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Beulah Mae Thomas

d. May 13, 2020

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Private Funeral Service for Mrs. Beulah Mae James Thomas will be conducted 11:00 AM Monday, May 18, 2020 at Nazareth Apostolic Church, 622 Amherst Drive, Hartsville, SC. Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mrs. Beulah Mae James Thomas, the daughter of the late Ervin and Grace James was born in Darlington County on October 19, 1944. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, God in His Divine Love and Wisdom called home his daughter, Beulah Mae James Thomas from labour to reward.

Beulah a native of Darlington attended Darlington County Public Schools, where she received her education. She was a graduate of Butler High School Class of 1963.

Beulah confessed Christ at an early age, joined Kay Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Hartsville, South Carolina and was baptized. Several years later, she was affiliated with Church of God in Hartsville, South Carolina, where she taught Sunday School. She later fellowshipped with Nazareth Apostolic Church in Hartsville, South Carolina, under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Vera M. Davis.

Beulah was joined in marriage to the late William Joseph Thomas, Jr. They were blessed to raise four beautiful daughters.

Beulah was employed for many years as Nanny for the Cohen Family. Throughout her life, she worked hard to provide for her children and extended families.

Beulah was a loving mother; grandmother; great grandmother; sister; aunt; and friend to all who knew her. She was affectionately called The Lady with the “Million Dollar Smile”. Beulah always had a kind heart and gentle spirit. She enjoyed gardening and caring for her children. Her love for cooking brought many to her home and will always be remembered.

Beulah will be greatly missed by her family, extended family, church family, and friends.

Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Gracie James; her husband, Willie Joseph Thomas, Jr; and a sister, Jestean James Kent.

Beulah Mae James Thomas leaves to cherish her memories: four daughters, Wanda (Kenneth) James Dawson of Hartsville, South Carolina, Pamela (Jason) McCoy of Florence, South Carolina, Kesha Thomas Bonham of Upstate, New York, and Minister Benita Thomas of McBee, South Carolina; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles E. James of Hartsville, South Carolina and Henry L. (Modestine) James of Lamar, South Carolina; two sisters, Lula Black of Atlanta, Georgia and Deloris Jones of Hartsville, South Carolina; one uncle, Isiah James of Darlington, South Carolina; one aunt, Gladys Grimes of Brooklyn, New York; a special sister-in-law, Virginia (Harrison) Mitchell of Hartville, South Carolina; a very dear friend, cousin, and confidant, Lois Forte of Hartsville, South Carolina; a close friend, Mae “Mikki” Wilson of Florence, South Carolina; and a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives; and friends.

Please keep the family Beulah Mae James Thomas in your thoughts and prayers.

The family will receive friends at 1608 S. Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29550.

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