H.K. Thomas, Sr. LUBBOCK- H.K. Thomas, Sr., 79, of Lubbock passed away on February 8, 2013. Reverend Thomas was born on January 22, 1934 to the late Will and Elnora Thomas. He attended Smith High School and united with Jerusalem Baptist Church at an early age. After graduation, he decided to join the U.S. Army. After serving his country, Reverend Thomas relocated to Lubbock and united with Chorles Ruby Thomas in holy matrimony, to this union many children were born including, Shirley, H.K. Jr., Raymond, Joe, Gina, Vickie, Tonette, Terry, Tony, and two Godchildren, Kim and Becky. At age 35, H.K. was called to the ministry at New Mount Olive Baptist Church where he was pastoral leader until his health failed him. Reverend Thomas received many accolades including Young Pastor of the Year in 1978; Honorary Citizen of Lubbock in 1980 and Distinguished Service award in 1988. Reverend Thomas was appointed by Jim Culp as the West Texas Field Coordinator and hosted two successful state meetings and started the Equippers Conference of West Texas, which is still currently active. In 2005 he was honored with the African America award for his commitment, dedication and leadership. Pastor Thomas served two consecutive terms as president of the Black Church Fellowship and was appointed again in 2012 until his health began to fail. Special appreciation goes out to all the members of New Mount Olive Baptist Church of Littlefield, Texas. Also, a special thank you goes to Ray Travenia, all of the ministers of the West Texas area Caprock Plains Association and the Llanos Altos Baptist General Convention of West Texas. Pastor Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Chorles Ruby Thomas; five sisters; two brothers; and one son, Raymond. He leaves to cherish his memories four sons, Pastor H.K. Thomas, Jr. (Betty), Joe, Terry, and Tony; six daughters, Shirley (Gerald), Regina, Vicki (Stephen), Tonette (Mike), Kim, and Becky; one brother, Leon Thomas; 11 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; special friends, Mrs. Gwen, Mrs. Jackie and Sue; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Celebration of life services will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitation will be held today from 1 to 6 p.m. at Griffin Mortuary.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 12, 2013