July 18, 1942 December 12, 2022
July 18, 1942 -- December 12, 2022

Lee Roy Thomas

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.