Bill Thomas 82, of Vidor went to be with the Lord on June 14, 2010, in Beaumont. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 18 at Pine Forest Baptist Church under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with entombment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday at Pine Forest Baptist Church of Vidor.
He was born April 10, 1928 in Gist to Henry O and Zadie Peveto Thomas. He was the sixth child born from this union. Bill worked for a number of years for Modern Incorporated in Beaumont, and later was the City of Beaumont’s blacksmith, where he worked until his retirement. He proudly served in the Army, spending a tour of duty of 18 months in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean Conflict. He loved his grandchildren, enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing, and was an avid hunter. Bill spent many years of his spare time working his cows with his brother, Pistol. On many Saturdays, it was a common sight to see the two of them and their dogs, riding their horses out across the fields to herd the cows so they could be vaccinated, branded and culled as needed.
He was an active member of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Vidor.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John C. (Buck) Thomas, Allon H. (Pistol) Thomas; sisters, Alice Radcliff, and Lonie Wallace.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Billie J. May Thomas of Vidor; sons, Kerry D. Thomas and his wife, Debbie of Mauriceville, E. Perry Thomas and his wife, Shannon of Beaumont; brothers, Virge C., Lenard H., George R of Vidor; sisters, Martha Torres and Stella Hoffpauir of Vidor and Fannie Carpenter of Wildwood. Bill is also survived by his grandsons, Ryan Reid Thomas, Perry Michael Thomas and William Rice Thomas, all of Beaumont.