Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX


John "Pee Wee" Thomas

September 3, 1932October 27, 2019

John “Pee Wee” Thomas, 87, of Baytown, TX, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019. He was born on September 3, 1932 and was a life-long Baytonian. He married his high school sweetheart Benny May Wilburn Thomas on November 26, 1955. Pee Wee worked at the Baytown Exxon Refinery for 37 years. He was a member of the Baytown Evening Optimist Club, Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church, and had a passion for sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.A. Thomas and Gladys Wight; and by his sister, Billie Marie Cherry.

He is survived by his wife of almost 64 years; daughter, Lori Woods and husband Bill Woods; son, Brett Thomas and wife Cheryl Thomas; grandchildren, Ryan Woods and wife Jennifer Woods, Jordan Woods and fiancé Alex Lockard, Alyssa Futch, Meredith Futch, and Trey Thomas; and great-granddaughter, Olivia Woods to be born in April 2020.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at Navarre Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery in Baytown.

Serving as pallbearers will be Alan Beauchamp, Lee Beauchamp, Robert Guenther, Jackie Huddleston, Barry Nettles, and Bill Woods.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Rollingbrook Healthcare Center and to Traditions Health Care.

Donations may be made in his memory to Cedar Bayou Grace UMC Building Fund.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, October 30, 2019


John "Pee Wee" Thomas

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Daniel Groberg

October 30, 2019

I am very sorry to hear about your Dad. It was a lot of fun when he and your Mom would pop up and spend some time in Kerens. I still have that page he made with the win/loss record between Baytown Lee and the rangers. Praying for you, Lori, Cheryl, and the family.

Mrs. Thomas - there was no doubt about the love your husband had for you. You both were such a great example to all of your kids, grandkids, and friends. Prayers for strength and comfort...


Trey Thomas

October 30, 2019

I was lucky to have paw paw he was my very first grandfather he was a very happy and very sweet nice person.

Meredith Futch

October 30, 2019

PeeWee was such a joy to be around! I could never forget his bright, sassy attitude. His cute high white socks with his favorite team shirt on. He always made me feel so welcomed and loved. I was so blessed to have the opportunity to have PeeWee in my life!

Cheryl Thomas

October 30, 2019

I was blessed with the best father-in-law ever. I remember the first time I met him - he was welcoming and included me in his “circle.”

Eva Lee Smith

October 29, 2019

Dear Benny Mae,
My sincere sympathy in the passing of Pee Wee, he was such a highly respected man. I well remember being neighbors with you and Pee Wee, and working in the Accounting Department with Pee Wee at Humble. It is an honor to count you both as friends. May God bless you, and your family, at this sad time.
Eva Lee Smith

Mary Cook

October 29, 2019

Pee Wee and Benny Mae were members of my camping club. they frequently travelled to Central Texas to Camp with us. They sure loved the National United Methodist Campers and we loved them. I have good memories of our time spent together. Mary Cook

Ann Radde

October 29, 2019

So many wonderful memories with you and Pee Wee while we were all camping. He was a great wagon master, and Leonard became a really good wagon master too! Thanks for good memories! Sending prayers for you along with lots of love.💕 Ann Radde

Brett Thomas

October 29, 2019

To the best Daddy ever. I’ll never forget your approach to life! It was always positive, friendly to others, and uniquely humorous. You always made time for me and taught me life long lessons. I knew if I beat you in cards or ping pong or whatever, I deserved it...because given the opportunity you would cream me whether I was 3 or 33!

I love you forever💙

Frank Busch

October 29, 2019

Dear Benny May, Lori, and Brett and all the family

I have many happy memories of seeing and visiting with Pee Wee and Benny May over many years--including the 1950s in Denton at then North Texas State University. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Pee Wee was admired and loved by many people.

ralph erwin

October 28, 2019

It is with much sadness that I learn of Johnny "Pee Wee" Thomas's death. I enjoyed knowing him first at Baytown Junior High and then through High School at Lee. Johnny was someone that was always truthful and could be counted as a friend. My deepest condolences to Benny May and the entire family.

Sincerely, Ralph Erwin