Freddie Thomas

1940 - 2021

Merkel, Texas


Freddie Ray Thomas, 80, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Abilene, Texas. He was born September 30, 1940, and grew up in New Mexico. He would tell stories of living on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation and later on his Uncle Pug’s cotton farm. Freddie joined the U.S. Navy in the late 1950’s and served in Beeville, Texas where he met his wife, Glenda Marie Lee. After the Navy, he worked in outdoor advertising as a sign painter until his retirement. Freddie was a modern-day renaissance man. He enjoyed building on and remodeling his home in Merkel, Texas. He was skilled in many crafts including woodworking, welding, machinery, and farming. However, Freddie was best known for his sketching and oil painting as he was a true artist. He enjoyed so many things in life including guitar playing, fishing, hunting, and traveling with his family. One of his favorite trips was touring Italy to see all the old masters art, especially his favorite, Michelango’s Pieta in Vatican City. Freddie was also an avid reader, country music fan and movie enthusiast. He was a terrific story teller with a great sense of humor and wonderful laugh. Freddie was often described by others as sweet and kind-hearted. Freddie was preceded in death by his; mother Mary; siblings Bertha and Eddie; his wife Glenda; and children James Ray Thomas and Patricia Ann Thomas. Freddie is survived by his daughter Diane Thomas Salvador and her husband Joe; daughter-in-law Cathey Thomas and her husband Henry. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 28, 2021.

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March 28, 2021 7:58 AM

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March 20, 2021 3:46 PM

We feel very blessed that we got to know Freddy over the years. What an incredibly interesting man!
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March 18, 2021 11:52 AM

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