LOWELL THOMAS, SR.

Died: Sat., Oct. 31, 2020


Interment following funeral service

Sat., Nov. 14, 2020
Location: Floral Park


Visitation

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 14, 2020
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Nov. 14, 2020
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


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 Lowell “Champ” Thomas

                Lowell Thomas, Sr. was the seventh of thirteen children born to Stanley Thomas and Lelia Esters Thomas, in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 13, 1940.

                Lowell was born and raised on the east side of Indianapolis “On the Hill”. He was       affectionately known as “Bo-Sho”, “Lo Lo”, “Toby”, “King of the Hill” and “Champ”.  He attended Hazel Hart Hendricks school 37 and Crispus Attucks High School. Lowell was baptized in the Holy Spirit at Christ Temple. 

                Lowell met the love of his life, Theadola McMillan Thomas in 1958.  Lowell knew he found his soulmate the first time he laid eyes on her.  They were joined in Holy Matrimony June 30, 1961 and their love story continued for nearly 57 years until her death May 25, 2018. Together they lived a great life, full of love and family dedication.  Lowell was a devoted husband, amazing father, great provider, protector, and source of strength and love for his family.  

                Lowell worked for Allison Transmission / Rolls Royce from 7/26/71 -9/1/2005 and      retired after 38 years. He was dedicated, hardworking and well respected and admired        byco-workers and management alike.  He could be found with friends on lunch break sharing funny stories and challenging others to perform exercises like chin-ups, and knuckle push-ups.

                In the words of Lowell, here is a “Short Funny Story” he shared with his children.  At the age of 12 he agreed to his first professional boxing match without telling his family or getting permission from his mother.   He was matched with an experienced 18 year- old who had 18 professional fights under his belt.  While this was Lowell’s first fight he was introduced as an experienced boxer with 12 professional fights!  Imagine how shocked his brother was to see him on television preparing to fight.  The word quickly spread throughout the neighborhood and everyone gathered in front of the television to cheer him on. Unfortunately, he lost his first boxing match and had to answer to his mother. The good news is he was paid for his first prize fight… with “packages of wieners.”  

                Lowell proved he had heart that day, and it was the beginning of an amazing journey that lasted nearly 70 years. From prize fighter to Coach he worked with many greats like Tom Liebert, Champ Chaney, Sarge Johnson, and Marvin Johnson to name a few.  He has coached and trained countless men, women, children, and Golden Glove champions over the years at the PAL Club, Sarge Johnson Gym, Riverside Gym, Hispanic Center, St. Rita’s, Christamore House and his own gym, LT Boxing.  He is also the Inventor of the End Swell which is sold and used in sports and boxing competitions all over the world. He was a mentor, friend, and inspiration to all he met.  He could often be heard calling people “Champ”, it was his own special way of uplifting and inspiring them to see the value in themselves.

 

 Awards

1984 - Indiana Golden Gloves “Sarge” Johnson Award for Honesty, Sportsmanship, Dedication, Success

1987 - 1989, 1991-1992, 1994-1999 - Head Coach for Indiana Golden Gloves Team (11 Years)

1997 - Inducted into Golden Gloves Association of America Coaches Hall of Fame

2016 - 46th Annual Indiana Black Expo Award for Dedication 25 Years as Amateur Boxing Coach

2020 - Indiana Boxing Hall of Fame Hero Ward

 

                Lowell Thomas, Sr. departed this life on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at the age of 80 years, 8 months, and 18 days. His wife, Theadola Thomas; his parents; 4 brothers, Henry Stanley Thomas, Donald Thomas, Raymond Thomas, and Michael Thomas; and 2 sisters, June Gilbert and Leila Beaman, preceded him in death.

                He leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Lowell Thomas, Jr. and Larry Thomas (Selina); daughters, Tonia Stubbs, Teresa Adams (John), Tammy Tolliver, Tashia Thomas (Prentis), Barbara Jeannine Relford (Irving); 20 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; special family friend, Stephen Cole; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

                Lowell “Champ” Thomas has left an unforgettable legacy that will live on  forever in the hearts of his children, grandchildren, family, friends, the city of Indianapolis and the world of Boxing.

 

In the words of the Champ “Be Nice” and “Be Amicable”

 

                                                          

 

Humbly Submitted…………………….The Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bass Family
   Posted Sat November 14, 2020
We would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Thomas. He was such a nice neighbor Remember the sweet memories. May God continue to strengthen the family


From neighbors, the Bass family

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