Foster T Thomas III
1932 - 2021
BORN
1932
DIED
2021
Foster T, Thomas, III was one who loved and trusted God and received wonderful blessings throughout his life that God had prepared for him. He was born November 20, 1932, in Houston, Texas. Foster married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Ruffin Thomas, and to this union two children were born, Cassandra Dian and Cordelia Ann. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Birdie Lee Mallet, his father, Mr. Chester Mallet, his Father Foster T, Thomas, Jr., a nephew, Kenneth Mallet and a niece, Leah Mallet.

Mr. Thomas accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age and united with the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Leesville, Louisiana. He taught youth Sunday School, later served in the Men's Ministry and Deacon for over 25 years before moving to North Richland Hills, Texas in 1998. Believing profoundly that "A family that prays together stays together", he united with the Beth-Eden Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas where he faithfully attended until his heath declined.

Foster received his early educational trainings in the Vernon Parish Schools, Leesville, Louisiana and graduated from Vernon High School in 1950. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army where he honorably served for three years. Coach, as he is affectionally called, received his Bachelors' Degree in Physical Education and Social Sciences from Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana and his Masters' Degree in Administration-Supervision from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. He began his teaching and coaching experience at Arcadia High School, Arcadia, Louisiana for one year. Moving back to Leesville in 1958, he began teaching at Vernon High School and was named Head Football Coach. Coach Thomas served as Coach and Assistant Principal in Vernon Parish for 23 years. He served also as Supervisor of Instruction from 1972-1980 and Director of Special Services from 1980-1991. After thirty-four years educating, guiding and encouraging the students of Vernon Parish, Foster "Coach" Thomas retired in 1991. His life reflects his love for Christ, his family and his fellowman.

Mr. Foster T. Thomas, III is survived and fondly remembered by his loving, faithful and devoted wife, Patricia Ann Ruffin Thomas; His children: Cassandra Dian Thomas Wilson (Chauncy) and Cordelia Ann Thomas Thompson (Darrell); Three Grand-children: Chantel Ashley Thompson, Elicia Wilson and Darrel Dewayne Thompson (Jessica); Seven Great Grand Children: Dillon Christopher, Noah Alexander, Jason Jerome, Danielle Janea, Micah Michelle, Zaylee Anaya and Lori Chanel; Three brothers: Clarence Dale Mallet (Mary), Hayward, California, Donald Ray Mallet (Arnita), Leesville, Louisiana and Rev. Michael Daniel Mallet (Jacqueline), Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A blessed child, Dayon Demond Mallet and host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Published by Leesville Daily Leader from May 24 to Jun. 3, 2021.
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So many good memories, too many to recall in this short space. Some people talk the talk, Coach Thomas walked the walk. I feel blessed to have known him and the amazing relationship between Coach and Dr. Russell was truly inspiring to witness. They took control at LHS during the worst time in its history, making it safe again for ALL students, giving us amazing role models to emulate. Rest in peace, Coach, and thank you.
Debra Holler
Student
June 21, 2021
So sorry to hear of your lost. Praying for you all.
Patricia Hughley and Family
Friend
May 29, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Judy Conerly
Student
May 29, 2021
Extending my sincerest prayers and condolences to the family. Ascend Peacefully Brother Thomas.
Chal-Micah Wilson
Friend
May 28, 2021
Sad to hear this, Coach Thomas was inspirational in my upbringing.
Ron Fertitta
Student
May 28, 2021
Coach Thomas was a good man.
Joe Bolgiano
Student
May 28, 2021
God give his family the strength to endure their lost. Coach Thomas was the original Lion, and one of the corner stones of the community. He mentored many young men as a Coach and Teacher at Vernon High School. A Mighty Lion!
Frank G. Rock Jr.
Acquaintance
May 27, 2021
Cannot express what a profound impact Coach Foster had on my life as a student at LHS from 1971-1975.
dexter upshaw
Student
May 27, 2021
My condolences to the family. Praying for God's peace during this sad time..
Gloria Woolridge
Student
May 27, 2021
Coach Thomas was my Drivers Ed Teacher when I was in the 8th Grade I really admired him. He was a person that you could look up to and him his wife was a beautiful couple they was who I called my special God Parents. He loved the Lord it showed by the way he lived his life and he loved his wife unconditional that's what I admired by him. He will be missed dearly not just by his family but also his students that he taught especially me. Coach Thomas may you Rest now. To his family I send my Condolences and my Prayers
Debra Garner
Student
May 27, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Thomas family. I pray that you will find comfort and assurance in these words: "To believe that what was true of Our Lord is, in its less degree, true of all who are in Him. They go away in order to be with us in a new way, even closer than before. I do not doubt he is doing and will do for us all sorts of things he could not have done while in the body." C.S. Lewis
Catherine J Bonner
Friend
May 27, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Angela Sullivan Robinson
Student
May 27, 2021
Foster had many fine qualities. He was a loving, caring, responsible, dependable, honest, truthful, steadfast, daring, smart, great man who you couldn't help but like and respect. I will never forget when they closed Vernon High and elevated Foster to vice principal at Leesville High.
It was 1972 and I was a young coach, 23 years old. Foster and Dr, Russell kept order and discipline in Leesville High during a very volatile time in education in Vernon Parish. There was Foster, backing the teachers, coaches, everyone at LHS, keeping order, helping out wherever he could.
I will never meet a finer man than Foster Thomas.
My prayers are with his entire family.
Rickey French
Friend
May 26, 2021
Thinking of Coach Thomas' family at this sad time. Blessings and prayers for all.
melinda pilkinton
May 26, 2021
Heaven has gained a wonderful man. Our prayers and condolences to the family. May God give you peace, and May He comfort you during these times
Gregory and Castine Wilson Porche
Friend
May 25, 2021
Godspeed, Coach Thomas. Prayers for Peace for all.
Robert Freshley Jr
Student
May 25, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Coach Thomas was a fine man!
Lisa Berry Franklin
May 25, 2021
I will remember Mr. Thomas always. I was in his classroom the day & time that Pres. Kennedy'd assassination was announced. Sad and memorable day...but, for me no sadder than this day. Rest in peace and give a hug to Jesus and my dad, Coach Perkins, and to my mom, Dorothy!
Yvonne Perkins
Student
May 25, 2021
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