February 6, 1938 ~ May 14, 2006
Robert Lee Thomas was born February 6, 1929 in Plaucheville, LA. He was the second of five siblings born to the union of Moses Sr. and Lu Ethel Madria Thomas. The first born, Moses Jr., and both parents preceded Robert in death.
Robert and his family moved to Monroe, LA in 1949 where he and his siblings grew up. Robert graduated from Booker T. Washington Elementary School. As a teenager, Robert liked traveling. Every summer Robert would â€œrun offâ€ from home to Texas, Wisconsin and Florida. However, no matter how far he roamed, he knew that he had to be back in Monroe by September for the start of the school year. He knew his father did not play and would find him wherever he was and Robert did not want that. Robert graduated from Myles High School of Sterlington, LA in 1959, and moved to Los Angeles, CA that same year.
Robert was baptized in 1950 and became a member of Friendship Baptist church under the stewardship of the late C.J. Nash. Later Robert served under the stewardship of Reverend K. Long of Los Angeles.
Soon after relocating to Los Angeles, Robert met and fell in love with Anna Jean Knight. They were joined in Holy Matrimony in 1963. To this union was born two sons, Robert Jr. and Steven. Anna Jean also preceded Robert in death.
Robert furthered his education and received an Associate Degree in both math and business. He began to work at Bishopâ€™s Market in Beverly Hills, CA where he went from delivering groceries to Manager of the store. Robert then went on to obtain his Real Estate license and began to work for Century 21. Robert retired as an Aircraft Interior Installer for McDonnell-Douglas. He took great pride in whatever he did.
Robert was the consummate family man. He and his wife â€œJeanâ€, at one time or another, received all of Robertâ€™s sisters and brothers into their home when they began their transitions from Louisiana to California. He was good hearted and good natured. He may have been hard on himself but never on anyone else. Robert will certainly be missed by all who knew him. There are not enough words to give Robert his proper dues.
Robert leaves to cherish his precious memories two sons, Robert L. Thomas Jr. and Steven G. Thomas and one daughter Janice J. Thomas of Los Angeles, CA. One brother, William M. Thomas of Downey, CA, Two sisters, Cora Thomas of Hawthorne, CA and Katie Thomas of Los Angeles, CA. Two aunts, Cora Matthews and Vasthi Haynes of Cotton Port, LA. Eight grandchildren, Robert L. Thomas III, Joseph D. Thomas, Kieko Star Thomas, Tonay Queen, Christina L. Thomas, Luz L. Thomas, Stephanie M. Thomas and Catrina L. Thomas. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
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