Thomas, “The Boy” was born in Waco, Texas to Thomas Douglas Debolds, Sr. and Maxine Henderson. He attended Randolph High School and graduated from La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas. Enlisted and served honorably in the U.S. Navy and re-enlisted in the Army Reserves. Was employed at the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles, California Civil Service GS-7 position. Father of Esther and Thomas Green-Debolds of Los Angeles-Compton, California.