Billy Thomas

February 7, 2014 

Billy K. Thomas

Sept. 27, 1935 - Feb. 2, 2014

Billy K. Thomas, 78, of Harrisonville, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at his home. Funeral services were Feb. 6 at United Methodist Church in Harrisonville with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Masonic services were Feb. 5 at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Cass Masonic Lodge No. 147, Harrisonville, or to Harrisonville United Methodist Church.

Billy was born Sept. 27, 1935, in West Line, the son of Robert Woodrow and Lillie Mae (Weber) Thomas. He was a 1953 graduate of Freeman High School, where he played basketball and softball. Billy married Virginia Lee Hammonds on June 18, 1955, at the home of Rev. Joe Brewster in Harrisonville. He was a lifelong resident of Cass County. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 41 for 38 years, retiring from Yellow Freight in 1994. Billy was a member of United Methodist Church in Harrisonville, the Snell Gun Club, member and Past Master, in 1970, of Cass Masonic Lodge No. 147, Harrisonville and the York Rite Bodies. He was the District Deputy Grand Lecturer for the 34th Masonic District from 1979-1984.

Billy loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending many days at Truman Lake. His sons were definitely all for the hunting and fishing and Billy remarked many times how fortunate he was for such great boys.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of the home; two sons, Keith (Teresa) Thomas, Creighton, and Kevin (Jennifer) Thomas, Harrisonville; one brother, Ted Thomas, Freeman; five grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie) Thomas, Justin (Abbey) Thomas, Jeremy (Amber) Thomas, Sarah Thomas and Julia Thomas; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Evan, Jagger, Gavin and Gunner; two step-great-grandchildren, Jayden and Jet; nieces and nephews. Grandsons and granddaughters were the sunshine in his life and brought many smiles to him after retirement.

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Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

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