Donald Wayne Thomas, long time East Baton Rouge Parish Schools educator, died on April 8 at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, Louisiana. A native and resident of Baton Rouge, Donald was born on June 2, 1945 to James and Martha Beauchamp Thomas. He was a 1963 graduate of McKinley Senior High School and earned a bachelor's degree in Art Education and Social Studies from Southern University in 1968. He subsequently earned a master's degree in Education and Supervision/Administration also from Southern University. Donald was employed in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System for more than thirty years. During his tenure he served as a teacher, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. He also taught graduate courses at Southern University. Donald was loved by many, had a personality that was magnetic, and his heart was made of gold. Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Sybil Diane Key Thomas, their two daughters, Kim Thomas Hall (Byron) and Kerri Thomas, Baton Rouge; brother, Albert C. Thomas (Patricia), Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, six sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Donald was preceded in death by his parents James and Martha B. Thomas; three brothers, James Thomas, Leroy Thomas, Johnny Thomas and three sisters Dorothy Phillips, Barbara Ransom, and Emma Daigre. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Life Member of McKinley Alumni Association, and Knights of Peter Claver - Council 351. He was a lover of Jazz. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 9:00 AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM; St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 3912 Gus Young Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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