OBITUARY

Chris John Thomas

June 14, 1968February 4, 2019
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A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Chris John Thomas, 50, of Temple, will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen with a time of visitation to follow. Chris John Thomas, beloved son and brother, was born June 14, 1968 in Landstuhl, Germany and drew his last breath February 3, 2019, most likely, we suspect, from the excitement of winning a square on the Super Bowl game and the disappointment of the Oakland Raiders season, along with rumors of the team moving to Las Vegas. He was a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan, and loved the franchise, except for Al Davis, he didn’t like you, he still had heartburn about you moving the team to Los Angeles. He was an avid sportsman and when he wasn’t watching his team he could be found fishing his property on Hilltop Lake, or going to Kentucky, where his favorite fishing spots were, he loved to go to NASCAR races, and he would count down the days until these vacations. Everyone that knew Chris knew he was his parent’s favorite, just ask him, he would tell you. He especially loved his mother’s cooking. He lived his life the way he wanted and he was kind. Chris never met a person he couldn’t laugh with.

He is survived by his parents James and Keum Ja Thomas, siblings Christine (and spouse Paul), Richard, Faie (and spouse Ron), and his twin, Christine (and spouse Mike), nieces Marion, Justine, and Jasmin, nephews Thomas, James, and great nephew Malachi. The final whistle has blown.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
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Don & Norma Gallahger

February 9, 2019

We want to express our sincere sympathy to all of Chris' family. James and Keum, you did a terrific job raising such a wonderful son. He was so kind and caring, always wanting to do things for others. We feel so blessed to have Chris visit us in Kentucky. He enjoyed coming in the fall to see the changing color of the leaves on our hills and he loved fishing with our sons. We told him that we adopted him as our fifth son. He truly was a part of our family. Chris never missed texting us on birthdays and special holidays. He also sent beautiful cards at Christmas. Chris will really be missed by his Kentucky family and we will cherish the memories we have of him. As he and Randy were leaving to go back to Texas, there was a circle prayer with the four of us asking God to grant them a safe trip home. We loved him as one of ours. Praying for the family. God Bless you.
Don & Norma Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher

February 9, 2019

I met Chris the first year he came to KY for vacation with Randy. He quickly became a member of our family...a brother. Chris would be the first to finish eating at our family meals, and then disappear. We would find him doing the dishes so others could spend more time together. That's just one small example of how kind, generous and thoughtful Chris was to others. I was fortunate to attend NASCAR races, fishing trips, and spend a lot of time with Chris during his annual KY trip. We especially enjoyed the many late nights of watching sports, talking gardening and laughing for hours. Chris will be greatly missed, but I am blessed to have known him. I will see you again one day...love you brother. My prayers are with Chris' family and friends.

Missy Gallagher

February 7, 2019

Gary and I will miss you coming to Ky. Gary will miss you; going fishing, and going to Chinese for lunch. Chris you will be truly missed here in Ky. Don and Norma and the rest of the family, adopted you as one of their own. Prayers for your family and friends. Especially Randy Gallagher, it's hard to lose a loved one.

Loti Gallaghet

February 7, 2019

I am really going to miss you coming to KY. And so are my little doggies you always brought them the best treats from Texas! My condolences to family he was very special.

Scott Mclellan

February 7, 2019

I met Chris as the # 1 bartender at city lights. He always had a smile. And was easy to talk to. We lost touch. But a few years ago my son went to work for him and I couldn't believe it was him. He was a great boss to my son and a great friend.

Rico Gilcreest

February 6, 2019

We had a blast in high school my friend. You were a great and funny friend and will be missed. Long live Delta SS

Phyllis Cahall

February 6, 2019

We are so very sorry to hear of Chris ‘s passing. He and our son Jeff were very good friends and business partners for many years. They did beautiful tile work together and enjoyed many times fishing and just hanging out! Chris will be missed!

Rhonda Cayton

February 6, 2019

I've known Chris since 1990. The old City lights days. Always smiling that's what I'll remember most. We've stayed friends through the years. Our Birthdays are 2 days apart. And he never forgot mine. Prayers are with your family. Love you Chris!

Regina Kirby

February 6, 2019

we are so sorry for your loss---prayers and condolences to the family and friends...
i met chris in killeen when i went to work at the kentucky fried chicken that use to be across from k-mart on old 440--- chris was one of the cooks and he always had us laughing and having a fun time at work.. i would see him occasionally a The Zoo where he bartended and he always had a smile for everyone.. my husband i left killeen in 1990 so welost touch but through Facebook we were able to re-connect with old friends--chris being one of them. His smile and humor will be missed. RIP chris

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Biography

Chris John Thomas was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Chris will be remembered as a very exceptional, compassionate person.

He was the son of James & Keum Ja Thomas, who he loved dearly. Chris was born in Landstuhl, Germany but grew up around the world. He moved frequently as a dependent of a military father and settled in Killeen, Texas in 1984.

Chris was raised with four siblings. He had 2 older sisters, Christine and Faie, an older brother, Richard, and his twin sister, Tina. Chris was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

As a young boy, Chris had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked to watch sports and collect sports memorabilia. However, to Chris, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

A typical teenager, Chris had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

Always considered a “great” friend to those he knew, Chris enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. Some of Chris' best friends and fishing buddies were Randy Gallagher, Russell Peters and Donnie Gallagher. Chris loved a great joke and he could make you laugh. He was hilarious!

Fortunately, Chris enjoyed what he did for a living and was a hard worker. Showing a strong work ethic and owning his own business, worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. He always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Chris enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pastime was watching the Oakland Raiders football, collecting any sports memorabilia and fishing on his property on Hilltop Lakes. He liked to follow sports projections, football facts and the fish and game reports. He always made time to follow sporting events, he was interested and watched from high school up to the professional level. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but also willing to share his interests with others. He loved his life and he was content.

Chris found pleasure in sports. Chris was a sports fanatic. He enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list were the Oakland Raiders, UNC Basketball, Texas A&M, NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves. He likes to wake up and go to sleep to the sound of sports center; and if you don’t know the sports center theme song then Chris would have felt sorry for you.

Chris’s faith was important to him. He was a Christian and a very kind man. He was a blessing to his parents, whom he cherished and looked after.

Chris enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included fishing trips, especially to Kentucky, as he would count down the days, and going to any sporting event when he had time to get off the lakes.

Chris was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was his dog Jac, who passed away before him.

Chris passed away on February 3, 2019 at his home in Temple, Texas. He died unexpectedly from natural causes. He is survived by his parents, James and Keum Ja Thomas; siblings, Christine and spouse Paul, Richard, Faie and spouse Ron, and his twin, Christine and spouse Mike; nieces, Marion, Justine and Jasmin; nephews, Thomas and James great niece, Jayden; and great nephews, Jameson and Malachi. Memorial Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen and Chris' ashes will be spread on Hilltop Lakes, which is where he loved to be.

Simply stated, Chris was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Chris leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Chris John Thomas.