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Lynn Thomas

August 23, 1938August 27, 2021
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Lynn Thomas, 83, of Texarkana, AR passed away in a local nursing home. Lynn was born August 23, 1938 in Texarkana, TX. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force; owner and operator of Thomas Appliance Company and later of Thomas Tree Stands and retired from East Funeral Home. He served on the Texarkana, AR. School Board, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Grand Jury in the 70s. He was a member of Highland Church of Christ and The Saline Creek Hunting Club in DeLight, AR; he was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoors man.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judy Mote Thomas; son and daughter-in-law, Randall Lynn Thomas and wife Loretta of Colorado Springs, CO; daughter and son-in-law, Kim Knowles and husband, Duane and son and daughter-in-law, Brad Thomas and wife, Crista all of Texarkana, AR; sister and brother-in-law, Pat Beckham and her husband, Bill of Texarkana, AR, and sister-in-law, Patsy Pascarella of Texarkana, AR; grandchildren, Jennifer Chavez and her husband Nick of Colorado Springs, CO, Kristi Knowles of Texarkana, AR , Marci Thomas of Colorado Springs, CO, Nelson Thomas and fiance’ Ashley Jenkins of Flower Mound, TX and Caroline Thomas and Chase Beebe of Texarkana, TX; great grandchildren, Morgan Thomas and Kaylee and Jillian Chavez all of Colorado Springs, CO; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside service will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, August 30, 2021 at Memorial Gardens with Bro. Chris Hooten officiating. Burial is under the direction of East Funeral Home – Downtown.

Friends may stop by East Funeral Home-Downtown to view Lynn and sign the family register book from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday, August 29, 2021.

A special “thank you” to all the doctors, nurses, aides, therapist and staff at Arkansas Nursing and Rehab. We appreciate all your compassionate care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Alliance Tri-State Area, 100 Memory Lane, Texarkana, TX 75503 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Thomas family may be shared at www.eastfuneralhomes.com or www.facebook.com/eastfuneralhome.

Services

  • Come and Go Viewing

    Sunday, August 29, 2021

  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Monday, August 30, 2021

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Jennifer Chavez

August 30, 2021

Playing the game Beanboozled, where you try awful tasting jelly beans. I think he was eating a stinky socks flavored jelly bean. He was always a fun grandpa, even willing to eat a terrible piece is candy to give the great grand kids a good laugh.

Nick Chavez

August 30, 2021

I lost track. What I did not lose track of, though, is something Papa said to me during this watermelon marathon. As he handed me one of the hearts, he said, “Only the best for my family.” This man didn’t know me, but I was family. And though I don’t like watermelon, and it all may be the same to me, I am still getting the best part of it. Only the best for my family. These are words I will remember forever. And these are words I will strive to live. Thank you, Papa, for the lessons you taught me. Thank you for being my Grandpa.

Nick Chavez

August 30, 2021

My heart longs to be with you all right now. I am mourning with you in spirit. I did not have the opportunity to know Papa as long as, or as much as many, if not all of you. But, just like all of you, my life has been impacted by him. Both of my grandfathers passed away before I was born. I never had the opportunity to do grandson and grandpa things. That all changed in 2003. Papa took me in as his own when I married Jennifer. He didn’t have to. I live near a thousand miles away. But he did. Over the years as we would visit, we did grandson and grandpa things together. We fixed a tractor together. Worked on projects around the property. Went for drives into town to get things. Watched cattle auctions for hours. Fished alligator infested waters. But one thing that stands out most to me and that I share most often is watermelon. This was my first trip to visit with them shortly after Jen and I were married. We all discussed how I do not like watermelon. After a while, Papa wanted to take me out to an old friend’s property to show me around. We walked through this area while he reminisced with laughter and sadness. We then came upon a small watermelon patch. He asked, “Do you want some watermelon?” I replied, “No, thank you. I am not a fan of watermelon.” We proceeded to sit in the midst of these watermelons. Papa cut one off its vine. He cut it open and removed the heart from it. What did he do next? That’s right. He handed me the heart. I choked it down. He cut another one up and handed me the heart while talking to me about the heart being the sweetest, the juiciest, the best part of the watermelon. I ate it. There may have been a 3rd and/or 4th watermelon. I lost track. What I did not lose track of, though, is something Papa said to me during this watermelon marathon. As he handed me one of the hearts, he said, “Only the best for my family.” This man didn’t know me, but I was family. And though I don’t like watermelon, and it all may be the same to me, I am st

Amber Semore

August 30, 2021

I met Lynn while I was working at East. He was always such a great peson to be around. I loved talking to him and hearing his stories. My prayers are with the Thomas family.

Scott Loeffler

August 30, 2021

Brad, Crista, Kim and family,
My deepest condolences with many prayers for peace and comfort as you work thru this time. I know many great times were had with your father that will bring a smile to your face as you recall them.

God Bless,

Steve Little

August 30, 2021

Judy, so sorry to hear about Lynn. Not many remaining of the Little family descendants. I know he and my daddy were very close in his younger years. Sorry that we didn’t spend more time with on another.
You will be in our prayers.
Steve Little

Daphne Nottingham Davis

August 30, 2021

I'm sorry for your loss. May the Love of the Lord comfort you in your loss and fill you with Peace.

Renea McMillon

August 30, 2021

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Renea & Don McMillon

Tiffin & Vencene Reed

August 29, 2021

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your dad. May time and warm memories ease the pain of such a great loss.

Dale Morris

August 29, 2021

First met Lynn in 1968 on Saline Creek just outside Delight, AR. Made wonderful memories over the next 15 years. He was a big man with a great big generous heart. Always helpful regardless of how difficult or dirty the job, you could always count on Lynn's help. Great sense of humor and a wonderful, infectious laugh, and a great story teller.
He worked hard, treated people with kindness and courtesy. and built a wonderful reputation for just being a good, down to earth man you could count on.
Loved Judy and loved his kids and grandkids. The world needs more men like Lynn.

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