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Rickey Smiley recently took to his social media to share the sad news that Pastor Fred Thomas has passed away.

Pastor Fred was a North Texas pastor and a favorite on Smiley’s morning show. Smiley’s “Church in 60 Seconds” highlighted Pastor Fred was a hugely popular segment on the radio program.

Pastor Fred’s son also took to social media to report the sad news.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of my father Pastor Fred Thomas,” he said. “This was not our will or desire, but it is the will of God in which we accept. Please pray for my family and I as we go through this trying time of loss. All will be well and we will make it through this as he would have wanted us to. Arrangements will be announced.”

Update from the son of Fred Thomas: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of my father Pastor Fred...

Posted by Fred Thomas on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at [email protected] and tweet at her @AnneErickson!