Billy Joe Thomas, 81, of Sanger (Gribble Springs), passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at his home. He was born September 5, 1931 at Gribble Springs to Odie L, and Mary Lee (Cryer) Thomas. He was a graduate of Roanoke High School, and a member of the Gateway United Baptist Church in Denton. He was a retired welder and pipefitter. He was married to Doris Elaine Woodruff on June 6, 1950 in Roanoke, TX and she passed away on December 21, 2008, then he married Marjorie Sturdevant Irick on October 5, 2009 in Denton. He was a member of the Kennewick, WA Masonic Lodge, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union #598, and delivered Meals on Wheels for Metro Port in Roanoke and Trophy Club.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Marjorie Thomas of Sanger; daughters, Cynthia Ann Maloney and husband, Tom of Tacoma, WA, Marilyn Sue Caudill of Albany, OR; sons, Jerald Wayne Thomas of Baker, OR, Stephen Earl Thomas of Comas, WA; stepdaughter, Wendolyn Yeakley of Sanger; stepson, J.W. Irick of Denton; nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other extended family members.
A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the Gateway United Baptist Church, 2401 N. Bell Ave., Denton, with Rev. Buddy Owens officiating. Burial will follow at the Gribble Springs Cemetery in Denton County. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. for visitation.
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