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Lizzie Ann

Lizzie Ann F. Thomas

d. July 11, 2023

Lizzie Ann Fulmore Thomas was the fourth child born to the late Theophilous and Minnie Eaddy Fulmore of Lake City, South Carolina. She was born and raised in Florence County; and she loved her hometown – the City by the Lake.  She was a 1960 graduate of Carver High School. Lizzie attended South Carolina State College where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1964.

Lizzie was an outstanding educator and taught for 30 years in the public schools of Florence County. Most of her career was spent shaping the young minds of 4th graders at Johnsonville Elementary School. Lizzie persevered as the only “Black Teacher” in the school for many years. She held leadership roles in the National Education Association in order to make the profession equitable for all teachers. In 1994/1995, Lizzie was awarded the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

In addition, Lizzie also shared her love for her local Church – Salem United Methodist Church. She taught and assisted with Vacation Bible School and confirmation classes. She enjoyed Wednesday night Bible Study and cooking with her “Kitchen Crew.”

Lizzie was a devoted wife and mother. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Ed Latson Thomas for 47 years and unto this union they were blessed with three daughters, Schenell, Scherell, and Schevelle.

Lizzie leaves the following to cherish her memories; her loving and devoted daughters: Schenell (Willie) Martin of Stockbridge, Ga, Scherell (James) McElveen of Effingham, SC, and Schevelle (Tony) Boyce of Piedmont, SC. Six grandchildren, Jordan (Alayna) Martin, Jalen Martin, Jamie McElveen, James Latson McElveen, Jr., Jillian Boyce, and Antonio Boyce. Two sisters, Betty Fuller of Hope Mills, NC, Veronica Fulmore – Darby of Brooklyn, NY; three brothers, Fulton Fulmore of Brooklyn, NY, Edward (Betty) Fulmore of Lake City, SC, and Anthony (Vanessa) Burgess of Quinby, SC. Four sister-in laws, Wanda Fulmore of Brooklyn, NY, Mildred Thomas, Marcia Thomas, and Delois (Shelton) Blount all of Effingham, SC. One brother-in-law, George (Thomasina) Thomas of Effingham, SC., a goddaughter, Katrina Brown-Bankins of Charlotte, NC., a special friend, Jessie (John) Cain, a Special daughter Kimberly Cain, and a special caretaker, Sybil Frierson. A host of endearing nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Theodore Fulmore, James Fulmore, a beloved sister, Loretta Fulmore, one godson Yohance McClain, and dear friend Lubertha Hines.

Please keep the family of Lizzie Ann Fulmore Thomas in your thoughts and prayers. 


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, July 14, 2023

5:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith's Funeral Home-Florence

307 S Johns St, Florence, SC 29506

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church

112 Deep River St, Lake City, SC 29560

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

Salem United Methodist Church

5814 Old River Road, Florence, SC 29501

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