Posted: May 6, 2008 12:21 pm
I just got a phone call from my dad in St. Louis. He and Thomas were good friends since high school. Only time I ever met Thomas was with my dad. I figured I'd find a thread here on Goner. I love Huey's, but I didn't really know Thomas besides meeting him that one time. I didn't know he was in ill health until today, but I learned that my dad has been following this for some time. Apparently Thomas was type O-. It's difficult to get type O- blood. They did a blood donor search that included Central High School alumni. A former classmate of his who now lives in Florida was providing him was blood. That's as much as I know.
I know he was very well thought of by everyone. I've never heard a bad thing about him. Everyone seemed to have only good things to say about the fellow, including my dad.
The Commercial Appeal did a nice piece on him:
I thought it was odd that they gave his role in the Memphis music scene such a small mention at the end of an otherwise very gracious obituary.
Condolences to his family.