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Gary Lee Thomas

Gary Lee Thomas, age 78, of Mena, died Saturday, March 14, 2020 at his home. He was born on Thursday, April 24, 1941 to Robert Lee and Ada Maxine Beck Thomas in New Market, Missouri.

Gary loved the Lord and attended the Salem Baptist Church in Mena. Throughout the years he was very involved in helping churches he attended with administrative duties and financial guidance. He graduated from Weston High School in 1959. For several years he was a part owner of the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas, after serving as a security officer at the Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary. From there, most of his career was spent working as a bank officer for many banks in the Missouri and Kansas area. Gary relocated to Mena in 2006 with his wife, Renita, and worked for Nidec as a security officer for six years. Gary loved life and was a dedicated husband as his wife meant the world to him. He enjoyed watching anything to do with cars, NASCAR, and was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. In his free time, he liked to listen to old country music, church hymns, classical music as well as read historical books. Gary was proud of his career and the time he spent as part owner of the Lakeside Speedway. He was passionate about any because that helped children and animals, and absolutely loved his two dogs, Dakota and Jake. Gary was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Renita Thomas of Mena; two daughters, Valerie Roys of Arkansas, and Wendy Andrews of Arkansas; three stepchildren, Bill Gittings of Florida, Trisha Jackson of Iowa, and A.J. Gittings of Illinois; one sister, Sue Hewitt of Weston, Missouri; many grandchildren; And a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, AR.

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