Funeral services for Charles W. “Chuck” Thomas, age 78, of Early will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Dodd officiating. Burial will follow in the Windham Cemetery at Byrds Store. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Mercer, Bobby Duvall, Les Rush, Valton Posey, Stan Pachall and Roy Parrick.

Mr. Thomas died at his home Saturday evening, June 27, 2009, following a sudden illness.

Mr. Thomas was born June 13, 1931, in Taylor County, the son of the late Willard A. and Louella Walters Thomas. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Brownwood.

He had served in law enforcement for more than 45 years, starting as a reserve officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department in 1953 and later serving as a patrol officer. He later served as a police sergeant with the Robstown Police Department. He served with the Coleman sheriff’s department, the Comanche sheriff’s department, Cross Plains police department, and the Rising Star police department. He served as police chief in Brady until 1978 when he moved to Brown County and became the police chief of Early. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1998. When he started at the Early Police Department, it was a one man department and he saw it grow to four full-time officers.

During his long career, he attended numerous schools and accumulated over 1500 hours of training on file with the Texas Law Enforcement Commission in Austin. He also studied Criminal Justice at Cisco Junior College and held advanced certification and also was certified as a licensed police instructor.

He is survived by his step-mother, Sarah Thomas of Weatherford; two half-brothers, Duane Thomas of Weatherford and Ricky Thomas of Cross Plains; two step-sons, John Eppard of Cross Plains and Larry Eppard of Salt Lake City, Utah; a step-daughter, Linda Hoover of Abilene; two step-brothers, Joe Rachal of Fredricksburg, and Luke Rachal and wife Virginia of Grand Prairie; and a step-sister, Janie Johnson of Melbourn, Fla.

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