HAUGHTON – Funeral services for Gary Joe Thomas, 56, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Joshua Best officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah Cemetery in Bernice, LA. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home.
Gary was born to Billy Joe Thomas and Frances Louise Dyer Thomas in Gilmer, TX on December 13, 1956. He graduated from Bossier High School in 1974, then furthered his studies at Louisiana Tech University and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. Gary returned home where he was employed as an educator in Bossier Parish for 31 years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Elmer and Freda Dyer and Ben and Nancy Thomas. He is survived by his parents, his wife of 34 years Dottie Solesbee Thomas of Haughton, LA, son Captain Joe Kyle Thomas, USMC and wife Tarah of Albany, GA, sisters Marilyn Greenhouse and husband Jack of Germantown, MD, Sherri Pool and husband Mike of Benton, LA, Jean Thorne and husband Randy of Benton, LA, grandsons Braxton Riley Thomas and Channing Rhys Thomas, niece and nephew Lauren and Chase Fortner of Benton, LA, sister in law Connie Solesbee Smith and husband Paul of Terrell, TX, and brother in law Tim Solesbee and wife Terrie of Flower Mound, TX.
Pallbearers will be Chase Fortner, Garrett Smith, Ryan Solesbee, Jonathon Solesbee, Dusty Latham and Kevin Blades. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons Braxton Riley Thomas and Channing Rhys Thomas. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com