A funeral service celebrating the life of Zelby “Buddy” Thomas, 78, will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, November 6, 2023, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Coushatta with Bro. James Nailes, pastor of the First Assembly of God in Coushatta, officiating. Interment will follow in Thomas Wren Cemetery in the Martin community. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until service time.
Buddy was born on January 13, 1945, in Shreveport, LA, to Zelby Ogden and Annie Mae Giddings Thomas and passed away on October 31, 2023, in Shreveport, LA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved Mexican food and fried chicken. He enjoyed spending time with his family and will be greatly missed. The fight with dementia is finally over.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Billy Ray Thomas; brothers, Marvin Thomas, Lawrence Wayne Thomas and Billy Joe Thomas; sisters, Vertis Weems, Joyce Valley, Jeanette Melton, and Frances Barbo. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda C. Parker; son, William F. “Bubba” Thomas; stepdaughter, Christan Parker; brother, Roger Thomas and wife, DeeDee; special nephew, Randall Weems and wife, Meg; eleven grandchildren; and numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Honoring Buddy as pallbearers will be Nate Gaddis, Tyler Ritchie, Brandon Burcham, Wesley Cormier, Dion Thomas and Larry Thomas. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Randall Weems and Roger Thomas.