Joseph Thomas


Joseph Thomas



Thomas, JosephPastor Joe Thomas received his promotion to heaven on April 9, 2014. Joseph Lafayette Thomas, Jr. was born in Bartlett, Texas on April 26, 1923 to Joseph Lafayette Thomas, Sr. and Eula Mae Pairett Thomas. After graduating valedictorian from Bartlett High School in 1941, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and then entered the University of Texas. He transferred to Mercer University and graduated in 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Joe served honorably in the United States Navy in Princeton, New Jersey, attending Seminary at Princeton University as part of his Naval service. Later, Pastor Joe earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Joe married Margaret Hallie Brooks in Kannapolis, North Carolina on July 1, 1949 and they were happily married for fifty-eight years until Margaret’s death in July, 2007. Joe was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, sons David and Paul, brothers Elbert and Raymond, and sister Nell. He is survived by his daughters Mary Gepfert and Rebekah Thomas, Daughter-in-law Pamella Thomas, grand children Micah, Stephanie and Chelsea Thomas, Cameron and Michaela Salyer, and Mary Margaret, Joseph and Abigail Young. He also has nine great-grandchildren, Brianna, Shamariyah, Carlos, Wesley, Serayah, Dalila, Brooklyne, Noah, and Riordan.

Joe was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in Austin, Texas in 1946. He faithfully served the Lord for sixty-eight years as a pastor, teacher, counselor and mentor. The primary focus of his life was teaching the Word of God and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone he encountered.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, April 15th at 3:00 pm at Calvary Temple Church in Edmond. In lieu of flowers his family respectfully requests memorials be made to S.T.E.P.S., 3126 S. Blvd. #319, Edmond, OK 73013, or Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368.

7 thoughts on “Joseph Thomas”

  1. Lana Rhodes

    Mary, I loved your daddy. He was the kindest man I had ever met. Thoughts and many prayers to you and your family..

  2. Maryann Manning

    Family of Pastor Joe,
    There simply are no words to adequately describe this mighty man of God and all that he meant to so many. What an influence he was! He was one of the few that made it ‘all about Jesus’. He simply had no ego. The last time I saw Pastor Joe, I went to his apartment knowing he hadn’t been feeling well, thought I would comfort him, well! By the time I left I was having a hallelujah praise party just spending a little time with him! Thank you, Pastor Joe, for showing us what it means to walk like Jesus on this earth…

  3. Wade Inman

    David gave pre-marital counseling & officiated my wife and I’s wedding more than 28 years ago and we are still happily married today. I met Mr. Thomas through David and all I can ever remember was his kind smile and gentle demeanor. Like my Father he seemed never to be in anyone’s way but always ready to serve. I’m sorry for your loss but my own mother is 92, in rough shape and more than ready for a promotion herself. So in that regard I’m smiling for mister Thomas.

  4. Beki, Mary & Tom- I have such fond memories of your parents and David. I can remember when Dad told he was saved by Pastor Joe and we attended Buena Vista Baptist Church. The potluck dinners we had and your mom would make recipes that I used like her potatoes. I can hear him now praising Jesus with your Mom and my parents. Such good times and fond memories I will miss them both, but I know that will weep us for more because we have to stay here on earth. Love you all Donna

  5. Mary, Beki, Pam, Tom, etal,

    I certainly haven’t known your father as long as most that will be celebrating his life with us tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean I lived him less. We packed a lot of adventure and love in the 6+ years we hang together! He was my spiritual daddy. We got crossways with each other a few times but had a strong and God ordained relationship. Your dad was very special to me. I mourn, as you all do, his passing. But he is dancing with angels! Praise God!

  6. John MKHIZE

    [Fare Thee Well, *Beautiful Feet!]

    Alas, it is with great sadness and much grief that Jackie and I and our family here in Edmond, OK and members of our extended family in South Africa, received the news of the repose in the Lord of Pastor Joseph Lafayette Thomas, Jr.

    We give thanks to Almighty God for the life of Pastor Joe.

    With the example of his noble way of life, we glorify our Blessed Lord!

    In essence, the very characteristic of Pastor Joe was his identity as a husband, a father, a friend and, most importantly, a Shepherd who cared for and labored diligently for all the souls the Lord entrusted into his care.

    Each of us has felt his paternal love in a most personal manner as Pastor Joe celebrated joyous moments with our families. With the passing of our loved ones, Pastor Joe and Marge plus their family, did not only mourn with us, they prayed with and, for us and extended a helping hand to all in need.

    John, Jackie Mkhize and Family.

    PS: *Nyawonhle: A name by which priests, pastors, preachers are called in the Xhosa language.
    Xhosa is President Nelson Mandela’s language.

    Literally, *Nyawonhle means, “Beautiful Feet” It is derived from Romans 10:15, “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel
    of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

    1. John and Jackie, my parents loved you and your family so much, your love for them was so very much appreciated. By extension, David, Mary, Pam and I have loved and respected you for all the years we have known you. What a beautiful tribute to our father and what a wonderful example of Christianity you are and have been to me personally. We love you and pray continued blessings on all of the Mkhize clan, here and in South Africa.

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