Charles Edwin Thomas II

February 20, 1928February 16, 2021

Charles E. Thomas II, 92 of El Dorado, AR; passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado.

Born on February 20, 1928 in St. Louis, MO; he was the son of Edwin R. Thomas and Carolyn Matthews Thomas. Charlie was a noted civic leader and philanthropist. A co-owner of Calion Lumber Company, he served on many boards involving Education, Finance and Health. He was a graduate of Washington University in St Louis. He later served as a professor at Washington University and SouthArk Community College in El Dorado. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church and enjoyed singing in the choir.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 57 years Camilla Van Dyke Thomas.

Survivors are son Chad Thomas (Katherine); daughter Lori Bryant (David); a brother Ted Thomas (Sissy); grandchildren Anne Thomas, Emily Thomas, Robert Sinyard and Camille Sinyard; two great-grandchildren. A special friend Rita Ann Maxwell, godchildren Eddie Leon Miller, Edmond A. Miller, Rickey Miller and Myrtis Hooks. Along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to the Covid pandemic a proper celebration of Charlie's life will be announced at later date. Cremation services were provided by Young’s Funeral Directors.

To extend Charlie's legacy of local community support, the family requests that any memorials be made, in his name, to a charity of donor's choice.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Martha Mcmurrian

February 23, 2021

There are really no words that express the gratitude that my family felt towards having
meeting Charlie through the Maxwell family. His heart was filled with love and warmth towards all who knew him. Thanks for sharing your heart with the Williams-McMurrian family. Charlie's invauluble wisdom, guidance, presence and counsel shall be greatly missed.

My continued prayer goes out to his family, friends and community.

Pamala Christian

February 23, 2021

Mr and Mrs Thomas both were special people in my family's life. My mother Mabel Christian worked for them for years. She also gained her wings on Feb 11, 2021. The both of them will be missed. Lori i pray strength for you and the rest of your family.
Pamala Christian
5411 N West Ave
El Dorado AR 71730

Sharron Hicks

February 22, 2021

My condolences and prayers to the family. Mr. Charles was a great friend to our family. Thanks for all the memories!

Dinah VanHook

February 21, 2021

Charlie was a special friend and benefactor to SouthArk and to all of El Dorado. It was an honor to be able to get to know him and to be asked to paint his portrait for the college. He was very generous with his time and resources and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Jessica Wright

February 21, 2021

My condolence to your family on behalf of the lowery family mr. Charles Thomas was always good to us he had a heart bigger than Texas and I didn't personally know him for myself but i would listen at my grandfather Ernest Lowery and my grandmother Nancy Lowery Speak on how he was a wonderful man and also my mother Christine Lowery he will truly be missed by all that live in Caliom and knew him and work with him he was a fine man it didn't come any better he was a sweet man and he always treated you fairly no matter the color of your skin I will continue to keep you all in prayer may God bless you all and just know that Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal on behalf of the lowery Family keep ur hands in God hands

henry kinslow

February 19, 2021

I have a lot of GREAT memories with Charlie, from summer days at his Calion lake house to his recommendations on classical literature and history. His contributions to South Arkansas Community College were appreciated by all. Enjoy your reunion with Camilla.

Charles Burns

February 19, 2021

With deepest sympathy as we respectfully remember Charles Thomas

Gregory Withrow

February 18, 2021

I really met Charlie when I became a board membeer of South Ark Foundation Board. Charlie had helped start the Foundation Board and his impact and support for the college was inspiring to me. He was a wonderful gentlman and always had wisdom to share if we listened. I always seeing him out to dinner at the El Dorado County Club. There was always a table of friends with him and they were enjoying life and friendship. His impact and legacy in our community will never be forgotten. We need more individuals like Charlie Thomas in our lives. I will be donating $250 in Charlie's memory to the South Ark College Foundation - a cause I know was very near and dear to his heart based on all the years he was involved. in education at this college. Charlie - I will miss you my friend.

Elizabeth Davis

February 18, 2021

My condolences. He will be greatly missed.