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Country ham has always been a way of life for our family; we grew up with it. It was a food for family gatherings and for everyday meals. Country ham brings to each of us a wonderful feeling of home and often reminds us of cherished memories of days gone by. Whether it was our grandmother telling us about raising hogs or smokehouse curing we always knew the importance country ham played in their survival. Our dad reminded us that there were times in his childhood that country ham was considered a luxury and that a ham from the farm sharing the table with other home grown foods was something for which we should truly be grateful. It seemed only natural that those loving memories inspired the Thomas Brothers to want to share that ‘country’ experience with everyone.

It was on our uncle’s kitchen table that the first whole ham was sliced and individually packaged almost 60 years ago. Shortly after that in September of 1958, Thomas Brothers Ham Company was officially established and the first hams were boned, sliced, packaged and ready for the market. Selling country ham both whole and sliced has become a trademark of the product and is still done today.

Curing the hams requires much patience and a dedication to traditions passed down by our family generations earlier. This slow process of aging the whole hams to desired perfection produces marvelous new flavors and textures unlike those in any other food. The first taste of country ham is big and delicious and the textures are firm with a rich intensity unrivaled by any other meat. Even the tiniest sliver of country ham in any dish brings a sense of luxury, nostalgia and enhanced taste. No wonder Thomas Brothers Country Brand Ham and the 5 Thomas Brothers have built a strong following and unparalleled reputation in the marketplace, both in retail and food service throughout the Southeast.

It was this sense of historical inspiration and market reputation coupled with family heritage that prompted the children of the late H.F. Thomas, Sr. to form a partnership thereby continuing the traditions established with the family business more than 50 years ago. Quality, tradition, dedication, expert commitment and hard work are the pillars that 5 brothers built Thomas Brothers Country Ham upon and to which we at Thomas Brothers Foods are enthusiastically devoted to continue as we meet the challenges of making relevant these inspiring food traditions by specializing in country ham and quality meats throughout the 21st century.

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Sam Ard proved it’s not always the length of the career that’s important. It’s the quality of the years invested that counts. In a Busch Series career that lasted just three years (1982-84) before injuries cut short his tenure in the driving seat, Ard turned in one of the most impressive driver records ever in the Busch Series, highlighted by titles in the 1983 and 1984 seasons.


In just 92 career starts, the now Pamplico, S.C resident scored 22 victories and 24 pole positions. Ard finished among the top five a total of 67 times. He also claimed top-10 finishes in 86 percent of his career starts (79 top 10s).


He remains fourth on the Busch Series’ all-time win list and second in all-time poles despite driving just three seasons, prompting many to wonder just what kind of unreachable records Ard might have put up, had his career not been cut short.Driving the No. 00 Thomas Brothers Country Ham Oldsmobile owned by Howard Thomas, Ard established many Busch Series records that remain intact.

In 1983, Ard assaulted the Busch Grand National record book. He set the series record with 10 victories. Included in that double-digit total is a record for most races won from the pole, with four victories from the point. He also showed a mastery of the short ovals, establishing a series record with nine short-track wins in a single season.

The following year, Ard established benchmarks for most top-five finished in a season with 24 and most top-10s with 30. Ard is also the only driver in series history to win four consecutive races.

Ard’s 1984 campaign was to be his last after suffering injuries in the next-to last race of the season at Rockingham. Despite missing that final race, Ard still destroyed the competition, winning the Busch Series championship by a record 426 points to leave behind a mark of his incredible dominance.

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