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Visitation for Faye Elizabeth Thomas will be held Friday, November 24, 2017, from 5:00 till 7:00 p.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Toomsuba Presbyterian Church with Reverend Lane Townsend officiating. Burial will be at Toomsuba Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Thomas, 65, of Toomsuba, went home to be with her Savior and Lord on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. She was a beloved wife, mother, Mimi, sister, and friend, and she will be greatly missed by the family and friends she loved so well during her lifetime.
Born January 15, 1952, she was the daughter of Myrtle (Truelove) and James A. Noland. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Kenneth O. Thomas; her son Kenneth R. Thomas and his wife Rachel of Starkville; brother, Jim Noland and his wife Gina of Bartlesville, OK; sisters, Martha Herndon and her husband Jack, of Eutaw, AL, Bobbi Calmes and her husband Greg of Sammamish, WA, and Judy Hogue of Little Rock, MS; four grandchildren, Newt, Katie, Houston, and Jane Thomas of Starkville; sisters-in-law, Dollie Jean Cottrill of Blacksburg, VA, and Janet Salvo and her husband Edgar, of Hertford, NC; brothers-in-law, John Thomas and wife Jo, of Toomsuba, and Rob Thomas and his wife Rhonda of Lauderdale; and special cousin Gerald Noland and his wife, Billie, of Caledonia, MS, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Freddy Thomas, and we rejoice that they are now reunited in Heaven.
As a young girl, Faye attended Cuba School and was President of her senior class at Northeast Lauderdale High School in 1970. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Home Economics and received her Masters degree from Mississippi State University. On August 3, 1974, she married Kenny Thomas and together they raised two boys. She taught home economics and early childhood development in the Lauderdale County school system for over 30 years where she loved her students, rarely forgetting their names or faces even years later. She retired from Northeast Lauderdale in 2004 to begin her new job as doting Mimi to her grandchildren. As a mother and grandmother, she rarely missed a ball game, ballet recital, or Grandparents Day Program - always encouraging and supporting her children and grandchildren in all of their activities.
In the community, Faye was an active member and elder of Toomsuba Presbyterian Church. She loved spending time with the ladies of the Lauderdale County Garden Club. Her love and gift for gardening showed forth in her beautiful flower beds, potted plantings, and the abundance of vegetables she and her husband canned and put away each summer. She loved to cook for her family and friends, never allowing anyone to leave her table hungry. She showed her love and concern for others in so many tangible and intangible ways, never taking a thought for herself but instead looking for ways she could care for others. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and neighbors whose lives she touched, yet we are comforted knowing that she is now alive and well with Jesus.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children or Anderson Regional Cancer Centers Cancer Patient Benevolence Fund.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.
Published on November 22, 2017
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