David attended public school in Carrollton and upon graduation he enlisted in the U. S. Navy serving on the battleship USS Iowa. David then went on to graduate from Arizona State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received his Juris Doctorate. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar Association in 1962 and began his law practice with his father. His career also included serving as Carrollton's city attorney and Carroll County's prosecuting attorney. In 1983 David was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge for Carroll and Ray counties and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of First Christian Church as well as an active member of Wakanda Masonic Lodge #52 AF & AM at Carrollton. He supported Boy Scouts and was an avid fan of Carrollton High School Sports. Many a player, parent and fan will remember him as the long time public address announcer of Trojan football games.
David was a man of many talents and passions. As a young man he was lifeguard at the Carrollton pool and played many sports. He was a standout high school basketball player and an accomplished golfer. He was a member and past club champion at the Carrollton Country Club. A sport he learned from his father and passed on to his son. During his life David loved to fly his Cessna 172, train his bird dogs, fish with his daughter, attend MU Tiger sporting events and take his family boating and camping.
David is survived by his wife, Ghee Thomas of Waverly, daughter, Julie Thomas Wolfe and her husband, Mark, of Marshall, son, Dudley David Thomas IV and his wife, Pam, of Shawnee, Kan., and son Steven Rea Thomas and his fiancÚ, Joyce, of Kansas City, step-daughter, Sara Ghee Mason of Owensborough, Ky. Grandchildren, include Laura Hains, Lisa Thomas Wolfe, David Thomas and step-grandchildren, Brittany Gonser, Shelby McCrorey and Chase Mason. David is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Martha and Don Squire of Phoenix, Ariz. and nephews, David Squire, Bruce Squire, Tom Squire and niece, Sara Stumbo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Masonic service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday prior to the visitation beginning at 6 p.m. at Gibson Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 26, 2011, at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carrollton.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Carrollton Public Library in memory of David. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton MO 64633.
Condolences may be sent to the family via Gibson Funeral Homes, Inc. website at www.gibsonfunerals.com and clicking on the obituaries link.
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