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Emmett Louie Thomas Sr.
May 1, 1930 - December 12, 2018

Emmett Louie Thomas Sr. was born on May 1, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Jack Thomas and Alberta Ross. When he was 10, his family migrated to Pixley, CA. However, Oregon was his internal compass and is where he resided for the majority of his adult life.

At the age of twenty, on June 6th, 1950, Emmett proudly joined the United States Air Force. During the Korean war, he was part of the U.S. bomber force as a gunner, until it was discovered that he was proficient in languages. Then his primary job was as a translator. He was Honorably Discharged in 1960.

Emmett valued education and loved learning. He earned a bachelorís degree and was proficient in several languages. Any test that was given to him, he would score exceptionally well--most of the time in the top one percent. He was a very hard worker and worked for many different companies He was a meticulous painter and sandblaster for FMC Shipyard and a union member of Local 10. His hard work allowed him to raise a big family with his wife (of 16 years) Magdalena Duran. Later, he married Sherrie Howard who preceded him in death. Another accomplishment was that he was blessed not only to purchase land for his mom, but was also a home owner at a time when very few African Americans were given the opportunity to purchase homes.

Emmett loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had many hobbies and interests. He liked to fish. Enjoyed listening to country, jazz, and Christian music and loved to watch western movies. Cooking was another passion of his. At one point he wanted to become a chef and open his own restaurant.

On December 12, 2018 Emmett Thomas Sr., at the age of 88 was called home by his heavenly father. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Thomas and Alberta Wilson; sister, Polly Brazzel; brothers, Richard H. Washington and McKinnely Washington; wife, Sherrie Howard, and by his son Manuel Kim Thomas.

He is survived by: Children: Rachael Anita, Linda, Emmett Louie Jr., Daniel (Florence), Michael (Gemma), David, Debra(Charles), Lydia (Frank), and Yvonne. Siblings : Lydia Beatrice White, Robert William, Moses (Angela) King and Elijah (Alice) King and host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.  Service is December 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Victory Outreach Church, 16022 SE Stark St, Portland, Oregon 97233; 2:00 PM Graveside service at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon and Back to Victory Outreach Church for Repass a 3:00 PM.


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