March 30, 1973 - June 14, 2014. Rodney Djuane Thomas, age 41, of Spring, Texas, formerly of Groveton, was born on March 30, 1973 to his parents, Frank Braggs and Shirley (Thomas) Williams in Trinity and went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 14, 2014 in Groveton. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at the John W. Reynolds Athletic Complex of the Groveton High School Gymnasium with Elder Darell Williams officiating. Burial will follow the services in Lacy Cemetery. He was raised in the Baptist Church and attended Baldwin Chapel in his youth. Rodney was a graduate of Groveton High School Class of 1990, where he helped Groveton capture two back-to-back state 2A championships in 1989 and 1990. Upon graduation, he was signed on at Texas A&M University to play college football. Rodney had a career rushing total of 8,441 yards and was ranked fifth on the all-time list. He helped lead Texas A&M in the Southwest Conference in rushing for four consecutive years during his tenure. In 1995, he was drafted in the NFL during round three and picked by Houston Oilers to play professional football. He played as a running back for Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons during his seven year NFL career. Rodney is listed in the Texas A&M Hall of Fame as well as the Groveton High School Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was given the Aggie Heart Award. Rodney is preceded in death by his father, Frank Braggs; step-father, Jessie Williams and his twin brother, Todd Thomas. He leaves behind his wife, Leigh Thomas of Spring; son, Ian Thomas of Spring; step-son, Jalen Brown of Spring; mother, Shirley Williams of Groveton; sisters, Ella Derry of Houston, Lakendra Braggs and Christine Williams, of Groveton, and Jessica Williams of Groveton; brothers, Steven Thomas, Kevin Braggs and Delrasil Williams, of Houston, Elder Darell Williams of Huntsville and Jessie Lee Williams of Groveton; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, also survive. Groveton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign the guestbook at www.grovetonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Lufkin Daily News on June 18, 2014