James Bullock "J.B" Thomas

October 9, 1928December 30, 2012
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James Bullock (“J.B.”) Thomas was born on October 9, 1928 and passed away December 30, 2012. At sixteen he attended the University of Texas, where he achieved two baccalaureate degrees: (1), a bachelor in biology, before he served four years in the Air Force pursuant to the Korean War, and (2) in civil engineering, upon his return four years later in the military. J.B. joined NASA in 1963. He worked for them in various capacities until his retirement in 1980. During his four year service to his country, J.B. completed 100 combat missions and was the recipient of one Oak Leaf Cluster of the Distinguished Flying Cross and another Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal. His survivors include his sister, Nancy Brown and her husband Gaylon Brown of Austin and his children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Virginia Wood. Their children are, chronologically: (1) Janet Wilhelm and her children, Sara and her husband Randy Eubanks, Cody Thomas and Jenna Wilhelm (2) Joanne Thomas Duncan and her husband Richard Duncan and their children, Korri Duncan, Turner Duncan and Connor Duncan and (3) Mike and his wife Carol Thomas and their children, Angie and Warren Bujol and John Thomas. He had one stepdaughter, Carla Janousek. There are also two grandnieces and one grandnephew. J.B. is also survived by two maternal aunts, Helen Metro of Buckingham, VA and Norma Slaughter of Kearney, NE as well as several cousins.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 4, 2013

James Bullock "J.B" Thomas

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James Bullock

January 9, 2013

Although I have never met my Cousin James Bullock Thomas, I believe that he goes before us so as to ready a place for us at the family reunion in Heaven.

January 8, 2013

My husband, Ned Bullock thought the world of James B. I got to meet him once when we went to visit his Mother.
My prayers are with you all.
Betty Bullock (Mayfield, Ky)

Nancy Brown

January 7, 2013

My brother lived a long and valuable life, but we're never ready to "let go" of someone we love. My entire life I, along with all my family, have looked to him as an example of one who rose above adversity and hardship to succeed...

barbara tomlinson

January 3, 2013

dear nancy, what a nice obit. he looked like he did the last time i saw him..we are so very sorry and you all will be in our thoughts and prayers. love your cousin barb and mike.

Chari Brown Koester

January 3, 2013

I will always remember my Uncle James with fond memories. He was a kind and gentle man with little words but was always smiling. We had such fun times at all of Nana's birthday parties that simply would not have been the same without him, (she could not wait until James arrived!) I can't imagine how excited she must be right now to be reunited with him! I especially love the pictures that are included in this obituary. I wish all my cousins peace and love.