Thomas was born on October 3, 1951 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the sixth
child born to Isaac Thomas Senior and Antee Clark Thomas. Of five boys
and five girls, he was the baby boy
and given the nickname "Danny Morris Murphy Tippy Lightening Strucking
Thomas." With such a unique family given name he was bound to be an
honorable husband, loving father, true brother, successful athlete and
businessman, entertaining and funny uncle.
one of ten children, Danny had an innate desire to stand out. That he
did, following in the footsteps of his older brothers excelling in
sports. He was a star athlete who earned
a scholarship to play basketball for Hendrix College in Conway, AR.
There he set two scoring records. Among numerous accolades he was named
honorable mention All- American in 1973. He was a four-year letterman
and graduated in 1974. Danny also lettered in
track and was part of the 440 yard relay team which set a school
record. He was inducted into Hendrix College's Hall of Honor in 1995.
1973–74 Danny served as assistant basketball coach to Cliff Garrison at
Hendrix College. He went on to become the head basketball coach at
Marion High and Sylvan Hills High Schools.
After fourteen years of coaching, Danny pursued a career with State
Farm Insurance. He spent the next twenty-seven years with the company
and formed many lasting friendships. He was well respected in his
profession and known to have a diligent work ethic.
attending college, Danny met and married his treasured wife Sandra Kay
Brown. They were blessed with three beautiful children and four
was a man of true integrity. He always made time for people, offering
them encouragement and guidance. He volunteered as a coach in youth
sports for many years and impacted lives
by the example he set. He was genuine, patient and kind hearted. He
loved young people and always took an interest in them.
all, Danny was a godly man who recognized Christ as his Lord and
Savior. He raised his family in the fear of the Lord and was devoted to
his faith and to his family. He was a member
of Agape Church in Little Rock.
Danny was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter, Dandra Kay Thomas whom he deeply cherished; as well as his aforementioned parents; brother, Wilbert (Patricia) and Vercy Thomas; sisters, Velma Ann Early and Berna Dean Thomas; two nieces, Andrea Thomas Parker and Jennifer Antee Howard; nephew, Lamont Credit.His legacy of love will live on in the hearts of his wife Sandra of Conway; two beautiful children, Mario (Micaela) Thomas and Bridget Thomas; his grandchildren, Breylin Smith and Jaiden, Jeryn and Jamen Thomas all of Conway, AR; his siblings, Johnny (Lillian) Thomas of Miami, FL; Isaac (LaTonya) Thomas, Jr. of Cedar Hills, TX; Veter (George) Howard, III of Pine Bluff, AR; Amanda (Michael) Pace of Suwanee, GA; and Connie (Clifton) McGowan of Maumelle, AR; brother-in-laws, Joseph Early, Sr. of Hot Springs, AR; Dwight Brown, Gary Brown and Ladell (Elese) Brown all of Conway, AR; sister-in-laws, Theresa Thomas of Dallas, TX, Lee (Bernie) Miller of Denver, CO, Joyce (Elbert) Credit and Connie (Ronnie) Williams of Conway, AR; and a host of nieces and nephews.
of Life service will be held Friday, September 29, 2017, 11:00am at
Agape Church, 701 Napa Valley Dr., Little Rock, Arkansas 72212.
Committal service and final resting place will be at Salem Cemetery, Conway, Arkansas.
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Danny & Dandra Thomas
Memorial Fund for scholarships and assistance to athletes at Conway
High School. Donations may be mailed to 2300
Prince Street, Conway AR 72034 Attn: Ashley Nance. They may also be
given at any First Security Bank.