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Lillie Mae Thomas White, a beacon of unwavering faith and familial devotion, took her final, peaceful breath on January 6, 2024, in Dothan, Alabama. Born to the late JB and Essie Roy Thomas on November 17, 1949, in Slocomb, Alabama, Lillie's journey began as a bright spark in a lively family of twelve siblings. Her vibrant spirit and the warmth of her heart were her gifts to the world, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Lillie's life was a testament to resilience and grace, attributes she carried from her youth through her final days. She attended the Geneva County Training School, where the seeds of her lifelong love for learning and community were planted. Her educational journey was not merely for her own betterment but served as a foundation for the wisdom she would share with others throughout her life.
As a dedicated member of Greater Deliverance Outreach Ministries and later at Bible Way Ministries C.O.O.L.J.C., Lillie's commitment to her faith was unwavering. Her involvement in church activities was not just a pastime but a core part of her identity, offering her a source of strength and a platform to uplift others. Even as her health declined, her spirit remained as strong as ever, inspiring those around her with her enduring optimism and trust in the divine plan.
Lillie's family was the centerpiece of her world. She was a loving mother to: Aneala Thomas (Kelvin) Beachum of Enterprise, Alabama, Benetha Thomas of Daleville, Alabama, and Tommy Cade of Graceville, Florida, a doting grandmother to eight, and a cherished great-grandmother to twenty-three. Her love rippled through the generations, each child and grandchild a reflection of her nurturing soul. Beyond her immediate family, Lillie's sister, Jewel Holmes, and brothers, Hubert and James Thomas, along with a multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends, are left to cherish the treasure trove of memories she leaves behind.
In the words of Maya Angelou, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Lillie Mae Thomas White embodied this sentiment, touching lives with her kindness, her laughter, and her steadfast presence. She was a woman who faced life's challenges head-on, never wavering in her conviction that every hill surmounted would reveal a new horizon of possibilities.
As we reflect on Lillie's life, we are reminded that our time here is fleeting and that the love we share is our most enduring legacy. She navigated the rough roads and steep climbs with a spirit that could not be dimmed, and in her journey's end, she found her well-deserved peace. Her departure from this earthly realm was not a solitary venture, for a piece of each of us soared alongside her on the wings of angels.
The legacy of Lillie Mae Thomas White is one of unwavering love, deep faith, and the courage to face each day with hope. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, let us honor her memory by emulating her resilience, her compassion, and her ability to see the beauty in every soul she encountered. In the words of Helen Keller, "What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Lillie's spirit will forever be woven into the fabric of our lives, guiding us with her eternal light, but her influence will continue to resonate through the generations. Lillie Mae Thomas White, your journey was a well-traveled path of love, and your story will be told with joy for years to come. Rest in peace, dear Lillie, until we meet again.