James (Jim) Dale Thomas passed from this life on June 23, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2012, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Jim McKee of Hillside Christian Church officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
He was born in Lockney, Texas, on February 12, 1948. Jim graduated from Lockney High School in 1966, and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord, Calif., from 1969 to 1971. Upon honorable discharge, he moved to Dallas, where he married Janie Munroe from Plainview, Texas, on August 7, 1971. Jim graduated from University of North Texas in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was licensed as a real estate broker in Texas and California, a certified property manager and insurance adjuster.
Jim’s professional career started at Henry S. Miller Companies in Dallas, and in 1985 he started his own real estate company, Multiplex Realty Resources. As much as he loved commercial real estate sales and management, his first love was golf. In 1991, the family moved to California, and Jim attended the Professional Golfer’s Career College in Murrieta. When Jim started looking for a course to manage, the one that made the most sense to him was Southwest Golf Center in Amarillo, which he leased and managed from 1994 to 1999. It wasn’t the most desirable course available, but it was close to home and he wanted his children to work with him. After the lease expired, he joined Prudential Ada Realtors as a broker associate. In 2007, he and Janie moved to California again, and he worked for Euclid Management Company as a Certified Property Manager. He and Janie returned to Amarillo in 2010.
His legacy extends far beyond his career. Jim was a family man and a loyal friend. He remained friends with someone everywhere he had lived, and his character and fun memories remain with them. His family knew his good heart, his optimistic attitude and can-do approach to everything he attempted.
He is predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Belle Rodgers Thomas, who died on June 24, 1992.
He is survived by his wife, Janie Munroe Thomas, son, Clinton James, and wife, Sarah Thomas, of Lewisville, daughter, Grayson René, and husband, Tyson Edds, of Temple, and two grandsons, Dawson Lane and Canyon Russell. He is also survived by his father, WL Thomas Jr., of Canyon, his brother, Billy Arnold, and wife, Barbara Thomas, of Pampa, his sister, Judith Ann, and husband, Dennis Nelson, of Spearman, his sister, Brenda Jo Thomas, of Canyon, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his maternal aunt, Mildred, and husband, Richard Adams, and Jim’s first babysitter, Betty Cargill Davis, of Amarillo. He was an important member of Betty’s family as an infant and toddler.
Jim and Janie are members of Hillside Christian Church in Amarillo.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or to a favorite charity.