Billy R. "Bill" Thomas, 83, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Cassville Health Care and Rehabilitation.
He was born in Barry County on Sept. 21, 1929, the son of Clovis and Jessie (Henderson) Thomas. He was united in marriage to Mary Jewell Longshore, on April 5, 1956, in Neosho. She preceded him in death on April 5, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include: one son, Ray Thomas and his wife, Cindy, of Cassville; one daughter, Cristie Batsche and her husband, Tom, of Cassville; one brother, Wilbur Thomas and his wife, Betty, of Cassville; one sister, Jane Yarnall and her husband, Paul, of Cassville; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He received his education at Exeter, where he graduated. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a heavy equipment mechanic with the Local 12 in California, Oklahoma and in Missouri with the Local 16 on various job sites. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Butterfield.
Funeral services were held Monday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Bro. Bob Neeley and Rev. David Eaton conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.