Weatherford Democrat

Obituaries

August 28, 2012

John “Tom” Thomas

—  

 

John Thomas, “Tom”, of Red ‘Arc Farm, Northwest Lamar County, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. He was 78 years of age. 

He was born in Marked Tree, Ark. but spent most of his life as a Texan. He was a graduate of Weatherford High school (1951), Texas Wesleyan College (1955), Perkins School of Theology at SMU (1958) and University of Edinburgh (1959). Tom received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Southwestern University in Georgetown in 1979. He was the father of Lauren Shaw of Plano and Mark Graves and daughter-in-law Michelle Graves of Plano.  

He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Preston, Collin and Melinda Shaw, of Plano; his brother-in-law, Dick Crawford and wife Eleanor, of Paris; his nieces, Julia Trigg Crawford and Allison Crawford of Direct, Texas; and a nephew, Paul Crawford, of Davis, Cali. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Linda Crawford Graves, and by his parents, Guy Crawson Graves and Louise Jester Graves. 

Tom served the North and Central Texas Conferences of the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years as an ordained elder. He pastored several congregations and also served as a district superintendent of the Sherman McKinney District. He served on the executive committee of the Board of the Texas Methodist Foundation and was chairman of the Grants Committee. In 2010, he was the recipient of the “Medallion of Merit,” Texas Methodist Foundation’s highest award. During the last 10 years, Tom wrote a series of books reflecting on his life experiences in ministry. 

A memorial celebration of his life will take place at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, located at 3521 W. Main Street in Frisco, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at 1 p.m. with Reverends Billy and Laura Echols-Richter officiating. Private interment will be in the family cemetery at Red ‘Arc Farm on Sept. 9, 2012. Arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Grace Avenue United Methodist Church Building Fund specified for Tom Graves Hall or to the Thanks Giving Fund with Texas Methodist Foundation in Austin.

Dannel Funeral Home

302 South Walnut Street  Sherman, TX 75090

(903) 893-1171

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Joyce Mae Brown

    Joyce Mae Brown, 82, died Friday, July 25, 2014.

    July 28, 2014

  • Deanna M. Baker

    GRANBURY — Deanna M. Baker, 39, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Granbury.

    July 28, 2014

  • W.L. (Bud) Barber W.L. (Bud) Barber

    Winburn Lee Barber, of the Greenwood community, passed from this life on Thursday, July 24, 2014. He was born and died in a Parker County farmhouse – 100 years, four months and 15 days apart.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tylea-Marisol Grace Moore Tylea-Marisol Grace Moore

    WEATHERFORD — Tylea-Marisol Grace Moore, one year old, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bernice Sipe Bernice Sipe

    WEATHERFORD — Bernice Sipe, 87, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grace E. Jones

    Grace E. Jones, 91, died Monday, July 21, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • Katherine Faye Daniel Brown

    BRECKENRIDGE — Katherine Faye Daniel Brown, 93, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in DeLeon. 

    July 22, 2014

  • Kelley Ann Aylesworth Queen

    Kelley Ann Aylesworth Queen, 54, died of natural causes on July 13, 2014.

    July 22, 2014

  • Maggie Curtis Maggie Curtis

    Maggie Curtis passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the age of 80. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charles M. Linehan Charles M. Linehan

    WEATHERFORD — Charles M. Linehan, 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue