Rhett “Monk” Thomas was born February 27, 1955 to Melba and Jr. Thomas in Crossett, AR. He had an older brother Rank, older sister Cynthia and twin brother Brett. He was the baby of the family. Monk grew up terrorizing Ashley County on his bicycle with his siblings and cousins, they were thick as thieves to hear him tell it. In high school he ruled the football field for the Crossett Eagles, even making All State if you can believe that. Later as a young adult, he rode bareback all over the south, causing a ruckus in every small-town rodeo there was. He followed in his uncle Harris’ footsteps, and started his career as a boilermaker. His work took him all over the world. According to him, he has worked in every nuclear powerhouse there is and let’s never forget...he is a WELDING GOD! On his travels he met his now ex-wife Cindy and they had two children. He dragged them all over the country as well for work. He was an attentive Dad, spending his summers off teaching Megan and Canon how to ride a bike, throw a proper spiral, hunt, fish, golf, and drive a stick shift down a dirt you at an incredibly young age! If you were one of the kids’ cousins or friend, its more than likely he taught you to ski, and got you to dive the boat for him, so he could get back there and slalom. Later in life, Monk moved to South Louisiana, where he fell in love with the culture and the people. If you saw him, he was probably barefoot (because he probably left his shoes at the bar), wearing a tank top, and drinking a Budweiser with a big grin on his face. “You good?” he’d say. Monk lived his life to the fullest, enjoying every moment and never meeting a stranger. If you needed a hand, he was always the first one there. He even let a homeless guy down on his luck stay with him for a while! He was the one of the funniest, most generous, good hearted, loving, nonjudgmental guys around. His biggest pride and joy in life were his grandchildren: Colin, Cammy, Holden, Ruby, Clint, and McKenzie. He couldn’t wait for Colin to turn 16 so he could drive him to Manny’s...a tipsy taxi in the making! Holden and Cammy were his designated pancake makers. Lord knows he was not a cook! He will be sadly missed by all. In tribute to Monk’s life: let’s all live a little more like him, enjoying every moment and always helping your fellow man. We love you so much Daddy. Surviors include his children Megan Wheeler (Darren) and Canon Thomas (Amy); grandchildren Colin, Holden, Cammy, Ruby, Clint and Mckenzie. A gathering celebrating Monk’s life will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Cindy Thomas 222 Ashley 236 at 2:00.