Yolanda Denise Thomas was born on June 3, 1965 in Rome, New York. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She had a deep love for children and a profound joy working with the NAACP Youth Counsel.
Yolanda graduated from Niceville High School. She continued her education, obtaining her BS degree in Human Resource Development from Southern Illinois University as well as her Masters from Troy State University. She was diligently working towards her Ph.D. through Nova University when she passed away in July of 2002.
Yolanda served in the United States Air Force from 1986-1988. Upon completion of her duty in the military, she worked in the Human Resource Department while living in Guam and Dallas. She worked for the Private Industry Council in Fort Walton Beach before moving onto work in the Quality Control / Strategic Planning Department for Eglin Air Force Base. Together she and her husband, Fred, built their own construction company, Thomco Enterprises, based in Fort Walton Beach where she served as Vice President.
Family and friends describe Yolanda as a person who lived like she was 60 years old because she had done so much. She loved life and believed in making the most of every blessing and opportunity. The Yolanda D. Thomas Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to honor Yolanda’s spirit and to support her belief in education.
Yolanda is survived by her husband, Fred, her daughter, Amanda, five Godchildren, Lindsay, DJ, Jayden, Kayla, Jeremiah and Xavier and a number of nieces and nephews.