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Romulus Buckland "Cork" Thomas Jr.

December 11, 1931August 31, 2020

R. Buckland “Cork” Thomas, Jr., 88, of Newburgh, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020. He was born December 11, 1931 in Natchitoches, Louisiana to the late Romulus B. and Althea (Groves) Thomas, Sr.

He was a US Army veteran and member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Cork was the original Medical Director for St. Mary’s Medical Center Psychiatric Unit. He retired from private practice at Mulberry Center, Inc. Two of his favorite pastimes were owning and working at his dairy and beef farm in Monroe, WI, and also hunting.

Buckland is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cheryl; daughters, Susan Thomas and Cynthia Kopka; son, William Thomas (Melanie); stepdaughters, Angela Rodman and Melissa Oakland; grandchildren, Christopher Thomas; Rachel Troxal, Jacob Wisniewski, Sophia Stephens and Olivia Stephens; great-grandchildren, Max, Forrest and Lucy, and brother, James Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Claude Burns, with entombment in St. John Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Newburgh, Reliable Day Care of Evansville, SouthernCare Hospice or Cypress Grove Rehabilitation Center. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Romulus Buckland "Cork" Thomas Jr.

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Linda Powers

September 16, 2020

Cheryl, So sorry for Cork's suffering and for your loss. The photo is lovely and brings back memories of our all-too-infrequent meetings over the years. It was nice for us to be able to tune into the funeral service from a distance. Love, Linda and Bob

Cathy Funkhouser

September 15, 2020

My sincere sympathy to Corky's family and friends. He was a true gentleman. His presence made the world a better place.
Eternal rest grant unto Dr. Thomas, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all our dearly departed, thru the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen.

Bonnie Carroll

September 13, 2020

So sorry for your loss Cheryl. I so enjoyed working with both of you at Mulberry Center. I will always remember how kind and respectable Dr. Thomas was. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Bonnie


September 13, 2020

I was saddened to hear Dr. Thomas passed away. My wife
Lucia Carlson was a patient from his time at St Marys until
he retired. You evened treated her for a short time until you
retired to help him. He was truly a caring old school doctor
that there are not enough of anymore. Lucia passed away in May
and the doctors she had since Dr Thomas couldn't hold a
candle to him. It was my honor to know him and please accept
my sincere condolences
Roland Carlson

Nancy Cochrane

September 13, 2020

Cheryl, My prayers go out to you and your family. I will always remember Dr. Thomas as the kind man he was. I wish you God’s comfort and peace.
With love, Nancy

Bill McAdams

September 10, 2020

I always remember Cork treating those he encountered with the utmost of kindness and respect. Truly an exceptional person and friend to many. When he and I would talk thru the years he always had a special “chuckle.”
Fun to be with him and fortunate to call him a friend.


Kevin Foster

September 8, 2020

My deepest sympathies are with you and your entire family. Dr. Thomas was truly a treasure and will be greatly missed. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Dana Hansen

September 7, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories from working with Dr. Thomas at the Stress Center. He was a great physician and we all loved him.


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