Ayla Thomas

In lieu of flowers, Adam's mother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Thomas, and brothers, Andrew and Griffin Thomas, are raising funds for Adam's daughter, Ayla Thomas.  Please consider a donation to this GoFundMe for all of Ayla’s future needs, while a trust fund is being set up in her name.

Adam Layman Thomas, age 34, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, lost his life on Thursday, January 13, 2022, when he tried to rescue a woman in the Ohio River.  He died a hero while trying to save another woman’s life from drowning.  His actions were a true act of heroism and courage to place himself in harm’s way to help another and ultimately, sacrificed his life in doing so.

Friends and family said, “Adam’s smile was infectious.  His heart was huge, and his outlook to help others was bigger.”  People often said, “He had the biggest heart.”

His generosity ran deep, and he was not scared of anything.  People might think this heroic act was a random act of kindness, however, that is just what Adam did throughout life and who he was as a person. 

His daughter, Ayla, was his entire world.  She has a Daddy she will always look up to in life.  He can rest easy knowing his family will make sure she will be very well taken care of while she grows up.

Adam owned an excavation business.  He was a highly skilled heavy equipment operator and helped create many of the beautiful landscapes throughout the Louisville area.  He loved the outdoors, especially taking his daughter to the Big Four Walking Bridge. 

He is survived by his beloved daughter, Ayla Thomas, loving mother, Elizabeth “Betsy” Thomas, father, Ricky Thomas, brothers, Andrew and Griffin Thomas (Natalie), beautiful nieces, Harper and Millie Thomas, nephew, Wyatt Thomas (Godson), grandparents, Gene and Betty Layman, grandmother, Marge Thomas, and many wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:00 am at St. Edward Catholic Church and burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery.  A celebration of Adam’s life will begin at 1:00 pm at Wildwood Country Club.  All are welcome.

Fundraising team (4)

Griffin Thomas
Raised $2,080 from 15 donations
Louisville, KY
Andrew Thomas
Team member
Raised $1,325 from 11 donations
Elizabeth Thomas
Team member
Raised $1,050 from 9 donations
Natalie Thomas
Team member
Raised $200 from 4 donations

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