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James Earl “Jim” Thomas, 76, passed away at his home in Taylor on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Centennial Building in Taylor.
James was born on a farm in Estancia, N.M., in 1936 to James J. and Lottie Hamby Thomas.
He enjoyed raising animals and always loved his dogs.
He completed ninth grade and then had to go to work.
Jim married Elsie Mildred Brown, his wife of 47 years, on Sept. 13, 1957. He raised six children. His wife passed away in 2004.
He owned his own excavating company in Albuquerque, N.M., from 1967-1993, when he sold it. He moved to Arkansas in 1995.
Jim married Mary Lundy Thomas on Nov. 25, 2009.
He was such a loving husband and father. He was such an honest, hardworking and thoughtful man who got along with everyone.
Jim helped deliver Meals on Wheels for approximately three years until his health became too bad to do so.
He was a convert to the LDS church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lundy Thomas, and eight children, Larry Jay Brown, Evorah Faye Brown, William Clay Thomas, Deborah Gaye Thomas Robinson, Laurence Junior Brown, Chris (Ron) Woodward, Jeffrey Wayne Thomas and Kenneth Wade Thomas. He also had 31 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Mildred; his parents; two brothers, Robert Theodore Thomas and William H. Thomas; a sister, Alice La Verne Thomas Dial; and a son, Bobbie Ray Thomas.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.