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Deloris Adams Thomas transitioned from rest to reward on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 with her family.  Deloris Adams was born July 6, 1936, the only daughter of James Russell Adams and Lillie Bell Ponder Adams in Brooks County, Georgia.

At the age of 12, Deloris joined Monument Missionary Baptist Church. This church had a special place in her heart because her grandparents gave the land for the church.  She also attended primary school at Monument.   She graduated from Brooks High School in 1954 with honors as co-Valedictorian.  After graduation, she attended the famed Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama on the 5-year work-study plan.  She graduated from Tuskegee with a Bachelors of Science Degree in English Education in 1959.   In 1959, Deloris was offered a teaching position in the Brooks County School System.  She did further study at Albany State, Atlanta University, Georgia Southern, and Valdosta State College.  

Others have described Deloris as a beautiful soul both inside and out.  She exhibited those characteristics in every endeavor in which she participated.  Known for her stylish attire, articulate speech and inspiring demeanor, she became a role model upon her return home to teach.  In 1960, she married Frank Thomas, a fellow teacher.  To their union were born two daughters, Valerie Michelle Thomas and Tenjurie Valencia Thomas.  Although married, she continued to attend her home church Monument Missionary Baptist Church.  Eventually, she joined her husband’s church, Bethel AME Church where she served in numerous positions, Sunday School Teacher, Christian Education Director, Stewardess, Church Secretary, Quarterly Conference Secretary, Member of Ladies Auxiliary Board, Steward Board, Debutante Master Christian Commissioner, Women’s Missionary Society, Finance Committee Member and 4th Sunday Women’s Church School Leader. Further, she served as co-director of Bethel Community Development Center. She had the distinction of serving as the first female Steward Pro-Tem of the Steward Board.  She also served on various committees on the Thomasville-Bainbridge District and the South Georgia Conference of the AME Church.  

She was a member of Kappa Eta Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She served as Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and simultaneously served as Graduate Advisor and the 8th President of Kappa Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

Her civic and professional contributions include: Georgia Retired Educators Association, Brooks County Retired Educators Association, Democratic Party of Georgia, Brooks County Democratic Committee and Family Connections.  Deloris held many positions working tirelessly to promote vision and mission of these organizations. She received numerous awards, honors, recognitions, plaques and trophies for her service from her church, community and sorority.    Deloris received commendations for her work in voter registration from former Secretary of State Max Cleland.  In addition, she received commendations for her service and commitment to adults and children in her community from State Representative, Amy A. Carter, District 175.

Deloris worked 36 years in the Brooks County School System spending most of her career as an English teacher. She initially began her teaching career at the Elementary level, then Brooks County Junior High, thus ending her teaching career at the Brooks County High School in 1996.  Throughout her teaching career, her ultimate goal was to teach the whole child by nurturing the human spirit and developing them academically.   

Deloris was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lillie Adams and infant brother Alonzo Adams.  She leaves to cherish her precious memories: her loving husband and best friend of 56 years, Frank L. Thomas; two adoring daughters, Attorney Valerie Thomas Bryant (Darryl) and Tenjurie Thomas; three brothers, Deacon James Hubert Adams (Mattie) Valdosta,GA; Dr. Russell Lowell Adams (Eleanor) Suitland, MD; and Deacon Franklin Adams (the late Eddie Ruth Adams)  Baltimore, MD; two sisters-in-law,Rebecca Thomas Lee and Ora Lee Thomas; three grandchildren, Dedrek Louis Bryant, Valecia Michaela Bryant, and Vanay Markita Bryant; two first-cousins, Dr. Mildred Ponder-Stennis and Wallace Warren; two special cousins, Ella Mobley and Dorothy Denson; two special friends, Laura Chisholm and Beurena H. Wakefield;  two goddaughters, Attorney Jocelyn Chisholm Carter and Dionne Phillips; and special former student, Yolanda Thompson. She also leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives, former students and friends.

But first and foremost, she is a woman of God who believed you should …”let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify the Father which is heaven” Her favor scripture is  “Faith, Hope, Love, the greatest of these is love…” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Funeral Service for Deloris A. Thomas will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Bethel AME Church, Quitman, Georgia, Presiding Elder Patrick Brinson, Eulogist and Pastor Tim Lewis, Officiating. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery. 

Public Viewing: Friday, April 21, 1:00-8:00 PM and Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Family Visitation 6:00-7:00 PM Saturday, April 22, in the BTW Chapel. 

Professional Services entrusted to Blankumsee, Thomas & Wright Funeral Services of Quitman, Georgia.

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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Blankumsee, Thomas & Wright Funeral Services
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    To Valerie Thomas Bryant and family, I wanted to let you know that I am profoundly saddened to learn of your loss. I am praying for you and yours for healing, for peace, and for remembrance of cherished moments and memories ... Many years have passed since we graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law; however, I always think of you with a smile in my heart. Good friends are like stars illuminating the nighttime sky. They may not see each other all the time; but they are always there to offer support, kindness and compassion ... Please know I am always here for you and your family, my Friend ... May God Bless and Protect You, Always Sincerely, s/Sherri Sherri James Atlanta 4/21/2017
    ~ Sherri James   Atlanta, GA
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Mema, words cannot truly express how much I miss you. You were more than my grandmother you were my cheerleader , counselor, confidant, and friend. You always encouraged me and my sister, and always made us feel beautiful even at our lowest. I hope as I grow older, I become more like you and people can see the God in me as they did you. I still can't believe my beloved grandmother is gone. But I know now that you are in a better place. I love you and will cherish you forever. Until we meet again my mema, and ooohhh what a reunion that will be. With love forever and ever , your "Sugar Doll" ❤
    ~ Valecia Bryant   Valdosta, GA
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    My sincere condolences to the family. May you find strength and comfort through your loving family and friends and through beautiful memories. Please know that God is near to those who are broken at heart. ( Revelation 21:3-5; Psalms 37:11,29) I hope these scriptures bring you some comfort during this difficult time.
    ~ Ellie
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    To the Thomas family, I was a former student of Mrs. Thomas and I will always cherish the memories I have of her. She was there at a time in my life when I felt alone. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were both important people of my life. Although I have been out of school for a while now, I still treasure those little morsels of wisdom that she bestowed upon me. My prayers are with you all and I offer my condolences.
    ~ Tangela Freeman   Morven, GA