Byron H. Cooper

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Kristiana Joy Coignard

Mr. Willie L. Thomas




With Thanksgiving to God, we celebrate the gift of Willie Louis Thomas in our lives. Thomas, as he was affectionately called, departed his earthly home on January 19, 2015 and will now forever live in his Heavenly home with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thomas was born in Montgomery, Alabama March 16, 1936 to the union of Mr. Dock and Mrs. Martha Thomas.

Thomas attended Holy Family Catholic Church and graduated from Holy Family Catholic High School.  Being a product of the Catholic Church, he served as an Alter Server.  After graduating high school in 1954, he enlisted in the Air Force.  His first assignment was Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas.  It was there, in 1956, he met Evelyn Holmes whom he married after a two year courtship.

Thomas proudly served his country for 20 years, receiving a Bronze Star and retiring as an Air Force TSgt in San Antonio.  He then entered into the US Postal Service as a Supervisor and retired after 25 years of service.

Thomas was respected and adored by many who had the opportunity to meet him.  By knowing Thomas one understood patience, and had a chance to witness his kind and loving spirit. He loved the Church and was a member of MSGR. John J. Raleigh Council #142 Knights of Peter Claver in Montgomery, AL.  After moving to San Antonio, he joined the Holy Redeemer Knights of Peter Claver Council #15 and for a while attended meetings.

He loved to spend time with his family, go on fishing trips, watch pay per view professional boxing matches, work in the yard, revive his wife’s plants, spoil the family dog Toby, BBQ on weekends, and cook one of his southern dishes.  He was an extremely devoted grandfather, dad, and husband and supported his family 200%. You could always find him in deep thought on how to start or finish a home project.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; sisters Emma, Juanita, Bertha; brothers James, Nathaniel, John, and Melvin.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 56 years Evelyn Marie Holmes Thomas; son Dwayne Thomas; daughter Nichole Thomas; grandchildren Dwayne Thomas, Jr., Trinity Whitley; sister Mary Pryor; brothers Omar, Eugene, Cleveland; sister in laws Eddie Mae Thomas, Diane Graham (Larry), and Bonnie Holmes; brother in laws Freddie Strong, Donald Holmes, David Holmes (Eloise); two very special people Loretta Griffin, his spiritually adopted daughter, and Charles McKinney, Sr.;  and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, and friends.


The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the genuine and loving care provided by his medical team at Audie Murphy VA Hospital’s 4th and 5th floors; Dr. Tanjuatzo, Jackie, Elsa, Sandy, and Hope from VA Home Based Primary Team; Tori, Adrian, Letty, Carlos, and Rosie of AmeriCare Home Health; Rachel from Griswold Home Care; and Karen, Katherine, Laura, Alissa, and Chaplain Mario Rodriguez from Christus Santa Rosa Hospice. The family would also like to thank Rev. & Mrs. Steve Manning and friends of the family for their love, support, and prayers throughout his illness.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 4:00-9:00 PM with a Rosary at 6:00 PM at Castle Ridge Mortuary.  Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, February 2 at 11:30 AM at Divine Providence Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:45 PM.  Following the burial, a reception will be held at the Courtyard By Marriott SeaWorld Westover Hills on Hwy 151.


If so desired, the family requests donations to be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.