Our beloved uncle, Charles Franklin Thomas, Jr., passed away on February 20, 2013, peacefully, in Fredericksburg, Texas, at the age of 91.
Uncle Charles was born on October 21, 1921, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles Franklin Thomas, Sr. and Georgia Tabitha (Chenault) Thomas. When Charles was a baby, the family, which included his older sister Etta Carol (Thomas) Reed, moved to Brownsville, Texas. Uncle Charles graduated from El Jardin High School as valedictorian of his class of 1938.
After graduation, Uncle Charles served his country in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, training as a weather observor. After being discharged, he went on to be a meterologist for the National Weather Service for 25-plus years.
He attended Whittman University in Indiana, earning a degree in music. He was an accomplished musician. One of Uncle Charles' many hobbies was woodworking, he built a harpsichord and also a clavichord, refinishing and rebuilding many other pieces.
Charles Thomas, Jr., is survived by his niece, George (Reed) Schmidt and her husband, Emmit Schmidt, of Mason, Texas. Great niece and nephew Deborah Schmidt Keiter and Emmitt Schmidt, Jr. Grand/great nieces and nephews are: Ray Lee Hutcheson and Korlie Keiter, Loren Reynolds and Sorrel Schmidt. Great great nieces and nephews Hayzee and Hank Hutcheson, Max and Vivian Reynolds, as well as several oher relatives and friends.
Uncle Charles was a patient, intelligent and wise man who enjoyed life's simple pleasures.
The family would like to thank Hill Country Memorial Hospital and Hospice, Windcrest Nursing & Rehabilitation, and Dr. Gildersleeve for their gracious care and support provided to both Uncle Charles and the family.