First black elected official in Louisa dies at 98

An advertisement placed by John Thomasson in The Central Virginian in the fall of 1985.

John Thomasson, who became the first African American elected official in Louisa County when he joined the board of supervisors in 1979, died on July 22 at the age of 98.

Thomasson was the owner of a funeral home from 1951 through the mid-2000s, when he sold the business to D.D. Watson. The business was initially on Fredericks Hall Road and then relocated to the town of Louisa. 

Thomasson was on the board of supervisors a total of six years as the Patrick Henry District representative. After losing to Eddie Hottinger in 1981, he regained his seat in 1985 and served four more years.

The first time Thomasson ran for supervisor was in 1971, shortly after the Patrick Henry District was created. After losing that race, he did not try for the seat again until 1979.

A viewing will take place at D.D. Watson Mortician, Inc. on West Street in the town of Louisa on July 25 from 1 to 7 p.m. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required.

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