Max Aubrey Thomason was born September 9,1933 in Dialville, TX to Irma and John Wiley
Thomason and died March 16, 2023 at his home. He was a proud graduate of the Dialville
Tigers class of ‘52.
After graduating, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio, TX where he was
trained to be an air traffic controller. He worked in San Antonio, New Orleans and Shreveport. In
1970, he returned to Dialville to live and started working at Pounds Field airport in Tyler.
Never a man to have only one job, he also began working as a deputy for his lifelong friend and
Cherokee County Sheriff, John Bill Slover. In the late 70s he got his real estate license and after
a few years Max, Frank Howell, and John Rosser opened Delta Realty on the square in Rusk
until late 1980. In 1981, with a strike looming by the air traffic controller’s union, Max retired in
February just before the strike began. On March 1, 1981 he opened Max Thomason Bail Bonds
which is still operating 42 years later.
In his spare time, he raised cattle, grew hay, worked his farm, and enjoyed spending time with family and raising rat terrier (spot dog) puppies.
Max is preceded in death by infant daughter Marsha Thomason. He is survived by his wife
Marjorie Thomason; son David Thomason; daughters Patsy Kay “PK” Thomason, Sandra
Thomason, Linda Edison; and adopted son Randy Jones. Grandchildren Lindsey & Fred
McDaniel, Lukas & Brittany Thomason, Amanda Reynolds & Jeremy Middleton, Jonathan &
Cera Reynolds, Joshua Jones, Emily & Cade Wilkerson, Jessica & Michael Clater, and Brianna
Dallas & Taylor Bingham, Nick Thomason & Zach Thomason. Great-grandchildren include Abby
& Hadlee McDaniel, Aubree & Allie Reynolds, Sutton & Coast Wilkerson, Birdie Thomason,
Cody & Waylon Middleton and Conner “Little Buddy” Deaton and 2 more due in the next few
months. Siblings John & Faye Thomason, Nancy & Howard Nesselhauf. Nieces & nephews
Michael & Rachael Thomason, Bryan & Trisha Thomason, Laura & James Cartier, Leslie & Josh
Coates, Lacey & Kenley Dover, and 6 great nieces.
A very special thank you to Amanda Reynolds who went above and beyond granddaughter duties,
always with a smile on her face and love in her heart while helping to care for him the last few
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
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