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Lola Thomas

God saw the road was getting rough, the hills were hard to climb. He gently closed those eyes and whispered, “Peace Be Thine.” The weary hours, the days of pain, the sleepless nights are passed. The ever patient, worn out frame has found “sweet rest at last.” God saw you getting weary, so He did what He thought was best. He came and stood beside you and whispered, “Come and Rest.” You bade no one a last farewell, not even a goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.

Lola Pearl Allen Thomas was born Jan. 28, 1921, in Sandy Hook, Miss., to Eugene and Mary Jane Allen. Lola was the firstborn child. Lola was joined in holy matrimony the late Fred Thomas Sr. on March 11, 1954.

Lola received Christ at an early age at Ford Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. O.D. Alford and the Rev. Edward Mark Sr., now under the leadership of the Rev. Archie McGowan. Sister Thomas was a faithful member. She worked diligently as a member of the Senior Mission. She sang in the choir and worked faithfully with the pastor’s aide for many years. Lola was a good person who was there to help anyone.

We as Christians all have a claim check. There are many things we can purchase with that claim. They are both spiritual and natural. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, Lola presented her claim check. She has fought a good fight, she has kept the faith, and now she shall receive eternal rest.

On the journey into eternity, leaving from the banks of Jordan, she leaves to cherish in loving memories one son, Fred (Debra) Thomas Jr.; three grandsons, Fred (Patricia) Mingo and De’Marcus and Kevin Boston; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Mary Jane Allen; one sister, Clementine Trotter; three brothers, Harrison Allen, Henry Allen and Robert Allen Sr.; and one great-grandchild, Sanayia Boston.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Family hour at Ford Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Sandy Hook will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at 11 a.m. Cook-Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.