Gattie Sims Thomas - Blackville

Mrs. Gattie Louise Sims Thomas, 84, entered into eternal rest at 10:06 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Pruitt Health North Augusta Nursing Facility in North Augusta.

She was born November 8, 1932 in Barnwell County, a daughter of the late Mr. Gaddis and Mrs. Mattie Harley Sims.

She attended Macedonia Public Schools and graduated salutatorian from the Class of 1950.

At the age of five years old, she joined Macedonia Baptist Church where she held the position of church clerk, trustee and various organizations. She remained faithful throughout her life.

She was a member of the following organizations: Past Worthy Matron of Pilgrim Chapter #7 Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Secretary of Williams Grand Chapter for the State of South Carolina, Heroines of Jericho, Ladies Knights, Daughters of Sphinx and Royal House. She also served on various church and civic organizations including: Blackville Civic Club, American Legion Post 253, Please Club, Eveready Club, Sanctuary Choir and Missionary Society.

She was employed by The Sunbeam Corporation for 19 years and served as Teachers Aide in the Blackville Public Schools for many years.

She was joined in holy matrimony to Mr. Charlie James Thomas on April 7, 1950. To this union eight children were born. Three preceded her in death: Beverly, James Allen and Ruth Evelyn.

Her outgoing disposition and love for her family will always be remembered and surely missed.

Survivors include: three daughters, Ms. Deborah L. Thomas, Mrs. Cynthia T. (Mr. Tony) Mole and Ms. Pamela Y. Thomas, all of Blackville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Eva (Mr. Daniel) Martin of Queens, New York; two adopted daughters, Rev. Beverly J. Ashley of Williston and Mrs. Annie J. (Mr. Ozzie) Thomas of Elko; two sons, Mr. Charlie J. Thomas Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Mr. An’Dino L. Thomas of Greensboro, N.C.; one grandson reared as her son, Mr. Carlen E. (Mrs. Tonya) Thomas of Blackville; one stepson, Mr. Jackie (Mrs. Sharon) Reed of Blackville; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred (Mr. Spurgeon) Godwin of Hampton, Virginia and Ms. Madeline Sims-Lodge of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one devoted sister-in-law, Mrs. Nettie E. Thomas of Blackville; three daughters-in-law, Mrs. Claretta C. Thomas of Winston-Salem, N.C., Mrs. Teresa Johnson and Mrs. Carolyn Johnson, both of Blackville; one stepson-in-law, Mr. Gary Wiseltier of New York, N.Y.; a devoted cousin reared as a sister, Mrs. Francina S. Hall of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 36 grandchildren; 56 great-grands; two great-great-grands and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

A service of death and resurrection will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Macedonia Baptist Church of Blackville at noon. Interment will follow at Hope Memorial Park Cemetery in Barnwell.

William Grand Lodge of Orangeburg will conduct its OES burial memorial services on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Blackville. Public viewing will begin at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friends may call at her earthly home and the funeral home.

Sacred arrangements are entrusted to the Dash’s Funeral Home of Blackville. The complete obituary may be accessed by visiting www.dashsfh.com.