Jefferson County-born vet turning 100
McConico Mac Thomas
Jefferson County native McConico “Mac” Thomas of Fort Worth celebrates his 100th birthday on Sunday.
The WWII veteran, who preached his first sermon in the 1990s, is hoping to preach again, and according to a press release, writes from the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Thomas was born on January 17, 1921 in Victoria Township.
“By the grace of God, Mac overcame typhus and malaria at the age of 6,” said the church of which he is a member. “”
He was baptized in a creek behind his house by Rev. IC Brooks, assisted by Sister Martha Cole, at the age of 11. At this brook Mac chose a special place where he could communicate with God in prayer. “
Thomas attended Rosenwald High School in Humphrey and moved to St. Louis after graduating.
He entered the military in April 1941 and received basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he was trained as a combat engineer. After completing his basic training, he began his five-year business trip.
“His military service gave him the opportunity to travel the world. He served in Scotland, England, Africa, Germany and Italy. One of the highlights of his military career was meeting General BO Davis, the first African-American general in the US Army,” according to the author of publication.
After retiring from the military, he attended Lincoln University, a historically black university in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he moved to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in agriculture.
After graduation, he moved to Oakland, California and worked in the naval shipyard for 12 years. He was then hired by Golden State Life Insurance, a predominantly black company, where he became a successful district manager, according to the press release.
In Oakland he met the love of his life Tommie. They were married and had two sons, Thaddeus and Theodore. Their sons moved to Fort Worth and the couple moved there in 1988.
“Bro. And Sis. Thomas joined the Missionary Baptist Church at Mount Olive, where they were very active in many areas of the Church. They facilitated marriage workshops. Couples were invited to their homes and received meals and marriage counseling. Bro. Bro.” And Sis. Thomas chaired the scholarship committee to assist high school graduates in their quest for college. Because of their dedication and dedication to education, this annual scholarship is named in their honor. Bro. And Sis. Thomas were inseparable from where you saw one as you saw both. That was always the case until they were separated by their death, “the press release reads.
Thomas was a deacon and teacher in Mount Olive Church. He has served as a devotional leader in the Fort Worth Citywide Brotherhood, the North Texas District Association, and the National Baptist Convention of America.
At 95, Thomas answered the call to the Ministry. Thomas has given two sermons, is hoping to preach at least one more, and plans to write a book.