Funeral services for Samuel Wayne Thomas, age 74, of Sulphur Springs, have been set for 4:00pm Friday, September 3, 2010 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allen McCool officiating. Interment will follow in Long Cemetery with Felton Eppars, Lyle Wright, Lee Randolph, Mike Miesse, Billy Frazier, and Johnny Gibson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include Kaden Hoelscher, Kaleb Hoelscher, Casen Howard, Hunter Hoelscher, Josh Key, and Matthew Howard.
Samuel Wayne Thomas was born February 24, 1936, in Fairlie, Texas, the son of William Bruce and Hattie Lee Hannah Thomas. He married Sylvia Hall in Paris, Texas on December 23, 1959. She survives. He was self employed in Premier termite pest control. He served his country in the United States Air Force in the 1950's and was a member of the Assembly of God. Mr. Thomas passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Survivors include daughter, Sheila Hoelscher, and husband, Greg, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Steven Hoelscher, and wife, Kimberly, Shawna Howard, and husband, Lewis, and Shayla Hoelscher, all of Sulphur Springs; great-grandchildren, Kaden Hoelscher, Kaleb Hoelscher, Casen Howard, Matthew Howard, and Hunter Hoelscher, all of Sulphur Springs; brother, Herbert Thomas, of Mesquite; sister, Mary Fraga, of Sulphur Springs. He was preceded in death by brothers, W.B. Thomas, Jr., Jessie Lee Thomas, Charlton E. Thomas, Jackson E. Thomas, Alvin Thomas; sisters, Emma L. Brown, Flossie M. Flannagan, Virginia Thomas, and Sondra Gail Thomas.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.