questions relating to death: Who, Where, When, What, How, Why," he said "Only when these questions have been answered correctly can all the proper legal issues arising at death be effectively handled for the proper administration of justice."

In announcing his candidacy for re-election, Thomas hopes to continue to serve the citizens of Lonoke County is this very important capacity.