Mrs. Mary Maguerite "Marge" Crump Thomas, 86 of Blackshear, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014, at Garden View Retirement Assisted Living.
Born in Bristol, GA on December 1, 1927, she had lived in Guam, Cuba as well as several states (Florida, California, Texas, Virginia) while being a military wife before moving back to Pierce County in 1977. Mrs. Thomas was a self-made business woman and was also a housewife. She had been very active in the community over the years and was a proud 3-time cancer survivor. Mrs. Thomas was a member of Patterson Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late James Madison & Estelle Crosby Crump. She was also preceded in death by her first husband of 44 years, James Leroy O'Connell; by her second husband, Col. Eldridge Thomas; by a son, James O'Connell; all three of her sisters, Ruth Bennett, Rosa Barrett and Mildred Crosby; and by two brothers, Ralph Crump and Hershel Crump.
Survivors include her son, Joseph B. "Joe" & Ranee O'Connell of Severn, MD; a step-daughter, Maureen (Kris) Bowers of Patterson; two step-sons, James (Janice) Thomas of Blackshear and Philip Thomas of Mooresville, IN; a brother and sister-in-law, Ivey & Mary Alice Crump of Yulee, FL; 13 grandchildren, James O'Connell, Janna O'Connell, Andiana White, Jeremy White, Jade O'Connell, Linda, Ashley, Brandi, Tamee, Lorie, William, Wayne and Shana; 2 great grandchildren, James O'Connell and William Bowers; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.
Visitation for Mrs. Thomas will be held Sunday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Thomas will be held at 11:00 o'clock Monday morning, January 20, 2014, at the chapel of Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
The family requests that employees of Garden View serve as honorary pallbearers. Please meet at the funeral home by 10:30 Monday morning.
Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home
659 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516
Phone: (912) 449-6626
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