Larry Randall Thomas
Larry passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. at Sage Rehabilitation Hospital in Baton Rouge at the age of 79. Larry was from Waynesboro, MS living in Baker, LA for the past 51 years. He graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1957 and attended Jones Jr. College where he played football and was selected as Jr. College All-American. He continued his football career at McNeese State graduating in 1959 with a BS degree. Larry attended Mississippi State receiving a Masters Degree in Biology. After coaching in Kosciusko, MS for 6 years he moved to Baker where he taught and coached for 33 years and retired in 1999. He loved Baker High and all he coached over the years.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Berdell Thomas and Byrdie Thomas.
Larry is survived by his wife, Katherine Annette Thomas; 3 sons, Jay Thomas and wife, Jan of Natchitoches, LA, Chris Thomas, of Aberdeen, MS, and Ty Thomas and wife, Karen of Central, LA; 4 grandchildren, Canaan Thomas, Seth Thomas, Hannah Thomas and Haley Thomas; brother, Baron Thomas and wife, Beverly of Kinder, LA; 3 sisters, Judy Graham and husband, Charles of Clinton, MS, Deb Fields and husband, Vaughan of Laurel, MS, and Terry Thomas of Hattiesburg, MS; sister-in-law, Virginia Palmer and husband, Tom or Waynesboro, MS; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gardner, Jackie Mullens, Greg Carroll, Alan Walls, Scott Dietrich and Kerry Kowen. Honorary pallbearers will be Baker Boyd, Albert Dake, Bo Farris, Richie Bullock, Goose Carroll, Jerry Epperson, Ronnie Stevens, Fletcher Garig, Sonny Miller, Jimmy Langlois, Mike Shields, Tim Matt, Lloyd May, Warren Pratt, Buddy Bowman, Richie Ory, and Ruben Walker.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation at First Baptist Church of Baker, 3213 Groom Road, Baker, LA, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday, August, 16, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until the religious service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Reverend Christopher Thomas and Reverend Jay Avance. The graveside service and burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker.
Larry loved First Baptist Church in Baker where he taught Sunday School and was a Deacon for many years.
The family wishes to thank all of the employees and Doctors that took great care of him while he was a patient at Sage Rehabilitation Hospital.
Family and friends may sign our online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.bakerfuneralhomeonline.com
My hart is heavy to here of the loss of a great leader and caring person that coach Thomas was.
What a great teacher of youth he was and the fun we had on the football field as well as First Baptist Church Sunday school class. It is my honor to have been able to be around him and be friend, coach and leader in my times at Baker.
Myself and family are praying for you at this time of need.
John Brown " The Rodeo Clown"
John BrownFranklinton La., LA
Grew up in same neighborhood with Larry. Loved him and all of his family. Rode to school in that old car with them. Wonderful family. I'm sure he's in heaven.Rest in peace old friend. Love,Sherry
Sherry Cravey ImpelloPensacola, FL
I am thinking of all of you in the Thomas family. Larry was always a wonderful person that I greatly admired and thought the world of in all the early years we spent growing up in Waynesboro. We were all so connected from "the project" through high school days.Love Barbara Dix McWhorter
Barbara Dix McWhorterWinston-Salem, NC
This godly man will be missed. I pray for peace for the family and friends.
Monica DieterichZachary, LA
Annette & Jay (entire family) We were so sorry to hear of Larry's passing . Larry was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and lastely Coach. We know he will be deeply missed by your family. We pray u find peace and a lifelong filled with memories which will live on. Blessings to you family 🙏
Sam & Janice WeemsBaton Rouge, LA
Chris (and family), I'm so sorry for your loss. I think I only met Coach once or twice but I've heard you talk about him all the years I've known you. Your love and admiration for him has always been evident and that is a testimony to his character as well as yours.
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I thought a lot of Larry, although I never saw him much after we were grown.. I have many memories of him and his siblings when we all gathered at our grandparents home.. One thing that really made me appreciate him, long after his parents had passed away, he would visit my Dad (Uncle Currie) whenever he was in the area.. That meant a lot to my Dad for Larry to come by and just talk with him a bit..I think he was a fine well respected man ..God Bless his wife, children, siblings and all family and friends.. First Cousin, Lynne Thomas Hinton
Lynne Thomas HintonLaurel, MS
I am so sorry for your loss. Coach Thomas was a wonderful person who set excellent examples for the students he taught and coached. He was a very caring person. He will be missed. My prayers are for comfort and peace for the family during this sad time.
Brenda Stiles MedlinCape Girardeau, MO
A true southern gentleman. Loved by all and will be missed by all. Rest in Peace Coach. Love Erin Sullivan Doiron
Erin Sullivan DoironZachary, LA
This perfect gentleman was an inspiration to all that crossed his path. You could ask him for help with anything, it did not have to be sports. Encouraging, empathic human being, a rare find today in school systems today.
Christine ColemanBaker, LA