In Memory

Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas

James Robert (Bob) Thomas (1946-2018)

It is with great sadness that the family of James Robert (Bob) Thomas announce his passing after a brief illness on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Providence Medical Health Center in Waco, TX.

Memorial services for Mr. Thomas, age 71, of Palestine are scheduled for 2pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Grace United Methodist Church, 2130 Country Club Rd., Palestine, TX with Pastor Phil Chamberlin officiating. 

Bob was born on December 28, 1946, in Pampa, Texas to Raymond John Thomas and Grace Cordelia (Hartwell) Thomas.  He attended public schools in Pampa, TX, graduating in 1965. Bob then attended West Texas State University in Canyon, TX graduating in 1970 with a BA degree. Bob is a proud veteran of the Vietnam War, serving three years with distinction in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. He loved Palestine, TX and enjoyed spending time at his ranch. He loved life and was always a jokester. Bob was an extremely conservative man. He was a retired mortgage banker having worked for United Guaranty and CMAC and also worked for TDCJ. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his wife, Jan Thomas; daughter, Christine Hayes and husband Roger, and step-daughter, Dawn Gibson; step-sons, Marcos Escobar, Andrew Escobar & wife Amber, and Shawn Decker & wife Elizabeth; brothers, David Thomas & wife Betty and John Thomas & wife Darlene; sister, Londa Gilbreath & husband Ron Peterson; grandchildren: Emily Hayes, Evan Hayes, Aubrey Escobar, Brandon Decker, Eisley Escobar, Anabelle Decker, and Abbey Escobar; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.


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02/02/18 10:04 PM #1    

Pam Ludeman (Price)

James Robert (Bob) Thomas in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam, June 1972 

Just a note from my sister Londa (class of 58); brother John (class of 63) & me David (class of 62), that we lost our beloved brother Bob of your class January 19, 2018 to pneumonia.    Bob lived in Palestine, TX and was a proud Vietnam veteran.

Submitted by his brother David (PHS Class of 1962)

02/03/18 02:29 PM #2    

Jim Arthur

I knew Bob in school in Pampa,Texas and later after college, we were drafted in to the US Army in the fall of 1970; went through bootcamp at Fort Ord California. I guess thats the last time I saw Bob - during graduation at bootcamp. Bob was a fine guy! He never did have a great deal to say. I am really sorry to hear about his death. May peace be with his family and friends.

02/09/18 10:35 AM #3    

Rich Patrick

I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing.  He was one of my mentors in Boy Scouts when we were maybe 12 or 13.  He helped me learn how to earn merit badges and "honed" me in the skills of being a Boy Scout; especially at a week long boy scout camp out in the woods or aquatic camp in the water.  He was a very quiet but very quality guy!!

Rich Patrick

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