Bessie Thomas, Kingstree

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bessie Ann Brown Thomas, 56, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House of Florence. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Herbert L. Jenkins, Sr., were held Monday, January 13, 2014, at St. Paul AME Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Elijah UM Church Cemetery of Kingstree. Ms. Thomas was born May 14, 1957, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late James Ed Brown, Sr. and Rebecca Cooper Brown Fulton. She received her formal education in the Williamsburg County Public School System and graduated from Kingstree Senior High School. She was a member of St. Paul AME Church, where she was a member of the senior choir and served as a missionary and stewardess. She was employed at Oxford Manufacturing for 15 years. She later became employed by Hemingway Apparel for 10 years. Survivors are: her husband, Willis “Rocky” Thomas of the home; two daughters, Shalonda Thomas and Latasha Thomas, both of Florence; one son, Dexter Brown of Kingstree; her stepfather, Ceazar Fulton, Sr. of Bridgeport, Connecticut; one stepdaughter, Beverly Greene (Jerome) of Kingstree; her maternal grandmother, Ethel Cooper McCullough of Rochester, New York; seven sisters: Minister Katherine Lewis (Willie) of Rochester, New York; Gloria D. Holmes of Moncks Corner; Pastor Roberta Britt (Vernon) and Carolina Cox, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Linda Chatman (Travis) of Salters; Etheleen McCray of Kingstree; and Susie Cooper (Jerome) of Miami, Florida; two brothers, James Brown, Jr. and Archie Brown, both of Kingstree; five grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

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