James B. Thomas
1922 - 2010
James B. Thomas, 88, passed away at the House of Hope in Wichita Falls last week.
Graveside services were held Monday at Riverside Cemetery with Dr. Isaac Butterworth officiating and Bob Hampton assisting.
Mr. Thomas was born Aug. 4, 1922, in Floydada to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Thomas. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1940 and attended Hardin Junior College. During World War II he served in the Naval Air Force in the Pacific Theater as a Torpedo Pilot on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Cowpens. Upon returning to Texas, he entered the University of Texas in Austin on the G.I. Bill graduating with a Masters Degree. He moved to Houston and was employed at Cravens, Dargan and Company Insurance Managers. He and Gwen Garnett were married Jan. 30, 1950, at Central Presbyterian Church in Houston. In 1955 the family moved to Wichita Falls where he became Executive Vice President of Eureka Life Insurance Company. He became president of the company and retired in 1987. He served on the Wichita Falls City Council and was a 50 year member and past president of the Downtown Rotary Club. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He enjoyed taking early morning walks, and exercise classes at the Y.M.C.A. and playing tennis and golf. The family joined the Presbyterian Church in 1965, where he was a former teacher of the Men’s Bible Class and served as an elder.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jonathan Edward of Alamo Heights and James Garnett of Iowa Park; and a daughter, Leslie Diane McWilliams of Salado.
The family suggests memorials be made to House of Hope at 5100 Stone Lake Dr., Wichita Falls, Tx. 76302; or Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. box 4804, Wichita Falls, Tx. 76308.