Thelma Phillips Thomas, 89, of Acworth, Georgia, entered eternal rest, surrounded by her loving family, on April 30, 2021. Thelma was born on November 24, 1931, in Gulf, North Carolina, to James and Rosa Jane Phillips, the youngest of eight siblings. She married her high school sweetheart, John Thomas, on August 5, 1951. Their nearly-70 years of marriage took them to Texas, Arizona, Delaware, Argentina, back to North Carolina, and finally to Georgia so they could be close to their only daughter and her young daughters when their son-in-law passed away in 1997. Thelma loved people, especially little children. She worked in banking for many years, and customers would often stand in line for her to wait on them even if another teller was available. She delighted in cooking and baking, and many felt her love through her food, especially the delicious array of Christmas goodies she prepared each year. Thelma will be most remembered for her radiant smile, the overflow of her joyful and loving heart, and for her unwavering faith. Though we will sorely miss her, we rejoice in knowing she's with our Lord and Savior and that we will see her again. Thelma is survived by her husband, John, her daughter Patsy Kuipers, her granddaughters Mary Kuipers David (Justin) and Jessie Kuipers, great-grandchildren Joshua, Lyla, and Emma David, her sister-in-law Margie Murchison, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Grace Covenant Church, 1032 Macland Road, Dallas, Georgia 30132, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 3 pm. The family will receive friends after the service. A funeral service will be held at Gulf Presbyterian Church, 1325 Gulf Road, Gulf, North Carolina 27256 on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 2 pm, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gulf Presbyterian Church, PO Box 206, Gulf, NC 27256, with Thelma's name on the memo line. Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta, GA is in charge of the arrangements, www.carmichaelcares.com, 770-424-4924.
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