The Shreveport Police Department is mourning the loss of the last retired officer who was hired before World War II began.
Jefferson Coles Thomas, 91 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Coles joined the Shreveport Police Department on August 26, 1941 and worked as a policeman until his country called on him during World War II. Coles then entered the United States Army Air Forces in December of 1942 and served overseas as part of the 881st Bombardment Squadron. He was later honorably discharged in December of 1945 and returned to his duties as a police officer here in Shreveport where he faithfully served the citizens of our city until his retirement in 1961. He was an assistant chief of police when he retired from the department. Coles then went on to a second successful career as chief of security at Universal Oil Products where he worked for another 22 years.
Coles leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Eulava Normand Thomas and three daughters: Eulava Helmka, Colette Thomas, and Rhonda Fazio. He is also survived by a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Rose-Neath Southside with graveside services to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Park East.
Coles was a unique, compassionate man who touched the lives of countless people during his tremendous life. He will we greatly missed by his family and friends.
From Shreveport Police Department