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July 10, 2014

Mary Luella Spencer Thompson

THOMASVILLE — Services for Mary Luella Spencer Thompson, 92, of Thomasville, are at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Willowhead Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. James Huewitt of Simmon Hill M.B. Church in Dixie and Pastor Michael Johnson of Centenary M.B. Church of Boston, will officiate and interment is in Thompson Memorial Gardens in Boston. Pallbearers are Michael Ledford, Brett Ledford, Dillon Ledford, Christopher Wood, Terrell Hastings and Darius Waters Jr. Mrs. Thompson died July 7 at Archbold Hospital. Born April 6, 1922, in Dixie, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Charlie Rufus and Mary Jane Spencer. On Dec. 31, 1943, in Dixie, she married S. R. Thompson who preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1988. She received a bachelor of science degree from Albany State College in 1956 and a master of arts degree from Florida A&M University in 1963. She was an elementary school teacher for 29 and a half years in Brooks and Thomas counties. She was recognized as an outstanding teacher and named Thomas County Teacher of the Year in 1968 and in 1980. Her name is found in the publication of the 1975 Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America. In 1980, she was named among Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was a member of the Thomasville Retired Teachers Association and was recently honored as an emeritus member. She was a member of Retired Teachers Association, Concerned Citizens Club of Boston and Eastern Star. A member  of Centenary Missionary Baptist Church, she served as church clerk, Deaconess president, Mission Board vice president, Sunday school superintendent and associate pastor. Survivors include daughters, Mary T. Jefferson (Willis) of Thomasville, Dr. Sandra A. Ledford (Carl) of Louisville, Ky.; son, Sebastin R. Thompson of Thomasville; sisters, Gladys Barnes of Philadelphia, Penn., Erma Muldrew (Samuel) of Atlanta; brothers, Rev. Verner Spencer of Sumter, S.C., Russell Spencer (Odessa) of Atlanta; grandsons, Michael R. Ledford of Kenosha, Wisc., Brett L. Ledford and Dillon K. Ledford of Louisville, Ky.; granddaughters, Janet A. Jefferson Hastings of Jacksonville, Fla., Vernique C. Jefferson of Stockbridge, Alexandra R. Wood of Louisville, Ky., Sadavia R. Williams, Catherine Thompson of Moultrie, Clara Thompson of Harlem, Janiqua Mitchell of Valdosta, Shianne Thompson of Thomasville; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Public visitation is from noon to 4 p.m., today at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour on Saturday at the church with no viewing after the eulogy. The family will receive friends at Centenary M.B. Church, Grooverville Road, Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m., today. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

 

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