Clinton and Phyllis Thomas

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Clinton Benjamin Thomas was born September 28, 1930 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Benjamin and Lucinda Thomas. He died April 21, 2007 at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clint graduated from Johnson Bible College in 1955. He felt the call to the Amazon Valley of Brazil and worked there with his wife, Phyllis, for over 40 years. Clint was a machinist and a gunsmith. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.

Bill Loft recruited Clint and Phyllis, as well as others, to serve in the Amazon Valley. Clint and Phyllis were the only ones to go and actually stay! Phyllis was resistant to go at first, but, because of her love for the Lord and for Clint, she went. Clint and Phyllis pioneered work in Urucara, Brazil, which is only accessible by boat. There were no doctors, no electricity, no running water and no wells at that time. Although Clint's medical knowledge was not from any professional training, he was able to use the knowledge he gained from his mother, who was a registered nurse, and assist the numerous medical needs of the people of Urucara.

Clint was affectionately known as the "Father of the Town" by the people of Urucara. He was also known as "The Man with the Tie." No one else in Urucara ever wore one, not even the highest government officials. When a fellow missionary was coming to visit Clint and Phyllis, he asked how he would be able to find him when he arrived. Clint simply said, "Look for the man with the tie on!" They had never seen him without one.

Clint is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phylis, sons Timothy Benjamin Thomas, Theodore Andres Thomas and wife Denise, and Thomas Joel Thomas and wife Jacirene, as well as seven grandchildren.