Buck Thomas, 87, of Vidor died Monday, Oct.26, 2009 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 31 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with entombment at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. A Christian vigil was held Friday, at the funeral home.
Buck was born on April 16, 1922 in Gist to Henry and Zadie Thomas. He was a longtime resident of Vidor, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8246 and was a member of Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor. Buck worked for Schlumber Jer Oil Company for 13 years in the oil fields and started his first service station in 1958. He owned two car washes, B and T in Beaumont and T and T in Orange. His favorite pass time was fishing and gardening. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.
Buck was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary W. Thomas; parents, Henry and Zadie Thomas; sisters, Lonie Wallace and Alice Graham.
He is survived by his wife, Mytis Smith Thomas of Vidor; sons, John C. Thomas Jr and wife, Donna of Orange, Randy Thomas and wife Sue, of Vidor; stepsons, Richard and Bruce Smith both of Vidor; stepdaughters, Linda Booth of Temple and Diane Anderson of Vidor; brothers, Alan “Pistol,” Bill, Leonard “Rip,” Virge, and George Thomas all of Vidor; sisters, Martha Torres, Fannie Carpenter, and Stella Hoffpauir all of Vidor; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephew Dr. Rick Sontheimer and wife, Liz of Utah.