Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


September 29, 2012

Bennie Thomas Jr.

Bennie Thomas Jr. was born Dec. 9, 1929 in Corsicana. He passed on Sept. 25, 2012. He was the fifth child of Bennie Thomas Sr. and Beatrice Thomas.

He graduated from G. W. Jackson High School in 1947. He served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge in October 1948. He completed his Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Science from Huston-Tillotson College in Austin in 1953. While a student at Hutson-Tillotson, he participated in various clubs and was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He received a Master’s in Education from Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1968. He taught in the Corsicana school system and was affectionately known as Mr. Bennie. He retired in 1994 after 31 years of service. He was also a professional barber for 50-plus years.

He married Peggy O’Neal Anderson on Dec. 24, 1957. Together, they had four sons and were married for 37 years. She preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 1994. His third son, Ronald Thomas, preceded him in death on July 16, 2005. Later, he was briefly married to Myra Winkley.

Survivors include his children: Linda Buffin (Eddie) of Rosharon, Texas; Bennie Harold Thomas (Regina-deceased) of Corsicana; Donald Thomas (Sandra) of Corsicana; Ramon Thomas of Corsicana; and James Waters (Foster Son) of Lancaster. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Shirley Ware of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Cora Lee Thomas of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Berline Thomas of Indio, Calif.; sister-in-law, Birdie Haggerty of Shreveport, La.; and brother-in-law, Donald Ware of Corsicana.

He had 21 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

Visitation will be noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in Corsicana. A Wake Service will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Alfred Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Text Only
  • Delene Heifner Delene Heifner

    Delene Heifner, resident of Corsicana, passed away at her home on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the age of 74.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mabel C. Carpenter Mabel C. Carpenter

    Mabel Charline Barber Carpenter, 85, met her Maker on Friday, April 18, 2014 in Denton.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary Sue Bailey Mary Sue Bailey

    Sue Bailey, 86, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Twilight Nursing Home surrounded by her family.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harold Richard 'Rich' Johnson

    Rich Johnson, 66, of Denver, Colo. passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

    April 22, 2014

  • Death Notices for 4-22-14

    Marjorie Nicewander Frazee, 81, of Hubbard passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 near Hubbard.

    April 21, 2014

  • Lynn D. Scruggs Lynn D. Scruggs

    Lynn D. Scruggs, 97, resident of Waco, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas Lee Harris Sr. Thomas Lee Harris Sr.

    Thomas "Tom" Lee Harris Sr., resident of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday morning, April 19, 2014 at his residence with his family at his side at the age of 65.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murray Lee Harris Murray Lee Harris

    Murray Lee Harris, 96, of Tyler, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Mother Francis Hospital after a short hospitalization for pneumonia.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Death Notices 4-20-14

    April 20, 2014

  • 4-19-14 obit-Seaton.jpg Glenda Fae Farmer Seaton

    Mrs. Glenda Fae Farmer Seaton, 78, of Barry, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Featured Ads
Twitter Updates