Frank Edward Thomas, manager for noted organist Earl Grant, died Friday of cardiac arrest.

The Baldwin Hills resident was 69.

Born Nov. 16, 1941, in Birmingham, Ala., the second child of William and Velma Moore Thomas, he graduated from the city’s McCoo High School before moving to Los Angeles in 1960.

On July 28, 1968, he married Annette May, daughter of legendary Gospel recording artist Brother Joe May, and the couple enjoyed 43 years of marriage.

Thomas’ work ethic and commitment to excellence enabled his success as Grant’s manager, as co-proprietor of the Southern Kitchen restaurant, and tenure with Jim Dandy Fast Foods, Host International, and Continental Airlines, from which he retired in 2007.

He is survived by his wife; sisters, Lois Dixon and Carrie Louise Dawson; a brother, Gregory Leavy Reese; a grandson, Mario Thomas Jr., and granddaughters, Marshell, Shantae and Shaniece Thomas.