Robert Lee ‘Tommie’ Thomas was born August 1, 1923 in Miami, Florida and passed away in his sleep on March 13, 2005 at home in Mission Viejo, California. To friends and family in Florida he has always been Lee – to all who have subsequently known him, he has been Tommie – courtesy of the navy where you are known by your surname. With his parent’s consent he was underage, Tommie enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was part of the lend-lease program to Britain prior to America entering World War II. After the war, Tommie re-enlisted, put in a career, retired in 1964 and then started a second career in real estate and insurance. He and Joyce were married in 1963 and spent the next forty-one years between California and Florida. They left California in 1985 and moved to Florida for ten years, returning to California in 1995. In 1966 Tommie became affiliated with Bill W., and for thirty-eight years enjoyed the benefits of the association. Over those thirty-eight years, he would work closely with many friends of Bill W., both in giving and receiving. On their return to California, Tommie and Joyce became active members of Mount of Olives Lutheran Church. Tommie was a Bethel teacher and volunteer in several areas at church as well as volunteering in the Hospice of Saddleback Valley program for eight years until his health no longer allowed him to serve. Tommie’s life revolved around his family and church. Tommie will be sorely missed by his family and all those who had the opportunity to know him.He has left a legacy for ohers to follow. Tommie is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joyce; his daughter, Diana and son-in-law, Steve; his son, Les and daughter-in-law, Ellen; grandchildren, Brooke, John and Brian Thomas; sister, Jane and her husband, Dan; brother, Jack and his wife, Kathryn and nieces, Toy and Robbie – two of many loved nieces and nephews. Although his family mourns his death, they are comforted in knowing of his abiding faith in God, his love for Jesus and his Lord and Savior and his complete assurance that he would be in one of the ‘many mansions’ as Christ promised.