(Board of Directors)
Soldier, Leader, Servant
Freemon Thomas was born, raised and educated in Calhoun County and is a graduate of the St. John High School class of 1956. Thomas spent 21 years and 8 months in the U.S. Army, specializing in the disposal of explosives.
Thomas believes in service to community. Upon returning home to Calhoun County, he became actively involved in supporting the public school system, serving for more than 14 years as president of the PTA at the elementary and secondary schools. He later served as District PTA president representing Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, and recently served on the school advisory and improvement committee for Calhoun County schools.
Thomas made history in 1994 when he became the first African-American to be appointed by the South Carolina legislature to serve as magistrate in Calhoun County. Two years later, he was hired by the Town of Cameron to serve as Municipal Judge. During his eight years of service as magistrate and six years as municipal judge, record numbers of civil and criminal cases were adjudicated in Cameron, SC. Thomas retired in June 2002
Most recently, Thomas’ hard work with Calhoun County in sphere-heading the construction of a Community Center at the site of the demolished St. John School in Cameron paid off. The building is complete and available for use to the community.
Thomas served as President of the Mental Health America of Calhoun County until 2011, this following his organization and leadership of the organization in 1992. As Chair, he led a grant- writing project that resulted in the construction of a state-of-the-art mental health housing complex in St. Matthews. The facility consists of 14 single person apartments with a separate laundry and recreational area for use by all tenants. The association recognized his relentless efforts to make this a reality and honored him by naming the complex Freemon Thomas Manor. He currently serves as President of Freemon Thomas Manor Board.