Lee Roy Thomas, 80, of Royse City, Texas, passed from this life to his eternal life on Monday, December
12, 2022. Born on July 18, 1942, in Jermyn, Texas to George and Johnnie Thomas, who preceded him in
He met his wife Pamilla Thomas on a blind date and married her on January 19, 1963. They spent a
beautiful 53 years together before her passing in 2016.
Also greeting him in Heaven are his siblings Leo Thomas, Don Thomas, and Faye Hatfield, and his son-in-
law Travis Waggoner.
Lee began working to support his family at a young age and continued to work hard his entire life,
specifically in the RV service industry. The majority of that time was spent as the Service Manager at
Holiday World of Dallas in Mesquite, Texas. While working at Holiday World, he impacted the lives of
many customers who became lifelong friends.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved to spend his days on the lake or in a deer blind. In fact,
for a number of years, he held the record at Pertis Creek State Park for the largest Bass at 13.5 pounds.
Recently, he has enjoyed traveling to many parts of the country with his companion Sharon Swafford,
including a cruise through Alaska and several fishing trips.
Family was extremely important to Lee, as he never missed a graduation, wedding, or significant
milestone. Fish fries and family vacations to Destin, Florida were moments that will always be cherished.
Second to his love of family, was his love of the Dallas Cowboys. There was never a game that wasn’t
watched, either in person or on the tv. While he may have had some words for them during a loss, he
never wavered with his support: a true fan.
He is survived by his sisters Suzie Sindu and Dalpha Hatfield of Irving, Texas, his sister-in-law Patsy
Thomas of Bolivar, Missouri, his son and daughter-in-law Bryan and Jackie Thomas of Royse City, Texas,
and his daughter Terri Waggoner of Forney, Texas. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Ryan
Mitchell, Tayler and Justin Poling, Josh and Carley Waggoner, Abby Thomas, and Sarah Waggoner, and
great-grandchildren Makayla, Ryan, Cheyenne, Jacob, Savannah, and Emery as well as many nieces and
Dad, or Poppy, as Lee’s family called him, was a compassionate, loving, kind-hearted man who never
met a stranger or made an enemy, unless you were not a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He was loved by
many and will be missed by all.