OBITUARY

Steven Lee Thomas

May 26, 1950May 9, 2019
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Steven Lee Thomas was born on May 26, 1950 to Pluma Delonamae Liggins Thomas and DeWitt Robert Thomas in Dayton, Ohio. He grew up in Xenia, Ohio surrounded by family and friends. He attended Central State University in Ohio before enlisting in the US Navy on May 18, 1970. While in the Navy, he was stationed in San Diego, California. On July 20, 1972 he was discharged from the Navy under honorable condition due to motion sickness. In August of 1973 he married Rosalinda Cabezuela and his family soon thereafter moved to Houston, Texas. On December 17, 1979, he joined the Houston Fire Department where he was one of the founding members of the Black Firefighters Caucus, acting on the officer’s board as Secretary for many years. In this capacity he advocated for hiring, mentoring, and promoting African American firefighters who were often prohibited from employment opportunities and leadership positions. As a result of his dedication and perseverance, in conjunction with the Firefighters Black Caucus, the Fire Department began for the first time hiring and promoting African American firefighters, women, multiple ethnicities, and LGBTQ thereby ushering in a new era of diversity and excellence. His innovative modification of cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures included increasing compressions while decreasing breaths leading to the dramatic rise of survival rates among patients. His new CPR techniques were adopted internationally as best practices saving untold lives. He served the city of Houston heroically until his retirement on June 3, 2005. He is survived by his mother Pluma, sister Margaret, brother DeWitt; four children Lisa, Tashima, Hashim, and Steven; grandchildren Tyrone Gabriel, Luke Thomas, Levi Thomas, Juliet Thomas; daughter-in-law Brittney; and great-grandchildren Beau and Zylen Gabriel; ex-wife Rosalinda; grand-pets Teddy, Roxy, Sheba, and Solomon; numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father DeWitt and grandson Dominic LeDay. As an African art aficionado, cosmopolitan traveler, and cigar enthusiast, he was an international man of mystery and underground saboteur. He will be remembered for his colorful candor, abundant compassion, comprehensive erudition, and generosity of spirit. He is dearly beloved and cherished by all who knew him.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Reception Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Casey Ward

May 20, 2019

It was very difficult to hear of your passing, just thinking of you when I was younger always asking for you when I went to see my Dad at work and always looking forward to seeing you and the Booster. Please if anything save me a seat up there for me at the giant coffee table. Until we meet again farewell Thomas. RIP

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Beryl-Lynn Strong

May 19, 2019

Mr. Thomas was one of my instructors when I was in fire school. I am shocked and sad to hear of his passing. Life is just too short after fire department work... My deepest sympathy to his family and close friends. He will be missed.

Gaylon Davenport

May 19, 2019

Steve Thomas will be missed by all the members of Houston Black Firefighters Association, he was a fighter for the person that didn't have a voice. RIP Steve

sullivan kelley

May 19, 2019

I will missing my friend and member of the 2nd Street gang

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