James R. Thomas, 93, of Colfax, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. A funeral service was Saturday, July 22 at the Colfax United Methodist Church with burial at Colfax Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the James R.Thomas Memorial Fund and condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Arthur Garfield and Mary Jane (Pratt) Thomas, Jim was born April 12, 1924, in Colfax. He graduated from Colfax High School. Jim proudly served in the United States Navy. He was united in marriage to Helen L. Darr in1951. Jim worked at the Monroe Table Company for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Colfax United Methodist Church and the Masons. He was a skilled woodworker, enjoyed fishing and dogs, but his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his grandchildren at their activities.
Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Nancy Holdefer of Colfax; a son, Randy Thomas of Mt. Pleasant; and three grandchildren, Jeremy Holdefer, Jonathon “Bubba” Holdefer and Cole Thomas. Preceding Jim in death were his parents; wife, Helen; siblings, Arthur, Dave, Gomer, Phyllis, Gladys, Philip, Amelia, Dorothy and Bill; and a son-in-law, Ronald Holdefer.