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This information was supplied by Johnnie Bobo Farris.
William Riley Thomas and his wife, Permelia Ellender Fortner Thomas. We have been told that Permelia is buried at Davis Cemetery in an unmarked grave. William Riley is buried at Shiloh Cemetery in Cullman County. They are the great-great grandparents of Asa Faith Randolph, Johnnie Farris and Glenn Allen Bobo.

Permelia was the daughter of Ansel Fortner and Sally Rutherford. Tradition has it that she was one-half Cherokee Indian, but this has not been documented. She and William Riley had 10 children, the oldest of which was James Allen Thomas. Two of James Allen's sons, Austin and Charles, raised families in Dora. Austin was the father of Fay Thomas Bobo and four other daughters.

Another of William Riley and Permelia's sons, Riley Monroe Thomas and his wife Sally Murphy Thomas, are also buried at Davis Cemetery. Many Thomas descendants still live in this area. The Thomas Family reunion is held in July each year at the Dora Civic Center.