ALAN STUART THOMAS - the world lost a tough, smart,
funny man on May 25, 2019 when Alan Stuart Thomas,
of Clyde, TX, passed away in Abilene, TX. A memorial
service will be held at 10 am, Friday, May 31, 2019
at Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd,
Alan was born in Crane, TX to William Lee & Odalee
Shugart on Feb. 4, 1952. He graduated from Ranger
High School in the Class of 1970 at Ranger, TX. He
married the love of his life, Marilyn Thomas, in
Oct. of 1971 in Hill City, TX. They enjoyed 42
years of marriage before Marilyn's passing in 2014.
Alan was a hard-working man who had many jobs over
the years such as owning a propane company, roofing
and carpentry, and he was a loyal employee of the
Texas Department of Transportation for the last 26
Alan loved John Wayne movies, motorcycles, & telling
corny jokes. He was an avid reader, a self-educated
man who devoured books of all kinds; he particularly
loved learning about history. Most important to him
of all was his family and his faith, the foundations
upon which he built all aspects of his life. He spent
much of his time studying the Bible and sharing God's
word with others; he was an active member in many
churches over the years in Breckenridge, Ranger, Baird,
and was most recently a member of Wylie church of
Christ in Abilene. In addition to teaching his family
and others about God, he was an amazing example of
commitment, strength, and dependability; he was always
there when a word of advice was needed (or even when
"It ain't dyin' I'm talking about, it's livin'."?,
Captain Augustus McCrae, Lonesome Dove.
Alan is preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Thomas,
his father William Thomas (RHS-1943), and his brother
Stephen Thomas (RHS-1968).
He is survived by his daughter Sheri Thomas Hemby (RHS-
1991) and son-in-law Chris, his son Darby Thomas (RHS-
1994) and daughter-in-law Stephanie, and his daughter
Jodi Thomas. He is also survived by four grandchildren
whom he loved fiercely, Anniston, Stephen, Amanda, and
Dawnn. Additionally, he is survived by his mother,
Odalee Shugart, and several cousins.
Honorary pallbearers will be Erick Gutschke, Tim Channell,
Chris Hemby, Darby Thomas, and Stephen Thomas.
Donations may be given in his memory to West Texas Rehab
Center in Abilene, Texas.