Norman L. Thomas
Norman Larue (Butch) Thomas, formerly of Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Elizabeth, was born Feb. 15, 1943.
He attended South High School in Salt Lake City; participated in amateur boxing, achieving the Golden Gloves Boxing level for many years and won the regional championship in the Middleweight division at the age of 16; earned an Associate Degree at Community College of Southern Nevada; and served three years in the Army, receiving honors as a Marksman and obtaining his Parachutist Badge. He was employed by Harrah’s, Jolley Trolley, Cannery and Eastside Cannery, all in Las Vegas, then relocated Caesars in Elizabeth, and was given credit for the development and implementation of “Let It Ride” table game. He was the CEO and owner of Bottomline LLC Table Game. He was a member of St. Paul AME Church in Corydon, where he was a part of the Men’s Ministry, Welcoming Committee and the BBQ ministry. Formerly, he was a member of Greater New Jerusalem, Victory Baptist Church and New Bethel Baptist, all in Las Vegas.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Louise Johnson Gant, and his stepfather, Tommie L. Gant.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Melchor and Codi Fernandez, and two daughters, Hope Fletcher-Porter and Jasmine LeMay, all of Las Vegas; a brother, Larry M. Gant; a sister, Jackie of Atlanta, Ga.; a god-sister, Delores Salters of Salt Lake City; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home in Milltown is handling the arrangements.