Confirmed:George Thomas, Veteran US Army, WWII (211-19) 9 NOV 19

November 9, 2019 @ 1:37 am – 2:37 am
Mission Park Funeral Chapels South
1700 SE Military Dr
San Antonio, TX 78214

The family of Mr. George W Thomas, a US Army Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services, procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

George W. Thomas, 98, aka Grandpa Texas and Uncle George, passed away on October 18, 2019, after suffering a fall which lead to surgery and hospitalization. George was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on October 12, 1921, to Jessie Mae Dunman and George W. Thomas, Sr. He was the oldest of 7 siblings and left his home to live on his own in Tulsa, Oklahoma at age 13. There he lived in a tear drop trailer worked at Western Union, threw papers, attended high school and worked at Lawson Hardware. He enlisted in the army in 1940.
George was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas where he served until 1941. He was shipped to Australia and drove car for the Inspector General. When WWII started, he served in the South Pacific, East Indies, Papuan, and New Guinea where he experienced actual combat. He received an honorable discharge on June 9, 1945, receiving the Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct and American Defense Medals along with a Distinguished Unit Badge.
While at Fort Sam Houston, prior to the war, he met the love of his life, Elisabeth Baylor. When he went to war, Elisabeth left to attend Baylor University. Upon his return to San Antonio in 1945, he proposed and married Elisabeth. They had one daughter, Diana, in 1946. George went to work for the San Antonio Transit System in 1945 and left there in 1946 for a job with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He spent 36 years with the Telephone Company as an installer and business rep until his retirement in 1982.
George loved visiting with people, his affiliation with the WWII Veterans Red Shirts who had monthly breakfasts, looking at new cars, drinking coffee, joy riding and traveling. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the VFW, and the American Legion. He was a pet lover feeding a colony of cats, had a small bird “Baby” that he nursed to health after it fell from the nest, and loved his dog Sweetie.
George was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elisabeth Baylor Thomas, and six siblings of which he was the oldest: Brothers – Cleo, Gerald, Ernest, Francis and Albert Thomas. Sister-Zula Mae Gill. He is survived by his Daughter: Diana Thomas Rooney (Fred), Grandchildren: Randall Smith, Shannon Twining (Mike), Great Grandchildren: Kaitlyn Smith, Thomas Twining, and Cameron Elisabeth Twining of California. Numerous Nieces and Nephews and Sister in Law, Betty Gotthardt.

WEATHER: Hi 73 / Lo 54, 10% Chance of Rain, 67% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Diana Rooney, Daughter

STAGING:  10:00 am, Saturday, November 9, 2019
Mission Park Funeral Chapels South
1700 Military Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78214

BRIEFING:  10:15 am

SERVICE:  11:00 am
Mission Park Funeral Chapels South
1700 Military Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78214

KSU:  To Follow the Service (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   To Follow the Service
Mission Park Funeral Chapels South
1700 Military Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78214

RC:   Michael “Twin Tower” Roberts

FC:   Dalton “Cowboy” Watson (Timothy)


1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.

5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223