The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


September 19, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Sept. 19 2013



Betty Frances Thomas

Betty Frances Thomas, 92, of Coal City, died Sept. 12, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

She was the oldest of 10 children of the late Floyd Leonard (Slim) Thomas and Elsie Lee Ailstock Thomas, born on Oct. 22, 1920, in Mount Hope. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd L. Thomas Jr. and wife Margie and Jerry V. Thomas and wife Betty; and sisters, Mary Lee Thomas, Ruth Moreland and husband Louis and Helen Ritter and husband Roy.

Miss Thomas was an honor graduate of Collins High School, Class of 1938, Epperly Hill. She was the president of the senior class and the editor of “The Pirate,” the Collins High School yearbook.

She continued her education at West Virginia National Business College in Bluefield. She was a member of the girls N.B.C. basketball team.

After graduation, Miss Thomas began her career in 1942 working for Pocahontas Fuel Co. in Bluefield, Va., until retirement in 1984.

Betty enjoyed her retirement years by traveling with family, gardening, reading, canning, baking, hunting, playing cards and games with family. She treasured the history of her family and explored that history through genealogy and family reunions. She was a loving sister, aunt, and cherished friend.

Surviving: brothers, Johnny R. Thomas and wife Wanda, and Jack C. Thomas and wife Rosemary, all of Coal City, Bobby C. (Wheel) Thomas and wife Barbara of Oak Hill, and Jimmy P. Thomas and wife Connie of Oakhurst, Calif.; and 21 nephews and nieces, their spouses and children.

Funeral service was Sept. 14 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Dr. Bob Stoddard officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

The family requests donations be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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