Thankachan Kinaruvilayil Mathai

March 15, 1960 - April 17, 2021

Obituary For Thankachan Kinaruvilayil Mathai

Our community has lost a pillar on Saturday, April 17, 2021 when Thankachan Mathai of Wake Forest, NC passed away due to the complications of an ischemic stroke. He was born in Kerala, India on March 15th, 1960, son of Mathai Yohannan (late) and Saramma Yohannan.

He was united in matrimony to Elcy Thankachan on July 5th, 1984. This union was blessed with 3 children. He is survived by his loving wife Elcy (Jolly), Tijy (daughter), Joshua (son), Tincy (daughter).

He finished his Civil Engineering degree and worked as a civil engineer in India, Iraq, and Bahrain, and an inspector throughout the East Coast of United States, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Washington, DC METRO.

He was a devout and caring husband and father, who enjoyed cooking and traveling. He was a loving and caring pastor to his beloved GEM Raleigh Church of God and was a crusader for the expansion of the Kingdom of God, working tirelessly to organize and host evangelical crusades, conferences and meetings, church planting, distributing Bibles and tracts, ministering in homeless shelters, prisons, hosting medical camps, and bringing many to the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus. He was versatile in his language skills and exuded positivity and encouragement to everyone he came in contact with. At work and in business he was respected for his integrity, dedication and candor.

His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his wife Elcy, daughter Tijy, son-in-law John, son Joshua, daughter Tincy, and grand-daughter Adrielle.

The funeral service will be held at Renaisance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27615 at 10 am EST. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is a limitation for in-door gathering of 50 people. Public viewing will be available at 12 pm.

The funeral will be livestreamed beginning at 10 am here:
Funeral Service LiveStream on YouTube

The graveside service will be livestreamed beginning near 1:30 pm here:
Graveside Service LiveStream on YouTube



Funeral Service

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Renaissance Funeral Home
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
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12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Renaissance Funeral Home
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
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Our heartfelt condolences Jolly and the family. We wish you comfort and peace during this time
- Kunjumol
Heartfelt condolences and prayers for everyone in the family!
- Lizzy Mathews
I know that there is no word I can say to take the pain away,but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will see Thankachan Uncle in the other shore.... Bincy Joju & Jerly Joju (KUWAIT).
- Bincy Joju & Jerly Joju. (KUWAIT)
Our deepest condolences and prayers, May God give strength and comfort the grieving family
- Koloorkuzhiyil Family
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35, 37- 39). Rest in the Lord and when the trumpet shall sound, we will meet again for we are saved by an eternal love that will not let us go. May the inseparable love of God comfort the family and embrace everyone in the loving arms of Jesus our savior.
- Steve, Reema, Katie and Samuel Soman
Heartfelt condolences & prayers. From Pastor Sunny Andaman & family
Deep heartfelt condolences and prayers
- Samuel Abraham (Saji)& Family
Our deepest condolences and prayers. May the Father of mercies and God of all comfort strengthen you sister Jolly and children Tijy & family, joshua and Tincy and all grieving family..... Pastor Sam Daniel & family, Oxford, North Carolina
- Samuel N Daniel
- Laly George
Heartfelt condolences and prayers from Laly George
- Laly George
Heartfelt condolences and prayers from Laly George
- Laly George
- Laly George
Our deepest & heartfelt condolences. Even in time of sorrow, God's love is unfailing. May His love embrace you with comfort and peace! Holding the entire family in our prayers & we rejoice knowing that we will meet again on the other shore. Sincerely, Soman Family (Steve, Reema, Katie and Samuel).
- Steve, Reema, Katie and Samuel Soman
- Laly George
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to dear Jolly aunty and children. May God give you the strength, comfort and peace. Tony & family Toronto, Canada
- Tony Joseph
May our Lord Jesus grant peace and strength to you and your family. My deepest condolences. Shiny, Kuwait
- Shyni joy
Prayers and condolences from Raju, Lizy, Nissie & family, and Josh as well as Hebron Pentecostal Church, Toronto.
- Nissie Oommen
Heartfelt condolences and prayers from Josephkutty/ Thuvayoor/ @ Hyderabad
- Thacharakalayil Mathaib Joseph
May our Lord bless and comfort Jolly aunty and family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences πŸ’πŸ’ Mintu and Family from Kuwait anointed onesπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
- Mintu Mathew
Our Heartfelt Condolences and Prayers to Dear sis Jolly and Children... May our God Almighty give His Divine Presence, Peace,comfort and strength to you all.. Will be praying for you all.. πŸ™πŸ™
- Susan Joseph & Family NY
My deepest condolences to dear Jolly Aunty and family.May God gives you peace and comfort.As 2 nd Thessalonians3.16 says"Now may the lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.
- Princy Dennis
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers. Praying for Jolly and family, may God comfort you all
- Sumole aunty & family (Florida)
- Kailash Family California
- Susan Joseph & Family NY
Our deepest condolences and prayers, May God give strength and comfort the grieving family.. πŸŒΉπŸ’πŸ™ Manoj K Varghese and family , Doha , Qatar
- Manoj K Varghese
- Dr. John Wessly
Our deepest condolences and prayers, May God give strength and comfort the grieving family.. πŸŒΉπŸ™ Manoj K Varghese & family , Doha,Qatar
- Manoj K Varghese
- Bincy Joju
My deepest condolences to Jolly sister and children-Tiji and Dr.Johnand baby ,Josh and Tincy .May God comfort you with His peace and lead you and guide you in this difficult citiuation.I remember with all his work responsibilities he was able to lead the 11.0 clock session for a while -which was praying for nations of the world and still that session is going on by Raju pastor.We are all part of that prayer session for years.His legacy will go on through the GEM prayerline.but we all miss him greatly.Our prayers are with you all .We can only comfort eachother that we will see him in heaven.May the Lord console you and comfort you with His everlasting love.With love and prayers fro Mary Issac ,Michigan.
- Mary Issac
Dear Uncle, You were a great person, a mentor, and a blessing to many people. You will forever be missed. The wonderful moments you shared with us will forever be remembered. Rest in peace up in heaven! My deepest condolences to the entire family especially to my dear Jolly Aunty and children. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time. 2 Timothy 4:7, NIV: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
- Hepsiba Riji

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