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Thomas Bywaters

Thomas Bywaters

Wednesday, June 17th, 1953 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Thomas Bywaters was born on June 17, 1953, in Claremore, Oklahoma to Ida Mae Bywaters and Joe K. Bywaters. After losing both his mother and father at a young age, Thomas was raised by his sister, Sandra. Thomas attended Claremore High School. Home of the Zebras, where he nurtured his football skills and passion for the sport.

After graduating from high school, Thomas attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where he earned an Associate in Arts in 1973. In 1973, he moved to Las Vegas where he attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) to continue his education and play football. Thomas had the pleasure of being coached by his brother Clayton Bywaters while an athlete at UNLV. He developed a brotherhood with his football team who ended up winning a championship during his time at UNLV. In 1978, Thomas earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from UNLV.

It was at UNLV that Thomas met his wife Beverly Grayson Bywaters. They were married in 1983.

Right after college, Thomas started his teaching career in Panaca, NV and then relocated to Pahrump. Thomas' long teaching career with the Clark County School District started at Basic High School and continued and ended at Rancho High School. Thomas taught for over 26 years at Rancho High School. At Rancho, Thomas, better known as Coach Bywaters, had the tremendous and fulfilling job of coaching football and soccer. He truly loved his students and athletes. You could often find Coach Bywaters ensuring that his students had turkeys to take home to celebrate with their families. Students were impacted by Coach Bywaters' love for life, wisdom, and motivation. His classroom was always filled with students who needed a place for calm and serenity. Coach Bywaters was the advisor for the Black Student Union and known to go all out for is students.

Thomas Bywaters was a member of Victory Missionary Baptist Church and active in the Children's Ministry. He really enjoyed sharing his teaching skills to young people and teaching about Christ. He was also influential in reorganizing the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators in 2010. As a member, he supported the mission to ensure that Black children received a quality education.

Thomas was a family man and absolutely loved his family. His first born son, Darrin Robertson lived in Las Vegas for a short time and eventually moved back with his mother. Thomas and Beverly could often be found on the soccer field supporting their children, usually running back and forth from field to field to support each one. There was no bigger fan than Thomas. He loved to watch his children participate in sports and often coached from the sidelines.

In 2015, Thomas reconnected with his son Darrin, and the family was complete. There are no words to express the gratitude and excitement felt.

Thomas represents all that the community needs. He valued service and giving back. He loved life and always believed that nothing was impossible. You could count on Coach Bywaters to let you know, "If you think negative, then negative will happen." His motivational speeches and encouragement will be missed.

On Monday, September 14, 2020 Thomas went home to be with the Lord. Proceeding him in death were his parents, Ida Mae Bywaters and Joe K. Bywaters, and his brothers and sisters; Corine Simon, Daniel Bywaters, Mary Bywaters, Clayton Bywaters, and Myrna Jackson.

Thomas Bywaters leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Beverly Grayson Bywaters, three sons; Darrin Robertson, Omar Bywaters and Jelani Bywaters, two daughters; Kamilah Bywaters and Zakiya Bywaters, one sister; Sandra (Leroy) Johnson, three brothers; Joe (Kathy) Bywaters, William Ray Bywaters and John E. (Teresa) Bywaterss; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Thomas Bywaters will always be in our hearts, guiding and showing us the way.



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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:45am
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    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 10:00am - 11:45am
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 12:00pm
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    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 12:00pm
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Vanesha Bailey

Posted at 10:08pm
Bywaters was always such a light and full of life! He inspired me to always play hard and leave everything on the soccer field. Whether I was playing with or against Kamilah, he was always so encouraging. As we grew up and into adults, he continued to push us to be great. My sincere condolences are with your family. You will be in my prayers. I wish you peace and comfort during this time. His legacy lives on through you all.
 
KB

Kamilah Bywaters Posted at 12:07am

Thank you Vanesha! When we were looking through my dad's papers, he had a paper that was from you and your family about sending you off to college. He saved everything girl. Love you dearly. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers.
MB

Mike and Val Bailey

Posted at 05:58pm
Beverly so sorry for your loss! By was a good and true friend. It was like we all grew up together at UNLV. He will be missed.
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Irma

Posted at 12:53am
I remember how he would inspire the kids not to give up, to try harder and do the best they could. Enjoyed talking to him and consider it a blessing in my life to have known him.
 
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Kamilah Bywaters Posted at 08:43pm

Thank you so much Irma for sharing this memory. It means so much to us.
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C. Washington

Posted at 08:25pm
Family, know that we continue to keep you all in my prayers during this time of loss. It was wonderful to hear the impactful stories from the lives that Thomas touched as a Husband, Father, Coach, Teacher, and a friend. It is clear of the impression he has left on you by your actions and decisions in life; continue to keep his legacy alive. Love you dearly!

Cousin Clifton and family
 
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Kamilah Bywaters Posted at 08:45pm

Thank you Clifton and family for sending love our way. We really appreciate it.
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Big Mike

Posted at 05:15pm
I remember in 1994 i was on my to sign my Daughter up for Soccer i was across the grass towards The office
and i heard someone say" I WANT YOUR DAUGHTER ON MY TEAM". I LOOK AROUND AND SEEN HIM WALKING FAST TOWARDS ME, DIDN'T NO HIM AT ALL. THEN OUR RELATIONSHIP TOOK OFF AT THAT TIME.
 
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Kamilah Bywaters Posted at 08:47pm

That's exactly what dad would do! He was always recruiting somebody. Thank you for sharing this memory. It means so much to us.
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