Dave Thomas worked in the Emory & Henry King Center. He was the Twelfth Man Award recipient in 1993 in recognition of his support of the Wasps football team. Thomas was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
The Twelfth Man award was named was named for Dave Thomas, its eleventh recipient, after the 2005 season. Thomas was the long-time housekeeper in the King Center, whose work ethic and dedication to Emory & Henry and its student-athletes was unmatched.