January 5, 1954 - November 26, 2021
Mary Katherine “Rita” Thomas was born on January 5, 1954, in Moscow, Tennessee to the late Wyatt Williams and Alice Mays. She was the youngest of twelve children. She departed this life on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. At an early age she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized in Fayette County, Tennessee. She moved to Chester County in the early 1970’s. and at that time she met and married the late Harvey Lee Taylor and to this union one child was born. She later met and married James “Jimmy” Thomas, and together they raised three children. She became a member of the Beech Springs Baptist Church. At Beech Springs she was an usher, lead the children’s program, Sunday School and helped maintain the Church. She was a dietitian for thirty plus years and retired from the Henderson Health & Rehab Center in 2020. She enjoyed gardening, eating pecans, sunflowers, pearls, cooking, church, and attending her grandchildren sports events. She got the most joy from having a house full of children. She was everyone’s “Granny”. She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings: Willie Harris, Bernice Strickland, Mary Trotter, Odell Williams, John O. Williams, Clarence Williams, Jr., Obie Williams, Claxter Williams and Earlie B. Williams. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband: James “Jimmy” Thomas; children: Celeste (Donald) Genes, Brian (Ginny) Thomas, Jarris (Latosha) Thomas; honorary children: Melinda (Randy) Jones Moten and Willette Thomas; two sisters: Sally “Sookie” Cawthon and Dorothy “Dot” (Walker) Mason; grandchildren: Sacha (Britten) Trice, Cami (Tremaine) McKinney, Cameron Taylor, Heaven (Hunter) Ross, Kaleb Thomas, Alayna Felker, Bryce Thomas, I’yonna McKinney, Jaeston Thomas, and Amiyah Thomas; great-grandchildren: Brendan Sims and Harmani McKinnie; honorary grandchildren: Chris (Cristina) Gilbert, Tyler Walker and Chevon (Alexis) Johnson; special friends: Bonita Croom, Sandra Patterson, Sherry Ross and Jannie Trice and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mary Katherine “Rita” Thomas was born on January 5, 1954, in Moscow, Tennessee to the late Wyatt Williams and Alice Mays. She was the youngest of twelve children. She departed this life on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Jackson-Madison... View Obituary & Service Information
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