R.L. Thomas

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R.L. (LaMont) Thomas passed away September 2, 2016 at Vitas Hospice Shenandoah. R.L. was born October 23, 1923 in Mexia, Texas and spent his early childhood travelling with his family following Humble oil rigs throughout Texas and Louisiana. In 1941, graduated Cotton Valley High School, Cotton Valley, Louisiana in a class of 42 - 21 men and 21 women. All 21 men served in the military. Entered the Navy at the height of World War II in 1942 and served on the destroyer, U.S. Hutchins DD476 in the South Pacific until they were hit by a suicide kamakazie boat at the Invasion of Okinawa. En route to Pearl Harbor, damages affected all engines and the ship sat in the middle of the Pacific with no power. Fortunately, an American Transport came by and towed them on the long 12 day journey back to Pearl Harbor. Bandaged up the ship was sent to Portland, Oregon for repairs. Damage so extensive, they moved the ship to Bremerton, Washington to begin the $4 million repairs on the ship. In 1948, after the war he graduated Louisiana Tech and earned BS in Electrical Engineering. Began his 37 year career with Carter Oil, Humble and Exxon. Worked for 3 companies but they were all the same company. Actively participated as Band and Athletic Booster, Cherokee County Fair Association, Go Texan Committee for Houston Livestock Show, coached soccer and baseball. In 1986 led 9 year old Sadlers Marine Baseball Team to Texas State Championship. He coached baseball and soccer, booster in band and athletic, Conroe Noon Lions Club Lifetime Member, Houston Livestock Show Lifetime Member, Substitute teacher at Peet (Travis) Junior High for over ten years, raised Santa Gertrudis cattle, Dominoes 42 player with the same group for about 15 years, and active member of the Beacon Class at FUMC for over 25 years.

R.L. was many names to many people. Christian, Texan, Veteran, American, Methodist, Husband, Father, Granddaddy, Dangradddy, Ray, Tommy, LaMont, Uncle Mont. He loved God, his church, his family, his dogs, and his country.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Beckey and his six children, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Children: Beth Thompson and Emily Van Orden of Louisiana, Dr. Mike (Suzie) Thomas, Karen Sue (Darren) Carter of Texas. Stepsons: Stephen (Danielle) Adair and Shawn (Emily) Adair of Texas. Grandchildren: Mark (Melonie) Nelson, Keely Babin, Carl (Erica) Van Orden of Louisiana, Brody Herr, Tiffany Thomas, JC (Cheyene) Carter, Sarah Thomas all from Texas. Nine Great Grandchildren, Cole, Alysse, Landry, Zane, Shandolyn, Kharis, Carli, Caden, and Levi; One Great Great Granddaughter - Mary Elizabeth, sister, Mary Helen Riddle, Nephews Dr. Thomas (Colleen) Riddle and J.R. (Lesley) Riddle, and numerous family and friends. Predeceased by parents, Leston and Bernice Sue Thomas and baby sister, Betty Sue.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Cashner Funeral Home (801 Teas Rd Conroe, Tx, 77303) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 10:00am at First United Methodist Church of Conroe (4308 W. Davis St Conroe, TX 77304) Interment will follow in Houston National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mason Peters, Nathan Taylor, Shawn Adair, Bill McGraw, Jim Decker and Lonnie Needham. Honorary pallbearers will be Vic Lopez, Pat Brennan, Quent Shafner, Arnold Brown and Pat Brown. In lieu of flowers please donate to First United Methodist Church of Conroe Youth Group. You are invited to view our webpage and leave written tributes to the family at cashnerconroe.com


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