Robert B. Thomas

March 5, 2013 • Obituaries


ARTESIA — Memorial services are scheduled at 10 a.m., Saturday, [auth] March 9, 2013, at First Christian Church, for Robert B. Thomas, 65, of Artesia, who died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at his home.

No visitation is planned. Cremation is under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Honorary pallbearers will be all friends, co-workers at Brewer Oil Co. and all former and current military personnel. The family will receive friends beginning at noon Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the home of James and Janice Thomas, R589 N. 26th St.

Robert was born May 5, 1947, in Artesia, the son of Gray Thomas and Pat (White) Thomas. He was a 1965 graduate of Artesia High School and honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He worked for Brewer Oil Co. for 20-plus years in construction and as an equipment operator.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Gerry and Peggy Thomas, and by former wife Linda Ruth Thomas.

Survivors include sons, Steven Thomas and wife Jinny, of Roswell, and Joe Bret Cain and wife Eva, of Fort Campbell, Ky.; daughters, Stacie Turpen and husband Jeff, of Hagerman, and Kyra McClaughlin and husband Jason, of Artesia; a brother James Thomas and wife Janice, of Artesia; an aunt Martha Ashabraner and husband Brent, of West Virginia; nieces, Jennifer Thomas, of Roswell, Debbie Evans and husband James, and Amber Wells and husband Greg, all of Houston; a nephew Mike Thomas and wife Cristen, of Amarillo, Texas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express condolences at

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