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H.L. “Red” Thomas

Sunday, September 6, 2020
H.L. “Red” Thomas

ELECTRA -- H.L. “Red” Thomas, age 85, lifelong resident of Electra, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020, in the Electra Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 3, 2020, in the Electra Memorial Park with Rev. Bob Lee officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home of Electra.

Viewing took place from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Aulds Funeral Home of Electra.

Red was born June 25, 1935 in Electra to James Ruben Thomas and Gladys Bell Thomas.

In 1953, he graduated from Electra High School and then attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls.

He married the love of his life, Glenda Rains, on August 10, 1956 in Wichita Falls, and they recently celebrated their sixty-fourth anniversary.

In 1959, Red started Thomas Well Service, a three-generation business, Thomas Pump and Equipment, LLC in Electra and was an independent oil operator.

Red’s main joys were his children and grandchildren. He was an umpire and coach for Little League Baseball, President of the Electra Band Parents, and involved with the Cub Scouts. His hobbies were fishing, golfing, collecting vintage golf clubs & antique cars, and playing dominoes with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda of Electra; daughter, Karen Whitfield and husband, Darrell of Seminole; son, Jim Thomas and wife, Sandy of Electra; sister, Betty Swanson of Wichita Falls; four granddaughters, Kayla Minchew and husband, Ryan of Midland, Lacey Murg and husband, Oscar of Lubbock, and Kelsey Thomas and Lauren Thomas, both of Electra; and three great-grandchildren, Colton Minchew, Abel Murga and Briley Minchew.

Red was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donald Thomas.

The family suggests memorials to the Electra Senior Citizens Center, 503 West Michigan, Electra, Texas 76360 or the Electra Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1112, Electra, Texas 76360.