Jane Thomas, business owner, dies at 82

Jane Thomas, 82, who co-owned T&T Carryout, a fast-food restaurant in Capitol Heights, died Feb. 6 at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The District resident had a heart attack, said her niece Wanda Lucas.

Mrs. Thomas ran the carryout with her husband, Tarver Thomas, from the mid-1960s until around 2000. She owned several other business over the years, including the Shelter Room nightclub in Southeast Washington and a laundry in Northeast in the 1960s.

Jane Elizabeth Spencer, a Washington native, graduated in 1947 from Cardozo Senior High School.

She volunteered on local Democratic campaigns and as a poll worker. Her memberships included Michigan Park Christian Church in Washington, where she served on the leadership committee and with the women’s fellowship.

Her first marriage, to Robert Turner, ended in divorce. Her second husband, Tarver Thomas, died in 1994 after 37 years of marriage. A son from her first marriage, Edwin R. Turner, died in 1974.

Survivors include a son from her second marriage, Tyrone J. Thomas of District Heights; two sisters, Josephine West and Barbara Juanita Lucas, both of Washington; three grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

— Emily Langer