Buddy was born August 28, 1950 in Sulphur Springs, the son of Enoth and Agnes Pauline Wilson Thomas.
He died Monday, August 4, 2014 at his residence.
Buddy had a passion for living life to the fullest and with honor. Highly energetic, he always had to accomplish something each day and no matter how simple or complex the task, he never compromised quality. A firm believer in the "American Dream", Buddy was self-employed the majority of his working life.
After graduating from Bethany College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Oklahoma in 1972, buddy worked as a dairy farmer with his dad while attending graduate school at East Texas State University - Commerce, traveled across the country with his brother-in-law, Dennis Sink buying and selling houseplants, contacted to build car washes across Texas, owned and operated the Avant dress shop in Dallas with his first wife, Donna, for many years as well as training and showing horses and their saluki breed of dogs.
Buddy obtained his auctioneer's license in 1993 and then contracted his services to established auction firms served as the 2006-2007 President of the Texas Auctioneers Association, and obtained certification as an appraiser.
Together with his wife, Maggie, he established and operated Thomas & Associates Auctioneers, LLC with will continue to operate going forward.
Buddy was a life-long farmer with a primary focus on animal husbandry and raising high quality beef cattle. He is referred to by his daughter Sarah, and her husband Andy, as "The Most Interesting Man in the World", due to all he accomplished in his life. However to his friends, family, farm neighbors, auction associates, auction customers and most especially his wife, Maggie, will remember Buddy as a kind, loving, generous, faithful and gentle man always willing to lend a hand to and mentor others...and always, always with that big, toothy smile and those sparkling blue eyes.
Buddy is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Dickey Thomas; sons Daniel Tussey and wife, Deborah, of Houston, and Erik Tussey of Dallas; daughter Sarah Tussey and husband, Andy McAdams of San Antonio; grandchildren Conner Crump, Jackson Crump and Chloe Tussey.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Myra Jean Thomas Sink.
Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Rev. Kenneth Hathaway & Rev Alvin Kadditz officiating.