Francis Herron Thomas Jr, known to his loved ones as Frank, was a remarkable individual whose presence enriched the lives of those around him. Born on June 24th, 1961, in Memphis, Tennessee, Frank's journey through life was filled with diverse experiences and numerous accomplishments. On September 13th, 2023, he sadly passed away in Tomball, Texas, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished.
Throughout his career, Frank delved into various professions and excelled in each one with unwavering dedication and passion. He worked at Gainsville Airport fueling planes, where his love for aviation ignited. His vibrant personality and magnetic charm led him to become a DJ for KISS FM, where he touched the lives of countless listeners with his captivating voice. Frank also served as the Operations Manager at Office Depot and later became the Regional Manager for Radio Shack. Additionally, he drove 18-wheeler trucks for several companies—an experience that allowed him to embark on adventures across the open roads.
Frank's thirst for knowledge propelled him forward in pursuit of education. He completed his elementary and junior high schooling in Bartlett, Tennessee before attending Eastside High School in Gainsville, Florida. Inquisitive by nature, he continued his studies at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas. It was there that he earned recognition for his outstanding academic achievements by being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in 2010.
Beyond his professional endeavors and academic pursuits were Frank's treasured pastimes. He had an insatiable love for music and found solace in its melodies throughout his life. Collecting coins brought him joy and a sense of history—a tangible connection to times past. The green fields of golf courses beckoned to him as he delighted in leisurely games under the open sky. Football held a special place in Frank's heart; watching matches sparked excitement and camaraderie among friends and family.
Frank was a man larger than life, gifted with an uncanny ability to forge deep connections with people from all walks of life. His warm smile and infectious laughter made everyone feel welcomed in his presence. Frank's thirst for knowledge extended beyond books; he embraced the opportunity to learn and grow through interpersonal relationships. His capacity for friendship was limitless, and those fortunate enough to have been part of his inner circle knew that they had found a lifelong confidante.
Throughout his journey, Frank achieved numerous milestones that brought him immense pride. In 2007, he became a Mason—an affiliation that held deep meaning for him. Two years later, he reached the pinnacle of Freemasonry by attaining the rank of Master Mason. His commitment to personal growth led him to be awarded the esteemed title of 32nd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite. In 2010, Lone Star College recognized Frank's scholastic achievements by inducting him into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, solidifying his place among fellow exceptional scholars. Notably, Frank's talent on the football field earned him a valuable scholarship at the University of Florida—a moment that truly defined his passion for the sport.
Frank's enduring love was matched only by his beloved wife, Merrie Thomas, with whom he forged an unbreakable bond of love and companionship throughout their years together. He was also deeply cherished by his mother, Billie Jo Tucker (Owen), and his brother Martin Thomas and sister Catherine Work, step-brothers Joe Gurley and Jeff Gurley, and step-sister Teresa Tucker Poston.
He is survived by his loving children: Michael Thomas, Jesse Fox Jr, Josh Robertson, Benjamin Robertson, Meghan Young, and his grandchildren: Zoe Robertson, Avery Robertson, Molly Robertson, Ellie Robertson, Brandon Stokros, Mason Robertson, Ainsley Fox, Jesse Fox III, Everley Wilson. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews whose lives were enriched by his presence.
Frank was preceded in death by his father Frank H. Thomas Sr., step-mother Linda Kay Thomas, step-son John Paul Fox, and grandparents Jack Foster and Mary Foster; Edward Thomas and Jayne Thomas.
A memorial service to celebrate Frank's incredible life will be held on October 9th, 2023. The service will commence at 10:30 AM at the Tomball Masonic Lodge #1096 located at 600 Kane St., Tomball, TX 77375. Friends and family are invited to honor Frank's memory during this somber yet heartfelt gathering.
Frank Herron Thomas Jr was a man who embraced life with zeal and touched the hearts of everyone he encountered. His vibrant spirit, thirst for knowledge, and remarkable ability to connect with others will forever remain an inspiration to all whose lives he graced. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary individual, let us remember him for the laughter he brought into our lives and the immeasurable love that radiated from within him.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a charitable donation be made to https://mbi.ufl.edu/about/support-the-mbi/
Monday, October 9, 2023
10:30 - 11:30am (Central time)
Tomball Masonic Lodge #1096
Family and friends are invited to meet in the hall after the memorial service to share stories over light refreshments. You are more than welcome to honor Franks love for his beloved team, the Florida Gators, by wearing orange and blue attire.