James David Thomas
From Preachers Of Today Vol. 4
University News Release On The Death Of J.D. Thomas
Thomas, former ACU Bible chair, dies in Abilene
Dr. James David Thomas of
Abilene, former chair of the Bible Department at Abilene Christian
University, died Feb. 16 in Abilene at the age of 93.
The funeral service is scheduled
for Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the University Church of Christ in Abilene.
Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park's "Garden of the Gospels."
Visitation will be at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Feb. 17 from 5-7 p.m.
A 1943 graduate of Abilene
Christian, Thomas also received a M.A. from Southern Methodist
University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Thomas served as
assistant city manager of Lubbock from 1939-42 and as a minister at the
Northwest Church of Christ in Chicago from 1945-49.
In 1949, Thomas began his 33-year
career in the ACU Bible Department. While at ACU, he directed the
annual Bible Lectureship for 18 years and coordinated the Elders
Workshop. In 1981, he originated the Christian Scholars Conference,
which was conducted at ACU until 1990. He was chair of the department
Thomas was a member of the
corporation board of Restoration Quarterly and was a staff writer
for 20th Century Christian. He was a prolific writer of books
and articles. He was listed in Outstanding Educators of America,
Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in Religion
and Who's Who in America. In 1989, the Kiwanis Club of Abilene
named Thomas “Kiwanian of the Year.”
Survivors include his children:
John Paul and Cindy Thomas, Hannah and Dwayne Kissick; his
grandchildren: Sammy Fish, Lucky and Tammy Fish, Christian and Edith
Kissick, Packy and Andrea Kissick, Lindsay and Kyle Watson, Scott and
Shawna Thomas, Todd Thomas, Shelley and Chris Chorn, Matt Connally, Mark
and Lindi Connally; his great-grandchildren: Jessica Nicholle and
Kirstie Dawn Fish, Lawrence Scott and Samantha Angel Fish, Riley Blake
Whisenhunt-Kissick and Colton Patrick Kissick, Hannah Ashlynn Norrell-Watson
and Jakeb Aaron Watson, Ryan Hunter and Tana Jo Thomas, Alyson Cherie
and Austin Paul Thomas, Courtney Paige and Luke Christopher Chorn,
Matthew Corbin and Abigail Brinley Connally. Also surviving are two
sisters-in-law, Grace Thomas and Lena Belle Thomas, and several nieces
New Release From Abilene Christian
Date February 16, 2004
Directions To The
Grave Of J.D. Thomas
J.D. Thomas is buried in Abilene, Texas in the Elmwood Memorial
Park. The cemetery lies on the southern outskirts of the city of
Abilene. From the west side of Abilene on I-20 take exit 283a and
head south on Hwy 83/277. Go about 7 miles south and exit off on Hwy
277 South. Travel a couple of miles on Hwy. 277. The address is 5750
U.S. Highway 277 S. Office Phone: 352-692-0655.
See Map Of
Cemetery Here. Also buried here are E.R.
Harper and Jimmie Mankin.
Acc. to 15ft.
N32° 24.900’ x WO99° 47.858’
Grave Faces West
Garden Of The Gospels Section B Plot 114