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James P. "Buddy" Thomas
Buddy Thomas was born in Genoa, Texas located near Houston, Texas. At about the age of 13, Buddy moved to Security, Texas where he grew up helping his father on the farm. It was in Security that Buddy met Gertie Squire who he would later marry in November 1939. After they married the Thomas' moved to Arlington, Texas. During the war Buddy worked for Northern American Aircraft Plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. During that time, Buddy and Gertie were members of the "Old Rock Church". They later returned to the Houston area where Buddy was an engineer of a tugboat. On December 10th of that year, their first son, James Jr. was born. A while later the family moved to Cleveland, Texas where Buddy worked for his brother who owned a feed store. In 1949 the Thomas' moved back to Arlington. During this time Buddy worked for a friend Rev. Odell Jones who owned a plumbing business. Buddy and his wife also helped Rev. Jones at his church in Fort Worth. Buddy played the guitar, and Gertie played the piano at the church. In 1952 Buddy went into business with his brother, establishing T&T Break Services. Buddy later bought his brother's business out and stayed in business until he retired in 1983. In 1953 the Thomas' had twin daughters Kathi & Karlos. During those years Buddy has served on church boards, helped his wife with youth ministries at Bethel Assembly, and served many years with the Gideons in the placement of Bibles. Mr. Thomas also belongs to the Kiwanis club here in Arlington. He once served on the board of what is now Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He spent much time and labor in assisting his son, James Thomas, who was the founding pastor of Dayspring Church.
Kay Newberry was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Levelland, Texas. She was born into a Christian hom and has attended church all of her life. She started teaching a Sunday School Class when she was in high school and has continued to volunteer in each church she has attended. She has used the skills she gained from 30 years in education as a teacher and administrator in the various areas she has worked in the church. At Dayspring Kay serves as the worship leader in the English service, Christian Education Coordinator, and ESL teacher as we well as elder. Her vision for Dayspring is that people from all ethnicities will fill the church on Sunday mornings as Dayspring reaches out to its neighborhood and Arlington.
Gertie Squire Thomas was born in Cleveland, Texas. She married James Thomas in 1939. After they married the Thomas’ moved to Arlington, Texas, where her husbad was employed at North American Aviation during the war. In 1944, they moved back to the Houston, Texas area where their first born child James Thomas Jr. was born in December of that year. In 1949 the Thomas family moved back to Arlington. In 1952 Mr Thomas went into business for himself at T&T Brake Service which operated until his retirement in 1983. In 1953, Mrs. Thomas gave birth to a set of twin girls. The Thomas’ children all attended and graduated school in Arlington. In addition to being a full time mother, Gertie also kept the books for her husband’s business all the years he was in operation. Gertie also helped served as the youth director of 50-60 youth at Bethel Assembly of God for 7 years during their daughter’s teen years. In the meantime Gertie also went back to school and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1980. After graduating college Gertie taught in a private school for a year, and also continued substitute teaching in the public schools of Arlington. After the Thomas’ retired in 1983, their son James had the Thomas families take a family trip overseas. The family visited England, Germany, Austria, Rome, France, and Belgium. In 1984 their son James who had been a pastor of a church in Oklahoma, started a bible study at the Holiday Inn in Arlington, Texas. Gertie and her husband were involved in this process which ultimately led to the official formation of what is today Dayspring Church. The church grew and the present building was purchased in 1985. Gertie worked closely with her son, and she worked in the area of counseling, testing and grading special tests, coordinator of ministries, and planning banquets and retreats. She also served over the years in teaching teen and adult classes, served on the church board, leader of the Women’s ministries. She wrote three plays that were also performed at the church. Gertie continues to host small groups in her home, helps in church functions and decorating the church, and also continues to make the picture collages of the church family at various functions that line the halls of our church. She has published two poems, and has published a book, a biography of the Thomas’ son entitled “A Unique Pastor”. This book can be checked out from our local Arlington library. On November 11th of 2013, Mrs. Thomas and her husband will be celebrating 74 years of marriage.