Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 22, 2013

Gordon Thomas


The Athens Review

Athens — ATHENS-Services for Gordon Lee Thomas, 91, Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Perry Smith officiating.

Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

He was born July 15, 1922 in Victor to James Wesley and Eva Mae Dixon Thomas. Gordon served proudly in the Army in World War II. When registering for the service he was refused due to poor eye sight. He said “No sir, please find a place for me. I am not going home.”

He returned to his hometown of Dublin and married his sweetheart, Dita Cowan, April 28, 1946. They remained sweethearts for 67 years. Gordon was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church. He retired from Shell Oil in 1983 and moved to Athens to be close to family.

Survivors include: his wife of 67 years, Dita Thomas, Athens; son Mark Thomas and wife Geraldine, Athens; granddaughters Janet and Dr. Wade Travis, Georgetown, Julie Caldwell and Chris, Palmer; great-grandchildren Austin Travis, Jackson Travis, Anna Grace Travis and Adlayn Travis, Georgetown, Coralyn and Jacob Caldwell, Palmer; sister, Lena Arnett, San Antonio; brothers and sisters-in-law, Pat Cowan, Dublin, Beth Brunner, Tyler, Billie and Joella Cowan, Stephenville, John and Sue Cowan, Arlington, Willetta and Wyndel Tackett, Athens; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lee Tackett, Steve Tackett, Gerald Blocker, Wade Travis, Austin Travis, Neil Cowan.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ,Wednesday, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Childrens Sunday School Ministry, First Baptist Church, 105 South Carroll, Athens, TX 75751.

You may leave a message of condolence, or light a memorial candle for the family at www.carroll-lehr.com .