Henry Lee Thomas

April 04, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Henry Lee Thomas, 57, of Brawley, who died of a heart attack Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. Elder George Bell will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Thomas was born April 11, 1943, in Okmulgee, Okla. He moved to the Imperial Valley in 1957 and graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1961. He married Pearlie Mae Washington in Brawley on July 2, 1963.

He was a hard-working man, holding three jobs at one time, at Asia Café, Family Liquor Store and the city of Brawley, where he was employed for 37 years.

Mr. Thomas not only raised his own family but was responsible for raising his younger brothers and sisters, according to family.


He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Miles, in 1968; son McKinley Thomas in 1968; brother Willie D. Thomas in 1969; and father, McKinley Thomas, in 1986.

Survivors include his wife, Pearlie M. Thomas of Brawley; daughters, Bertha M. Thomas Campbell of Brawley, Christine Thomas Fowlkes of Imperial and Janice Thomas of San Diego; sons, Henry L. Thomas Jr. of Brawley and Charles A. Thomas of Brawley; brothers, William Thomas of Madera, Stanley and Larry Thomas, both of Brawley, Steven and Ronnie Thomas, both of Bakersfield, and Charles Thomas of Pasadena; sisters, Earlene Evans of Florida, Clara Stanley, Joyce Thomas and Anita Scott, all of San Diego, Joann Thomas and Diane Lofton, both of Brawley, and Lawanda Moses of El Centro; 13 grandchildren, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Pedro Francisco "Frank" Mercado, 66, of Calexico, who died Monday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The reverends Edmundo Zarate of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Barry Vinyard of the Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Mercado was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Calexico, where he was known as Frank Mercado. He attended local schools and graduated from Calexico High School in 1954. He worked for Imperial Hardware Stores for seven years until 1961. He was a member of U.S. Army National Guard for 10 years and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Mercado started working for the Calexico Fire Department in 1961 and earned the rank of captain in 1965. During his 25 years with the Fire Department, Mr. Mercado also was a fire inspector. He was one of the founding organizers for the Imperial County bomberos training program and a lifetime member of the California State Fire Fighters Association.

Mr. Mercado was a founder of the Calexico city credit union, where he served as treasurer for 20 years.

During the years when his children were in school, he was active in Pop Warner football, Little League baseball and the Calexico High School Booster Club.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria B. Mercado of Calexico; children, Peter Frank and Yvonne Mercado, both of Calexico, and Gloria J. Nava of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Greg Anthony and Sonia Mercado of Brawley; brother, Joe Mercado of San Jose; sisters, Lupita Velasquez of La Quinta, Loli Torres and Maggie Goff, both of Calexico, and Anna M. Terrazas of El Centro; grandchildren, Joseph Anthony Mercado and Peter Jake Mercado, both of Calexico, Robert Joseph "R.J" Nava of El Centro and Greg Anthony Mercado Jr. of Brawley; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Faith Baptist Church at 2353 La Brucherie Road in Imperial for Kenneth P. Morris, 69, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Faith Baptist. Pastor Mike Myrick will officiate.

Burial will be in Pauls Valley, Okla.

Mr. Morris was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Corley, Okla. He retired after being a chemistry teacher at Central Union High School in El Centro for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1950 and then attended East Central College in Ada, Okla. and Central State College in Warrensburg, Mo., and received his master's degree in chemistry from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.

Mr. Morris taught five years at Brentwood High School in St. Louis, one year at an Indian School in Gallup, N.M., three years at Wilson Junior High School in El Centro and 31 years at Central Union High School.

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