BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Born on January 5, 1929, Ernest “Rockin’ Tabby” Thomas brought Baton Rouge swamp blues to millions of blues fans all across the world through his live music, his records, his Saturday afternoon radio show and, for more than two decades, his “Blues Box and Heritage Hall” juke-joint.
There at the Blues Box, Tabby entertained blues fans and influenced generations of blues musicians including his son, Chris Thomas King, perhaps best known from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Ernest “Tabby” Thomas passed away on January 1, 2014, four days shy of his 85th birthday.
Viewing and funeral service arrangements
On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Ernest “Tabby” Thomas will be laid to rest in funeral services beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Viewing is open to all and will be held:
Monday, January 6, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Desselle Funeral Home
263 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Interment will follow the funeral services and will take place at the Old Port Hudson National Cemetery.
“A Musical Celebration” open to the public
The Thomas family invites the public to join Tabby’s family members, friends and fellow musicians at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Manship Theatre, for ‘A Musical Celebration.’ The Musical Director for ‘A Musical Celebration’ will be Blues Legend Kenny Neal.