Henry Thomas


MEXICO – Henry W. “Okie” Thomas, 83, died June 4, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was of Port Orange, Fla., and formerly of Middle Avenue, Mexico.

He was born in Colbert , Okla., Sept. 23, 1923, a son of Henry and Helen (Parkey) Thomas Sr., and had graduated from Colbert High School.

He worked in a factory in Bridgeport, Conn. during World War II, and later moved to Mexico, where he worked at Oxford Paper Company and Boise Cascade for 40 years. He served as a negotiator for the union and machine tender, before becoming a paper machine foreman. He retired as a foreman of 10, 11, and 12 paper machines.

He was a co-founder in the 1950s of the Mexico Little League.

He was married in Bridgeport, Conn., Sept. 30, 1944, to the former Theresa Brown, who died in Portland on Nov. 19, 2005.

Survivors include sons, Wesley W. Thomas and wife, Susan, of West Chester, Pa., Stanley B. Thomas of Redmond, Wash., and Michael H. Thomas and wife, Kathleen, of Twinsburg, Ohio; a daughter, Perrianne Thomas of Portland; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Benzilee Bush of Texas.