Kyle R. Thomas

January 12, 1948June 18, 2020
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Kyle R. Thomas, age 72, passed away at his home Thursday, June 18, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Carolyn (Hebert) Thomas to whom he was married for 45 years.

Born in East Bernard, TX a son of Kyle A. and Edna (Kimble) Thomas; he was raised in Houston, TX. He settled with his wife and became a longtime resident of Swansea, MA. He is affectionately known as “Butch” to his Texas family and friends.

He was a graduate of George Washington Carver High School in Houston. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. An Electrical Engineer, his career spanned 30 years with the majority spent at Raytheon and then General Dynamics/Electric Boat, retiring in 2006.

Throughout his life, Kyle was a very religious man. He was a music lover with an extensive collection of vinyl and CD’s, he favored Jazz, Motown, Blues and Hip Hop. Kyle was a big fan of watching sports, especially basketball and football. He played a mean game of Dominoes over the years. He enjoyed food, taking pictures wherever he went, traveling cross-country with his family and cruises with Carolyn. Kyle volunteered with his son’s Boy Scouts Troop 303 in Swansea where they participated in many events together, and was a volunteer usher at Trinity Rep in Providence with his wife. He was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for the Swansea Fire Department for 15 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Kellie Thomas of Tampa, FL; one son, Kevin Thomas and his wife Jenn of Acushnet; two sisters, Bertha Brownlow and Janice Thomas; one brother, Gerald Thomas; a granddaughter, Lexi; many cousins, nieces, nephews and a wide host of extended family and friends. He was the brother of the late Ennis Earl Thomas.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest with a visitation prior from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Due to current occupancy restrictions, please be mindful that guests may have to wait outside while others pay their respects. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association Rhode Island Chapter,



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Gordon Cox

July 2, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Thomas Family in the transition of Kyle. I like to say I had the chance on multiple times to enjoy his friendship, kindness and good conversation during several family holidays at Dr John and Nelda Hebert home and at Kellie’s wedding, enjoyable times. Those times I will always remember when I had one on one talks and laughs with Kyle. You see, there was never a time Kyle would not carry on a conversation, at least between us. If there was ever a contest to see who could out talk who in a discussion, Kyle would win hands down. LOL! We could talk about anything, sports to social issues, to his interesting work in electrical engineering. In Kyle, I found a genuine and straightforward person with an upbeat attitude and who I thought to be an open-minded thinker. Prayers of healing go out to his wife Carolyn and his kids, Kellie and Kevin and the rest of the Family. It was a pleasure to have known him. Rest in Peace Kyle.

Joseph Brum

June 30, 2020

We had the pleasure of meeting Kyle while visiting in Rhode Island. May the comfort of our Lord embrace his family.

Sadie Graham

June 28, 2020

Just wanted you to know that our hearts and thoughts of you and your family. May God Continue to Bless You and give you the strength needed to move on ..... cherish those marvelous years you and Kyle spent together as you traveled down life’s highway..... Remember ..... We all have a final destination.

Sadie and James Graham

Gwen and Gordon Cox

June 27, 2020

We were so sorry to hear about Kyle’s home going. We’re praying for the family. We know its hard to loose a love one! Stay strong! Our prayers will be with you!

Aaron & Rosemary L. Goldsmith

June 27, 2020

It is with deepest sympathy that we extend our sincere condolences to the Thomas family regarding the loss of our long time friend, Kyle. Please be assured you are in our prayers.
Prayerfully submitted,
Aaron and Rosemary L. Goldsmith
Matthew 5;4
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Emmitt Dickerson

June 27, 2020

Butch (Kyle) and I were cousins (two first cousins children) and we grew up and played together when visiting family in Houston. I had the opportunity of meeting his family when they attended the Kimble Family Reunion 2019 (La Grange, Texas). He will be greatly missed. We are sending our deepest condolences and love to his immediate and extended family. Rest easy Butch.

Emmitt Dickerson & Family

Joyce & Ed Buxton

June 26, 2020

A gentle giant, big of heart, tall of stature and soft spoken. Pleasant to be around, always kind with a nice smile.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. You will be missed.

Joyce & Ed

Jenn Thomas

June 25, 2020

I am truly blessed to have gotten the opportunity to become a part of this family. Dad Thomas- thank you for the memories that I’ve gotten to have with you. Kevin and I are lucky to have such an incredible guardian angel now. Miss you!!!

Jen DosAnjos

June 24, 2020

Kyle, my favorite of all times, I have no words to describe how much you are missed, Carolyn and family, you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers,
With deepest sympathy - Jen RN

Yolonda McClain

June 24, 2020

Carolyn, Mac and I are praying for you and your family. We have fond memories being with Kyle in Michigan. May God continue to comfort you.
Love, Edward and Yolonda McClain