Robert William Thomas

February 1, 1938 - May 11, 2019
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Robert William Thomas, affectionately known by friends as Bob or BT, passed away May 11, 2019 at the age of 81 after battling Alzheimer’s.  Bob was born on February 1, 1938 in Crofton, Kentucky to Boyce and Vernell Thomas. He passed away in the company of his long-time close friend and caregiver, Brenda Anderson, only days after a visit from both his children.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at Dogwood Funerals & Cremations with Rev. Barry Williams officiating.  Dogwood Funerals & Cremations is in charge of arrangements.

Bob enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17.  While an Airman, he served on the Field Maintenance Squadron as an Aircraft Electrical Specialist. After the Air Force, he worked as an electrician in a coal strip mine.  During this time, he became a Mason and also a Shriner.  Eventually, he moved his wife and two children to Texas where he worked as an electrician for B.F Goodrich until he retired at the age of 55.

Anyone who knew Bob knows that the theme song for his life would be “Born to be Wild.”  He absolutely loved fast cars, fast boats, and fast motorcycles.  He even did some drag racing as a hobby. He was especially proud of his custom black El Camino which he often proudly displayed in car shows.  He also was an avid water skier.  He spent every weekend for many years on the sandbars of the Sabine River with his family and friends.  He was a long-time member of the Orange Boating Club and served on the board.  Of course, his greatest passion would have to be motorcycles. He was the happiest when he was traveling the country on a Harley. His trips took him all over the United States as well as parts of Canada.  Although his boats, cars, and motorcycles were important to him, he also had a more gentle side.  Bob always had a soft spot for dogs and took in countless strays over the years.  He was also very active in Alcoholics Anonymous, and was sober for 21 years.  He used his knowledge to mentor others and developed many close relationships within AA.

Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Rene’ and Michael Gregorcyk of Houston, Texas; his son Von Thomas of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren Lauren and Blake Gregorcyk of Austin, Texas, and Kylee Thomas of Anderson, Indiana.

 

He is preceded in death by his son, Bobby Wayne Thomas, his father Boyce Thomas, his brother, Jerry Thomas, and his mother, Vernell Powell.

Memorials may take the form of donations to the Christian County Humane Society.

 

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Service Schedule

Service Information

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

Dogwood Funerals & Cremations

Address:

145 E. Princeton Street
Crofton, KY 42217

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Donation Information

Christian County Humane Society

Phone: 2708869451

P.O. Box 1233
Hopkinsville, KY 42241

 

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Born: February 1, 1938
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Chris and Sherrie Jones posted on 5/20/19

Rene we are thinking of you and your sweet family and you all will be in our prayers. Sending love and hugs your way. Chris and Sherrie Jones

 

Brenda Anderson posted on 5/17/19

My love of my heart. You will dearly be missed . There won't be a rainbow that will form that I will think of you. The sound of a Harley I will think of you. There are so many lessons I have learned from you and of course the Alzheimer's it was really tough at times didn't think I would be able to do it,but the love you showed me from time to time through this disease kept me wanting to be there for you like you have been there for me these 20 years. Time just went to fast and all our plans we made for the future well they were ours but God had his plans way before ours. Miss you so much. Smiley

 

Vicky Gregorcyk posted on 5/17/19

For Rene' and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The love of dogs runs through your family tree. Love, Vicky

 

Candy and Larry Glover posted on 5/17/19

Prayers for the ones he left behind.He will be missed and our hearts go out to the family

 

Vicky Gregorcyk posted on 5/16/19

We shared many Christmas dinners and Thanksgivings with Bob. He was happy to join in on the fun and spend time with Rene', Mike, Blake, Lauren and the rest of our family. Also, he always had a good dog story to share. I especially liked stories about Fancy, Little Boy and Little Girl. He found Fancy by a ditch. Good humor in the selection of the name...Fancy. Love to Bob, Rene', Mike, Blake and Lauren. Vicky

 

Linda Shively posted on 5/15/19

Brenda I will not be able to attend this service but please know that I am thinking of you and praying that you are at peace. I know you had a very special friendship with Bob and that you were a tremendous blessing to him during his illness. Love and prayers to you and to his family.

 

Tracy Holland posted on 5/15/19

The First Time I Ever Met You was when You came to see Your Mom Riding Your Harley wareing Shorts Sleeveless T-shirt and Sandals 😂I was like what does this Biker have on 😊

 

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