Arthur Thomas
1941 - 2020
{ "" }
Share
Share Arthur's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Arthur Thomas, Jr.
1941-2020
Arthur Thomas Jr., baby of the family of nine, ladies' man, intellectual and expert on all things, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. He was born on October 30, 1941 in Leonville, Louisiana to Mary and Arthur J. Thomas Sr. He graduated from J.S. Clark High School in Opelousas, Louisiana, received a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard, and Master Degree from NYU. He worked for many years in Information Technology, and mentored many in Financial Literacy.
Arthur is preceded in death by his wife Evelyn H. Thomas, his parents, Mary and Arthur Thomas Sr.; two brothers Willie and Harry and two sisters Rose Mary and Dorothy. Arthur is survived by his daughter Cassandra Cotton, his grandson Tristan Murphy, his brother J.J. Thomas, his sisters Mary Gilliard, Lillian Thomas, and Elizabeth Lazard, and many nieces and nephews – all of whom he loved and touched deeply.
Please join us in celebrating his life Friday morning November 27, 2020 between 8-9:30AM for viewing at Bill Clair Family Mortuary 2603 Southmore Blvd Houston, TX 77004 and for the Rosary & Service at 10:30AM at St Mary's of the Purification Catholic Church, 3002 Rosedale St. Houston, TX 77004. Interment at Houston Memorial Gardens – Pearland TX

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2020.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Bill Clair Family Mortuary - Houston Southmore Chapel
Not sure what to say?
9 entries
November 27, 2020
What I Loved about Arthur was the way he took care of what I call “his holy temple”.
Open to new ideas and experiences. Glad he was a part of my life.
Forever friend, Claudia
Claudia Walton
Friend
November 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. A very close friend of Letitia Benjamin in Washington State
Millie Robinson
Friend
November 24, 2020
Grove of 100 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
MONIQUE LAZARD
November 24, 2020
My Dear brother
My heart is heavy from the news of your passing. I know you had been sick for sometime, but I always thought and hoped that you would beat the odds as you have done so many times in your short life. A s a young boy from the farm in a small town in the Jim Crow South, you
went to Harvard in a Metro up north.
You proved that you could nor only compete, but excell, against all odds, and graduated with honors. Then you tackled
New York City, as you pursued an MBA, while teaching in the Public School System and you easily found that you could handle the big city you fought your way back to good health after a Double Lung Transplant. So It was in my head that you would recover from a stroke.
You fought a good and brave fight, but God had other plans for for. He has made room in his Kingdom fee or you where there is no pain and suffering. Although it
is hard; I can live with that. I will miss our lengthy talks where we updated each other on our health condition, and talked
about world events and politics. I was always amazed a your ability to recall so
much information in great details. Your could recall every aspect of your doctors
diagnosis, while I had difficulty remembering the names of my medicines. Your mind, I believe was like a Google App!!
I will miss those moments, and those of you talking about your daughter, cassandra and your grandson Tristan.
I know how muck you loved them, and I want you to know that your surviving will
keep them as close members of our family. We will all miss you you and pray for you always.
May God take you among his precious angels and provide you with a comfortable place. Till we meet again my brother. LOvE YOU
Joseph J. Thomas
November 23, 2020
Eternal Friendship Remembrance Bouquet - VASE INCLUDED
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
David Evans
November 23, 2020
My brother was Fighter, a Drum Major for
Change. He defied the odds all his life. He was a young black kid, raised on a farm in the small town of Washington & Opelousas, Louisiana. After High School he accepted a scholarship to Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. For a kid who had never left his small town, this was a real Change. But Arthur was not deterred by, all of a sudden being one of a hand full of kids who looked like him.
He adjusted quickly, and got down to work on his studies. He soon found that he could compete in this environment,
and not only compete, but excell. He graduated with honors, then moved to NYC, where he enrolled in the MBA Program at New York University, while
teaching Mathematics in the public School system to cover expenses.
After getting his MBA he accepted a position with Shell Oil Co. in the Information Technology Division. And once again, he found himself the only person of color.
Again, he took advantage of this opportunity to excell, instead of worrying about being the only. He rose through the ranks, rapidly, and impressed his peers, and the CEO, so much that the CEO became his Personal Mentor. After a long career at Shell Oil, Arthur. decided to become a Independent IT Specialist, were he wrote programs for other companies for a fee.
Arthur was very generous with his knowledge of Technology, and began to teach Financial Literacy and wealth building to young executives, and his Nieces and Nephews. Arthur's next challenge was the lost of his lovely wife, Evelyn. Arthur was very devoted to his Daughter, Cassandra, as he mentored her in her career. His next challenge was failing lungs. He was on the wait list for a Double Lung Transplant (a rare operation ), back then. But he was faced with this challenge, while his only daughter was pregnant. So my brother did not want to risk something going wrong with the operation, so he took himself off the wait list until after his grandson was born.
After the birth of a healthy baby boy, Tristan, he put himself back on the wait list, and was called a few weeks later for the transplant which was very successful.
The Doctors were all amazed at his recovery. Arthur seemed to have a renewed appreciation for life after this experience. He became more nutritious conscious, he exercised more. He became
came an avid cook. His energy was great
Arthur loved to talk. He could discuss almost any subject. His mind was
A forerunner to Goggle!! When he
had the stroke; his inability to articulate as he once did was very hard for him, but abut again, he fought the good fight, until
until his body just counln't handle it
any more. So my brother, rest in peace
Knowing that went the distance with
Grace, confidence, and a winning. You
touched a lot of lives, and planted a lot of seeds that will carry on you work.
We love you and you will surely be
Missed. Brother Joseph





Joseph J. Thomas
November 23, 2020
Arthur is truly one-of-AKind. He is and was the perfect peaceful patience kind and considerate neighbor you could hope for. His wisdom and Intellectual mind embodied the beautiful stories told about his late loving wife and of the daughter he cherished will always remain in the hearts of my husband and our family. Already we dearly miss him and pray the strength of Cassandra and her family to always know you have a friend in Will & Lisa Thomas.
Will & Lisa Thomas
Neighbor
November 23, 2020
Arthur is truly one-of-AKind. He is and was the perfect peaceful patience kind and considerate neighbor you could hope for. His wisdom and Intellectual mind embodied the beautiful stories told about his late loving wife and of the daughter he cherished will always remain in the hearts of my husband and our family. Already we dearly miss him and pray the strength of Cassandra and her family to always know you have a friend in Will & Lisa Thomas.
Will & Lisa Thomas
Neighbor
November 23, 2020
Arthur was a wonderful neighbor. He had a gentle spirit and just a kind man. It was always a pleasure to talk with him. We as neighbors looked out for each other! We will miss him dearly! He is resting peacefully in heaven just as he lived peacefully here on earth.
Donna Jones
Neighbor
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences