Eugene Thomas studied art at the Jefferson Community College in Louisville, KY, and the University Without Walls. He was also a renowned artist featured in several books, most notably in Who’s Who African American Profiles, and participated in art shows in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Louisville, and many other cities. Eugene was an illustrator for the Verdict Magazine in Brooklyn, NY. He loved working with kids and teaching them art, and he encouraged all young people to stay on the right path in life. C. J.’s beloved husband died in July 2014 due to a hemorrhagic stroke.