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Funeral services for former Texas A&M running back Rodney Thomas will be held on Friday, June 20 in his hometown of Groveton, Texas with the viewing from 9:30-11 a.m. and the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. at the John Wayne Reynolds Gymnasium.
One of the greatest running backs in school history, Thomas died Saturday in his hometown at the age of 41. During his Aggie career, Thomas was named to the All-Southwest Conference team twice while rushing for 3,014 yards and 41 touchdowns from 1991-94. He helped the Aggies to three straight conference titles and appearances in the Cotton Bowl. His 3,014 rushing yards rank No. 5 in school annals, while his 41 rushing touchdowns stand as the third-best in A&M history. He was named the Aggie Heart Award recipients as a senior and drafted in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.
Former Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum said, “I was shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of Rodney Thomas. He was a great football player, but more importantly, he was one of the finest young men that I have ever met. He was so kind, considerate and unselfish. He impacted all that met him in a positive way. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Aggieland lost one of its brightest stars.”
Thomas is survived by his wife, Leigh; a four-year old son, Ian Rodney Thomas; and a teenage stepson, Jalen David Brown, who is entering Texas A&M this fall to pursue an engineering degree.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association Building Fund to create a lasting tribute to Rodney Thomas.
Rodney Thomas Funeral Arrangements
Friday, June 20
*The John Wayne Reynolds Gymnasium
207 North Main Street
*Upon arrival, follow Indian Stadium Drive to the sports complex. Look for the John Wayne Reynolds Gymnasium near the home side of the football stadium.
9:30am - 11:00am
Donations can be made to:
12th Man Foundation
P.O. Box 2800
College Station, TX 77841-2800
Memo: Lettermen’s Facility Fund / Rodney Thomas Memorial
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