Dr. George E. Thomas

May 21, 1945 - December 12, 2020

Dr. George Ellis Thomas succumbed to COVID-19 on December 12th, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas. A lifelong resident and the youngest of three siblings, George was born on May 21, 1945 in Beaumont, Texas. 

He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1963, where he was voted Class Favorite and Senior Class President. He continued his education as a math major at Lamar University. An active member of the college community, George joined the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, where he developed lifelong friendships with Mike McCrosky, Joe Trum, Bill Coffey and Diana Coffey. George also served as both the 1965 Social Chairman and 1966 Rush Chairman, a record recruitment year. During his time in college, he was a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity and from 1965-1967 a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.   

After graduating in 1967, George continued his dream to become a physician by attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. In addition to his many academic achievements in medical school, George was also a member of the Phi Beta Pi Fraternity. In the Fall of 1971 George moved to Dallas and began his internship at Baylor University Medical Center. During that same year he would complete an externship at Presidio US Army base, San Francisco, CA. There he saw many of his friends and colleagues off to serve in the Vietnam War. He returned to Baylor July of 1972 to begin his residency in Internal Medicine.  In 1975, his final year at Baylor, George was chief resident, another testament to his dedication, intelligence, and desire to always do his best. He then continued his medical career by practicing in Dallas at the prestigious Dallas Medical and Surgical Clinic. 

After 11 years in Dallas, he decided to return home to Beaumont.  George would go on to found his own practice from the ground up, with the mission to provide compassionate, quality healthcare, known today as Beaumont Internal Medicine and Geriatric Associates, BIMGA.   George was board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and has humbly served our community for 50 years. George met his beloved wife Kathleen in 1987, at a hospital beach party and promptly was enamored by her. After dating for several years, in 1991 George and Kathy were married at their infamous “Howdy Neighbor Farm”, the site for many social gatherings and parties.  In 1998, George and Kathy adopted their only daughter, Maris Emma.  The only thing George loved more than serving his community as a doctor, was spending time with his family. George always supported Kathy and Maris’s endeavors, no matter how unconventional. He always doted on them and put them first. George’s hobbies included fishing, playing the stock market, and sports of all kinds, but particularly baseball, even naming his only child after a Yankee’s player. He also loved traveling with his family as well as his friend, Terry & Nancy Shipman, Barbara & Bill Smith, Jan & Mike Dorian, and Tony & MaryGrace Levacy. George always made room for his beloved daughter to join on their adventures and looked forward to seeing the world. He also had a soft spot for furry friends. He never wanted the animals Maris brought home, but would quickly be found with his newest pal, sitting with them every day and sneaking them popcorn. While hospitalized, he expressed his wishes to be reunited with them at home. There will never be the right words to describe the love that surrounds George, but we will forever cherish him and hold his memory near, carrying on his legacy of compassion and selflessness. 

George is preceded in death by his parents, George T. and Emma Thomas, and his nephew Edward Brown “Grip” Gripon. 

He is survived by his wife of 29 years Kathleen “Kathy” Thomas, his daughter Maris Emma Thomas, sisters Carolyn DuBois and Marilyn Gripon, as well as a very large and loving family, innumerable friends, and his incredible office staff and partners of BIMGA who he loved dearly.  

There will be a Celebration of Life when it is safe to gather. 

Gifts in memory of Dr. Thomas can be directed to Lamar University Foundation, P.O. Box 11500, Beaumont, Texas 77710 or www.lamar.edu/give and directed to Lamar University Baseball or the Dr. George Thomas Memorial Scholarship fund.

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Steven Barkley

Dr. Thomas was a caring, dedicated physician.. He cared about his patients. He was a superb diagnostician. My wife, Judy, and I were blessed to have Dr. Thomas as our physician for many years. We will both miss him.

Cathy Soberon

Dearest Kathy and Maris, sending my love. May joyful memories be the balm for your sorrow.

Ruston Chandler

So sad to hear this. George will be missed on our beach adventures

Vaner Smith

George was a fraternity brother at Lamar. He was a great friend and a great guy.. He will be missed.

Vaner Smith

George was a great friend and a good guy. He will be sorely missed.

Ronnie & Mary Moses

Our Hearts are saddened by the loss of not only our Doctor , but someone like family....George was a person that took time to listen & took time to treat his patients, he was special and will be missed.... Our Heartfelt thoughts and Prayers go out to his family and to his wonderful staff . May God find a special place for Dr. Thomas on his Heavenly House...... Ronnie & Mary......

Evangeline George

A wonderful young,man. Worked on science projects with him.

Diane Cannon

What a special doctor! Again, what a loss!

Vicky Gongora

Great man and Great physician. Such a sad loss to the medical community. Prayers to his family & his medical family.

Aliceson Summers

I was a patient of his for 25 years. He was also my family’s Dr. There will never be another doctor like him. He was caring, very thorough, trustworthy and loved people. He will be missed greatly. Praying for his family , medical family, patients and friends. He was loved deeply.!❤️

Charmaine Garner

Prayers for your family. You will be missed! Thank you George for all you have done for so many .

Curtis J Comeau DDS

I spent many an hour at "Little" Georges house watching Dizzy Dean and the baseball game of the week as well as playing hoops in his driveway back in the 60's .He was a champ at 4 horses.. Last saw George when he visited Steamboat Springs years ago and we had dinner. What a nice guy. His passing -- what a waste.. You will be missed, George.

Travis Bryan and Bonney Arceneaux Bryan

Dr Thomas was loved and respected by his patients, nurses, and colleagues. He will be missed. Sending love, thoughts and prayers to his family and staff. May God’s Peace be with you. Bonney Bryan

Buzz and Cathy Long

Kathy and Maris, Buzz and I are devastated about George's loss. We can't help but go back to all the good times we had with the Good Times Gang. We can't help but remember cooking for your wedding. And then there was the Tennis Tuxedo parties. Our hearts are broken as are yours and we can only say we are sending our prayers to/for you both and the rest of the family. All our love Buzz and Cathy Long

Rebecca & Jay Rogers

I am so thankful for all the laughs and smiles ! I will always cherish those memories!

Joylynne Baker

Dr. Thomas has been my physician and friend for several years. He was very brilliant, and also kind, and empathetic. I join many who mourn his passing. This is such a loss to not only his family and friends, but the entire medical community. Heartfelt condolences to Kathy and Maris. Rest in Eternal Peace, dear Dr. Thomas.

George Wynne

Thanks for being my friend for 70 years starting from kindergarten at Averill and First Methodist Church. Our memories include so many wonderful friends and their parents who helped us to have fun growing up together in Beaumont, Texas. You were my father's physician and your medical dedication was well known. My wife Louise and I send our sincere condolences.

Jerry Henderson

Dr. Thomas has been my doctor for many years, and was my husband's and my mother's doctor.. Please accept my condolences for your loss. He was a great doctor, and his passing will be a major loss for his patients. Rest in peace, Dr. Thomas. You will be missed.

Robyn Lamana

Dr. Thomas was a wonderful doctor but an even better person. I sure am going to miss him. My prayers are with Kathy, Maris and all of his family and friends. The world was a much brighter place with him in it.. Rest in peace Dr. Thomas, we all love you.

Frances Alberto

One of the best!

Lauren Barrera FNP-C

My deepest sympathies for your loss, I will miss him dearly, I will always appreciate his sense of humor and his passion for his patients.

Nancy martin

The only Doctor I ever loved. So sad

Mary Dinet

My heart is broken over the loss of such a kind, caring, person. Dr. Thomas has been my and practically half of my family's physician for many years. He made you feel like a personal friend each time you saw him, not just your doctor. My prayers go out to his family and all of his many friends who are grieving over his loss. Rest in peace my friend.


Very caring compassionate person. Good friend ,great doctor,will be greatly missed .

Sandra F. Clark

Dr Thomas was my friend and doctor for 25 years. He cared about patients. My heart breaks for Kathy and Maris and the rest of the family. A loss to the entire community.

Amanda Heironimus

Dr. Thomas was a beautiful soul full of life and gone too soon. We will never forget seeing he and his wife at different events around town. We will be praying for the family and send our condolences.

Daina Verrett

Rest in peace Dr. Thomas you were a wonderful person.

Kathy Sory Isabell

So sorry for the loss of Dr. George Thomas, what a wonderful doctor, kind, caring and compassionate. He will truly be missed. Prayers for comfort for his wife and daughter.

Alicia Horn

My deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful man, cherished friend, and excellent physician. His love and care for others is unmatched; he will be missed by all.

Peggy come yates

To Kathy and Maris I have no words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. He was a good and honest man, and just an awesome physician. He will be missed not only by his friends but by his patients in the community as a whole. My heart my prayers and my deepest sympathy go out to you both. Your whole family is near and dear to my heart I love all of y'all

Breck and Toni English

Respected by friends and colleagues, George was a good friend of our immediate family and their friends and will be sorely missed. Our condolences to Kathy and Maris.

Jane an Joe Bob Kinsel

We were deeply saddened to hear about George’s death. What a fine man and fantastic doctor. He was wonderful with and to my mother Carroll Nelson. We knew he would always take perfect care of her as her physician. Joe Bob said he was definitely the smartest guy at Beaumont High! We send our love, sympathy and prayers to George’s entire family. Peace be with all of you.

Thomas Sr Brenda Ehrensberger

Dr. Thomas was a wonderful, caring, old fashion physician. We will both miss him. He was the best May God bless his family.

Patti Taylor

Dr. Thomas has been my Dr., and most of my family’s Dr. for years. I want his family to know that we all loved him for the person he was and for being the most caring I’ve ever had . I use to tease him and tell him he had a “cult “ following. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed

Lisa Flores

Back in the day when physicians rounded in the hospital on their own patients, I met Dr Thomas . He would walk into the nursing station with a heavy sigh and a smile. I quickly came to realize what a brilliant physician he was ! And so, he has been my doctor & friend for 33 + years . I can not begin to say how much he will be missed ! Love & prayers to his wife & daughter .

Mark Kubalal, MD

George was a great physician and a wonderful, kind man who was loved by his patients and respected by the medical community. He took excellent care of his patients he was an smart diagnostician and it was always pleasure to see his patients.. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace my friend.

Gary Rothenberger, Jr.

What a loss! George has been a good friend and doctor since he and I were both young men. I will miss him greatly. Thank you my friend!

Jimmie Jay Jackson

I and many others are deeply saddened by the loss of George.  We began Kindergarten at Averill School and graduated in the class of '63 from Beaumont High.  He was a special friend, an exceptional doctor and a kind and emphatic man.  I send my condolences to Kathy, Maris, Marilyn, Carolyn and the rest of the Thomas family.  Cherish your memories and may God give you peace!

Shirley & Nicholas Walker

Nick and I are so very sorry for your lost, George was a great doctor here on earth, and an beautiful angel in heaven, rest in knowing he was loved and respected by many...

Cathy Bencowitz

I am having trouble envisioning a world without George. Kathy, my heart goes out to you and Maris. You are in my heart and my prayers.

Nicole Hawthorne

I am truly sorry for your loss. Dr. Thomas was my family doctor for years. He was kind,caring and always have me a good laugh. I'm going to miss him greatly. Many prayers. Nicole Hawthorne

Corky and Beth Wheeler

Our prayers go out to all who knew and loved George. He will never be forgotten, but always loved. George was a wonderful person, friend and doctor to everyone. George has left so many wonderful memories in our hearts. We wish the best for Kathy, Maris as well as family and friends. What a great loss . Corky and Beth Wheeler

Kim Lawrence and JoAnn Chapman

Dear Kathy and Maris, Dr Thomas was special to many families including mine. I pray for peace and rest for family and friends.

Lynn wohler

It was a very sad day Saturday when I heard that Dr Thomas had died. He had been my doctor for many many years. He was an excellent physician and cared deeply for each of his patients. He will be missed. I feel such sadness and sorrow for his wife , Kathy,;his daughter, Maris,; and his family. sincerely, Lynn Wohler


Oh the fun of working with Dr. Thomas at St. Elizabeth, dressing up coming through the nurse's station with his wife! His sense of humor and wonderful, old-fashioned physician style will be missed. Prayers for the family.

Dennis Stroud

My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family. Dr. Thomas was a wonderful doctor and loving caring man. God Bless . He will be greatly missed. Dennis Stroud

Jim and Karen Rush

Oh, how we’ll miss Dr. Thomas! What a smart, kind, amusing man. Peace to his family and all who loved him.

Marie & Leonis Francis

Dr. Thomas was my parents and my husband's physician...He took such good care of his patients. My condolences to his family and staff.

Paige King

Dr. Thomas has been my doctor for years, he was a wonderful, very thorough Dr..! Not even just that, he was a great friend! We will miss him so much! Prayers and condolences to all family and friends!

Harold Eisen

I was heartbroken to hear of George's passing. He was not only a fine physician, but a great and caring human being. I will miss him greatly.

bill adn susan geyser

susan and i are heartbroken. george was so special to us . he cared about evryone, kathy and maris you are lucky to have him for a husband and father. How now will the Astros make it thru seasons withour george! some great times, but also some great memories that will last forever. bill adn susan geyser

Debbie (Spafford) Foster

George was one of my favorite people.. I haven't seen him since college, but have thought about the great times we all had together at Lamar. Very sorry to hear he is no longer with us. I have heard he has been a wonderful doctor for many people over these years. Many prayers and beautiful, loving memories for his family and friends. Rest In Peace, George.

Terry Shipman

Dido to all above. Dr. Thomas was the best physician I've ever known. In addition to that,, he knew baseball trivia. better than anyone. I would throw trivia questions to him and the only ones he did not get were such obscure factoids that I was pretty sure he would not know the correct answer. Sometimes, after giving it some thought, he would get even the obscure ones. There was one, that I absolutely knew he would not get, well, he DID. I knew he was really sick when he did not respond to my last trivia question. He did answer the previous one, correctly the day before. I will miss you Doc. You have left a big hole in a lot of lives. Nancy and I extend our deepest condolences to Kathy, Maris, and all of George's family.


I will never forget the years that I worked for Dr Thomas. Not only was he great physician but also a great employer. He was a great man that loved his patients and family dearly. My deepest condolences to you, Katy and Maris.

Judi and Ronnie Benoit

Sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Thomas. He was a wonderful physician to our parents, Archie and Jessie Mae Johnston for a very long time. Their family

Joree Storms

I am still so lost without Dr. Thomas! I’ve been his patient. For 45 years

Joree Storms

I still can’t believe it! He was my Dr. for 40 plus years! He was so good and I trusted him completely! He can’t be replaced!! Love and prayers to his family.

Rolland Comeau

Really sorry to hear of George's passing. I knew George as a friend starting in elementary school at Averill all the way through our years at BHS. We played baseball. basketball, and everything else that kids did together during the 50s He was known affectionately to us as "Little George". Although he was small in statue, George was BIG in everything else he accomplished. We lived about two blocks from each other. I have fond memories of all the fun we had together many years ago. Great Friend. Great Man. Rest in peace "Little George".. May God be with you my friend.

Daryl Ann Borel

Great man! Great doctor! He will be missed!

Jack and Carol Hawthorne

We just learned of Dr Thomas' passing. We are shocked and saddened at the news. Our sincere condolences to the family and his staff. He has been our family doctor for many years and we will miss him.

Don Kelly

My loving and caring doctor for 40+ years! He died faithfully serving his beloved patients! My condolences to all his family and friends, but especially to his daughter of whom he spoke to me so often and proudly! He was a healer in every respect! We are all blessed to have had the good doctor in our lives! -- Don Kelly

Thomas & Mary Williams

So sorry for your loss. We were patients of Dr. Thomas for 40+ years. He was an awesome doctor and will be missed by so many. Especially us, when we heard the news it felt like we had lost a family member. Our sincere condolences to his family. May he forever rest in piece. Thomas and Mary Williams

Donna Theriot

On behalf of both my parents, CH and Aleene Brawley, please accept our most sincere condolences to Dr. Thomas' family and office staff. He was a very kind and sincere doctor, and both my parents loved him. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Dr. Thomas!

Charles Crim M.D.

Of course the family and patients knew George better than I did. But before they knew him we were in medical school together at Galveston and in the same fraternity. Always looked sharp, always a good sense of humor and a good 2nd baseman on our softball team. I attended his reception into the first medical group he joined in Beaumont. We practiced in the same building for many years and talked numerous times about patients in common but did not cross paths often. Because of the person he was this is not just a loss of a life but a loss in the lives of his family and patients as well.

ben and louise como

kathy and maris---my heart is broken and my eyes filled with tears. i will surely miss him and i loved him so.. maris was his everything.

Eddie Collins

George was a great doctor, man, father, husband, and funny as all get out. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to Kathy and Maris.

Ford Pratt

I will miss my friend and longtime medical partner of my father. Many above have noted his skill as a diagnostician and love of baseball. My years in Beaumont confirm this as well. Butch will be greatly missed by the Pratt Family. Condolences to his entire family.

Joyce Towne

My deepest sympathy to family and staff of Dr. Thomas. Dr. Thomas was recommended to me through another physician, and he was awesome. He was kind, a good listener, and a great physician.

Shirley Nelson

I am so saddened to hear this . I worked for Dr. Thomas and he was a great employer. He treated all his employees with respect and he was a joy to work for. He was a gifted Physician and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Jim Love

I miss you dear friend... we we lost a great doctor and an even better buddy. He was small in stature. but enormous in heart and character.... he will be busy keeping folks healthy in Heaven!

Mike McCray

George and I were classmates from Averill through Beaumont High. And again, at Lamar where we were both Pikes. I saw him recently in Austin and he had not changed one bit. Brother George will be missed by everyone that knew him, but I'm sure he is in a better place. Rest In Peace George. Mike

Angela Finkenbiner

I am sending all my love and prayers to Maris and Kathy. I will truly miss him. He was an awesome doctor and so caring to his patients and it was wonderful working with him. Most of all he was a tremendous role model and a dear friend. Love to all.

Joanie Amacker Haley

I still remember George’s slogan when running for office at BHS : “From tiny acorns, great oaks grow!” He certainly grew to tower over us all with his true intellect and dedication to his community and family. We will treasure the memories we shared from the 50’s and 60’s. My sincerest condolences - Joanie

Mimi silverberg cohen

Many special memories of our childhood and then later my dear folks' doctor! I will always remember you!!

Becky & Rodney Ames

A friend, primary care physician and absolutely one of the finest individuals you would ever know. Full of life, smart, there if you needed him, dry sense of humor and we looked forward to getting together with Kathy & George. You will be missed both professionally and as our very good friend! Becky & Rodney

Theresa Johnston

George was such a great guy! Such a dry sense of humor, such a great doctor but especially a great family man. My thoughts and prayers for his family..

Kelli Arfeen

Dr Thomas was a great guy, a great physician, and a friend to all. His patients adored him and families respected his knowledge. Never too busy to listen to a concerned nurse, always returned his calls and KNEW. that patient you were calling about ! We loved him !! Prayers and love to Kathy and Maris ❤️

Thomas (Tommy) & Lois Thompson

Dr. Thomas has been mine and my wife's physician for 18 plus years. Not once but twice I credit him with saving my life. When we heard the news of his passing we could hardly believe it. We will miss him sorely. May he rest in peace.

Tenna Anderson Broussard

Dear Kathy and Maris. My heart hurts for you. George was an amazing physician, husband, father and friend. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him. I am sure he and Rod are catching up. Hugs and prayers.

Lorenzo and Carolann Castillo

The memories we have with Dr. George will forever be in our memories. I always had great conversations about baseball with him, I remember texting back and forth during the Astros World Series win and seeing him in t.v.! The man was full of life and has a special place in our hearts. Love and prayers are with you always.

Bill Smartt

George and I spent many nights at each other’s house growing up. When at my house, sometimes our tempers would get the better of us and he would call his mother to come get him. By the time she arrived, we had made up and she turned around and went home. At his house it was yard games. There were many, but the best one was probably kick the can. George was my mother’s doctor in her final years. A fine doctor, a fine person.

William P. Allison

I'm another one who started Averill School in 1950 and graduated BHS in 1963. We were good friends in our younger years and remained friends through high school. Some have written of his love of baseball but I'm here to tell you he was a hell of a good basketball player. We played many rounds of one-on-one and "Horse" at his house and a few at mine. By late high school I was 6'6" and George ("Little George") remained at 5'3-4". However, I had a renowned 2" vertical leap and George could jump and float. Besides, he had really good technique and a beautiful shot. Two final thoughts about George. He never objected to being called "Little George" when we were younger. When we got older, he incorporated into his persona and used it as a positive and never let his lack of height get to him. I also never beat him in one-on-one because I had that unwieldy size and he had the techniques. The second is that from George's obituary it seems he practiced exactly the same type of medicine as my father did. It does not surprise me that so many Beaumonter's feel like he was a great doctor who did not do medicine by the numbers but did medicine by the patients. He cared! What better tribute could a physician receive?

dENISE Blain Dale

I do not have the words to say all I feel. I worked for and knew Dr. Thomas as a friend, most intelligent Physician and compassionate human being that I ever knew. His brilliance as a Diagnostician was well known and his kindness and dedication to his Practice was legendary. He was loved. Sympoathy and prayers tro Maris and Kathy. Rest in Peace my friend.

Rene S Greenwald

I just learned of the passing of Dr. Thomas and am deeply saddened. He was a great doctor and a wonderful human being. I will miss him and his caring medical attention. My prayers and thoughts go out to Dr. Thomas's family and may they find peace and conform during these difficult times.

Betty Kunz Smith

I am sorry for the tragic loss of your husband Kathy and Maris dear father.. Dr Thomas will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was my friend and physician for over thirty years. I count myself blessed to have had him as my and my late husbands doctor. How I miss this kind and caring dear friend. My prayers and sympathy go out to you . I know your heart’s are hurting. May god bless you and give you peace.sincerely,Betty

Melanie Maxwell Rivers

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Thomas. A genuine person and a wonderful doctor. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to family and the practice .

The Torbert Trio, Benny, Bren & Benjamin

Our hearts are SO SADDENED at this news of our SO SWEET , COMPASSIONATE & CARING... Dr Thomas. How we LOVED him! & will GREATLY MISS him. He was truly.... ONE OF A KIND!! ❤️ Praying family, friends, patients & colleagues find peace & comfort .... that only the Lord can give.