Darnell Craig Thomas

Darnell Craig Thomas

LAUREL — Darnell Craig Thomas, 27, of Laurel, died Nov. 6, 2008 in Maryland.

Darnell came into this world on March 22, 1981 with a voice to be heard. Darnell was a studious child with a love for language and the arts. Darnell’s formative years were spent in Altoona, Pa., where his inquisitive nature and thirst for learning were shaped at Wright Elementary School, Keith Junior High School and Altoona Area High School.

Darnell continued his studies in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he attended Duquesne University. Darnell graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in International Law and Political Science. Darnell was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad. He studied in Rome, Italy and Paris, France and traveled throughout Europe. Darnell’s personality and his ability to speak five languages opened many doors for him. Darnell gained a host of friends and acquaintances during his European experiences. After graduation, Darnell came to Maryland to pursue opportunities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Darnell accepted a position with Protocol Communications where he continued to use his language skills for interpreting. In his spare time, Darnell further used his gifts to tutor Spanish speaking students at the community college.

Darnell accepted Jesus as his personal savior at a young age. Darnell loved the Lord and had no problem in ministering to anyone willing to listen. It was his desire to capture his testimony and the testimonies of his peers and write a book to minister to the youth. It was this loving spirit that made him so beloved by a host of friends and family.

Darnell is survived by his mother and step-father, Nadine and James Sledge of Erie, Pa.; his father, John Keith Bates of Dallas, Texas; his grandmother, Joyce Goodman of Rawlings; his great-grandmother, Alma Wright of Far Rockaway, N.Y.; his siblings, Andre Thomas, Destiny Bates, Jalisa Sledge and Devon Sledge; numerous aunts and uncles; and a host of friends, extended family and friends.

He will be sadly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

Friends will be received at the Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with Minister Jon Hogans officiating.

Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Altoona.

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