Harold Wayne Thomas, 87, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in Big Spring, Texas. He was born on February 15, 1933 to Toliver Benjamin Thomas and Innis Bail Thomas in Post, Texas. He was the youngest of six children.
Wayne, also known as Pappy to many, was a lifelong resident of Post and a lifetime member of The First United Methodist Church of Post.
Being raised during the depression, Wayne exuded a work ethic that was unmatched. He worked 62 years for The United States Postal Service, but that was never his only job. He always had at least two jobs and still had time to serve the community.
Many will remember him at the Snak Shak, singing while cooking hamburgers. He also worked at the Cotton Mill as a roughneck, PDQ and Conoco. His continual desire to learn and serve his community led him to become a paramedic in his 50s when most would be looking toward retirement. He worked hard and made the highest score ever on the state exam. He served many years with Post EMS.
Despite his many jobs, he always had time for the kids in the community. He and Jo sponsored many dances at Teen Town and always welcomed all to their home to eat, stay the night or play basketball. He officiated many football, basketball and baseball games. He loved arguing with Jim Bird over the rules.
Wayne also enjoyed fishing with Bud David, Billy Hahn and Chili Black, riding bicycles and attending football games with Preston Poole.
Pappy was known for his extreme competitive spirit. He always found a way to win while playing dominos or throwing darts with his family. If by chance he didn’t win, he would demand a rematch.
Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Toliver B Thomas; mother, Innis Bail Thomas Thuett; daughter, Syan Thomas; brothers, Jimmy, Ben L. and AC Thomas; and sisters, Lois Benton and Katherine Johnson.
Wayne leaves behind quite a legacy. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen Jo Thomas; children, Tol Thomas (Angie), of Andrews, Texas, Tammye Griffin of Bruceville/Eddym Texas, Jendy Thomas of Big Spring, Texas; grandchildren, Dr. Radley Nichols (Crystal) of San Angelo, Texas, TJ Thomas (Jennifer) of Tahoka, Texas, Riley Holly of Pie Town, N.M., Amanda Hair (Johnny) of Post, Texas, Ryan Holly (Sunnie) of Andrews, Texas, Paul B Hayes, IV (Lea Ann) of Granbury, Texas, Byron Hayes (Samantha) of Stanton, Texas, Rachael Grantham (Blake) of Big Spring, Texas, Cortni Martin (Derek) of Andrews, Texas, Brittni Phelps (Nathan) of Andrews, Texas; 34 greatgrandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial service celebrating the life of Wayne “Pappy” Thomas will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2021 at First United Methodist Church of Post, Texas.
Family will be receiving friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the memorial service.