Luther Edward (LE) Thomas, 83, of Amarillo died on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. with Sammy O'Dell, Pastor of Grace Communion International, officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Dalhart. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Mr. Thomas was born July 28, 1927 to Luther Thomas Sr. and Lovera Hoosier Thomas in Seymour, Texas. The family moved to Dalhart in 1931, where Mr. Thomas grew up. He was a graduate of Dalhart High School. He then enrolled in Texas A&M University, where he completed 3 years of college before he volunteered for service in the US Army in 1947. Mr. Thomas went to the Calvary Recon unit where he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He served in Germany for 3 years. He was elevated to platoon commander and then to company commander. Mr. Thomas was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1951.
Mr. Thomas was married to Norma Jean Herman Milburn on July 28, 1951. That union produced three children, sons Lee Edward Thomas of Amarillo and Lane Evans Thomas of Borger; and a daughter Larriet Elaine Thomas of Dallas. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
Mr. Thomas was employed for 10 years by Herman State Lumber Company in Dalhart. He also owned the Sealtest Milk and Ice Cream Distributorship there. He was President of the Dalhart Jaycees, and he served as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 03397 in Dalhart.
The Thomas family moved to Borger in 1968 when he joined Frank Smith & Associates Insurance Co, where he worked until 1980. From there he enrolled in LSU, and graduated from their School of Insurance. While living in Borger, he was president of the Top of Texas Underwriters of Pampa. He was also on the Board of the Spearman Chamber of Commerce and served as its president. He was responsible for Spearman getting the Nursanickle Motel, and he was involved in getting Hansford Manor for that city. In 1980, Mr. Thomas went to work for G.E. Jones Electric Company Inc. as the outside salesman for the Eastern half of the Texas Panhandle, the Oklahoma Panhandle and for Western Kansas.
In 1998, a fire destroyed the Thomas home in Borger. Mr. Thomas was rescued by Borger firemen after they found his unconscious body on the floor of the burning house. He was flown to the Lubbock Burn Center at Texas Tech, where he was comatose for 35 days. He went through a long rehab period. Norma Jean Thomas did not survive the house fire.
Prior to his death, Mr. Thomas was a resident of the Park Place Towers retirement community in Amarillo, and later the Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home. Mr. Thomas served as a volunteer at Park Place Towers. He was willing to share food or medicine with anyone; and he would drive anyone needing transportation. This included trips to out of town doctors where he waited many hours. He was always the first person at the bedside of the sick, and he spent many hours visiting hospital patients with a story to cheer them up.
His parents and his only brother preceded him in death. Survivors include his three children, his son-in-law Johannes W. Pot, and many cousins.