Dave R. Thomas
Dave R. Thomas
August 29, 1939 — December 22, 2013
Dave R. Thomas, 74, a lifelong resident of Berwick born Aug. 29, 1939, passed away with his family by his side on Dec. 22, 2013, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.
Dave was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country from 1957 to 1961. During his four-year enlistment, Dave was stationed in Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, and Charleston, S.C.
Dave was a member and past Master of Lafayette Lodge 87, Free & Accepted Masons, Patterson, and he was on the Board of Directors of the Citrus Land Company. Dave enjoyed wood working and fishing alligators, two of his favorite hobbies.
After being employed by various companies over the years, he retired from the Town of Berwick as the Town Clerk and Chief Administrative Officer in 2001. During this time with the town, he served on various boards which included the Berwick Development District, Wards 5 & 8 Regional Sewer, and the Berwick Housing Authority.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patricia Michel Thomas; his children, Ronald J. Thomas and wife, Sheila, of Chesapeake, Va., Frances Thomas of Punta Gorda, Fla., Robin Battle and husband, Rickey, of New Port News, Va., Mark Thomas of Hampton, Va., Kelly S. LeBlanc and husband, Jeff, of Prairieville, and Shannon Distefano and husband, Marc, of Morgan City; and two stepchildren, Marion Jett and husband, Jeff, of Lake Charles and Charlie Autrey and wife, Jacquline, of Bossier City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave Thomas Jr. and Elizabeth Moore Thomas; one wife, Linda Sue Autrey; and one stepchild, Angie Gonzales.
He has been blessed with 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A time of remembrance and reflection will be held at Hargrave Funeral Home Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Dave’s life will begin at 8 p.m. with services conducted by Monsignor Douglas Courville and reflection of a life well lived by close friends and relatives. A private family dismissal to follow.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Berwick High School Softball Team, 700 Pattie Drive, Berwick, LA 70342. All donations gratefully accepted and acknowledged.