Thomas G. Lopez., Jr., of Waco, passed away July 19, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday July 26th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at OakCrest Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 p.m..
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Thomas was born November 13, 1941 in Waco, Texas to Tomas and Jesusa (Gonzalez) Lopez. He was raised by his grandparents Louis and Anastasia Gonzalez in Bruceville-Eddy. He graduated from Bruceville-Eddy High School in 1961, where he was a member of the football team and Future Farmers of America. He joined the National Guard from 1960 to 1964 and was a member of the Army Reserve in 1965.
On October 27, 1962, he married the love of his life, Mary Rosas, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He worked for the Texas Highway Department and after leaving, he founded A-1 Janitorial and Carpet Cleaning and A-1 Striping and Pavement, where he served Waco and surrounding cities for over fifty years.
Thomas was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Louis Catholic Church.
Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother, Johnny Lopez and sister Frances Edge.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary R. Lopez; sons, Albert T. Lopez and wife Lydia, Vincent T. Lopez and wife Amy, Alfred T. Lopez and wife Ivette, and Ralph T. Lopez, all of Waco. Grandchildren; Elizabeth Lopez Escamilla and husband Abel of San Antonio, Michael Lopez, Alijah Lopez, Catherine Garcia and husband Manuel, Lisa Lopez and Gianna Lopez; one great-grandson, Manuel Garcia, Jr.
He is also survived by his siblings: Raymond Lopez and wife Mary, Luis Lopez and wife Isabella, Richard Lopez and wife Juanita Criado, Teresa Almanza, Carlos Lopez and wife Cindy, Robert Lopez and wife Janie, Alice Rodriguez and husband Vincent, and Arthur Lopez; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and close friends.
Pallbearers are; Albert T. Lopez, Vincent T. Lopez, Alfred T. Lopez, Manuel Garcia, Abel Escamilla, Joe Eddy Alonzo, Arthur Lopez, and Daniel Gonzalez. Honorary pallbearers are; David Lopez and Ralph T. Lopez.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff, doctors and nurses at Baylor Scott and White I. C. U.