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W. “Leo” Thames
1936 - 2017

W. “Leo” Thames, 80, of Richardson, formerly of Iowa Park, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday at the Prestonwood Baptist Church chapel in Plano. Sparkman Richardson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Leo was born on Aug. 17, 1936, in Orangedale (Bee County), to Glen Walton and Gladys Leona (Buchanan) Thames. He graduated from Moran High School in 1954 and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Humanities from Hardin-Simmons University in 1959.

He was licensed and ordained by the First Baptist Church of Moran in 1955. He attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary as well as Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in U. S. Army 50th Signal Battalion until 1963, at the rank of Specialist Four as a Chaplain’s Assistant. He and his family settled in Iowa Park, where he served as a deacon with the First Baptist Church.

He was a Regional Program Administrator with the Texas Department of Health where he retired in 1991 after 28 years. He then served as Director of Admissions at Texhoma Christian Care Center in Wichita Falls from 1991 until 1995. He also served as volunteer staff at First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, and then with The Network of Community Ministries after he moved to Richardson in 2002.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Jesse Walton; and sisters, Leafa Christine (Tandy), and Hazel Marylen (Sipe).

Survivors include two sons, Philip and Marc; and five granddaughters.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wichita Falls First Baptist Church Glory Choir or The Network of Community Ministries.

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