Daniel Thomas Sr., 80, of Seymour passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at his residence.
He was born June 24, 1937, in Moultrie, Georgia, the son of Mary Williams and James Thomas. Daniel relocated to Seymour when he was 11 years old and was raised by his father and stepmother, Fannie Thomas.
He was a graduate of Shields High School Class of 1957. Daniel became one of Seymour’s best all-time athletes, excelling in basketball, football and track. In December 2017, he was inducted into the Seymour High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He played basketball for Purdue and Utah State. He was offered a chance to play with the Globetrotters but decided to come back to Seymour and start a family.
Daniel worked at Thompson’s Dairy, Fleetguard of Cummins and eventually retired from Golden Foundry in Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Veatrice L. Blewett; children, Daniel Thomas Jr., Jay A. Thomas, David W. Thomas, Jason A. Thomas and Justin W. Thomas; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Rick Pennybaker; and sisters, Sylvia McReynolds and Rita Perry.
The funeral service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Voss & Sons Funeral Service in Seymour with Pastor Leon Harris and Pastor Roxzedena McKee officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. until time of service Monday.
Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health or Bethel AME Church.
Online condolences may be made at vossfuneralservice.com.