Special to the Review
The Athens Review
Carl Henry Thomas III, better known as Skip to his family and close personal friends, passed away Oct. 5, 2011, as the result of a very rare liver disease. Unfortunately, the disease went undetected and untreated until a few weeks prior to his passing.
Thomas was required to be off from his job as a Patrol Sergeant for the Kaufman County Sheriffs’ Department for an extended period of time, due to his health issues. Thomas had missed very little work during his 11-year tenure at the Sheriffs’ Department.
Subsequently, Thomas had a lot of compensatory time, sick time and vacation time, and he thought he would be able to return to work prior to utilizing all of this time.
However, Thomas never got better, and his health continued to decline. Prior to his death, he exhausted all of his time off, and had no source of income. Fortunately, his family was in a better financial situation than many families, and was able to provide financial assistance to pay his personal bills and premiums.
Thomas is reported to have loved God, his family, his profession, his position as a Patrol Sergeant for a Sheriff’s Department, and he loved and respected his co-workers greatly. He often spoke about how fortunate he was to have a family that could offer financial support to him in his time of need. He also voiced many concerns about other first responder’s who could have a similar situation fall upon them.
Because of Thomas’ love for God, family, country, fellow deputies and other first responders, the Thomas family has established the Carl “Skip” Thomas Memorial Fund. The Fund will aide first responders who work for any fire or law enforcement agency in Kaufman County that may find themselves in a devastating life situation, without any means of support, or a way to provide for their family and the daily necessities of life.
In addition, the Carl “Skip” Thomas Memorial Fund has established scholarships to a graduating Kemp High School Senior and Kaufman High School Senior interested in a law enforcement career.
Interested graduating seniors may ask for an application from their counselor, or may contact Pat Laney at the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department at 972-932-4337.
The fund has been established at The American National Bank of Kaufman, It is perpetual, and will be managed by Wendy Thomas, a sister of Skip’s, and will continually consist of a board, comprised from a member of the Thomas Family, The Kaufman County Sheriff, and Thomas Family Legal Counsel. Any first responder that finds themselves in a similar situation as Thomas may apply for financial assistance by contacting Wendy Thomas at 972-932-4369.
Donations may be made to the Carl “Skip” Thomas Memorial Fund at the American National Bank of Kaufman and are tax-deductible.