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Memorial Service

South Gastonia Church of God
Saturday September 23rd, 2017

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Thelma Black

Thelma Heavner Black passed peacefully in her home at 3105 Fraley Ch. Rd. on September 17, 2017.  She was born in and lived in Gaston County since October 1, 1946.   She was a loving soul sent down for all of us, especially those she considered family.  Thelma was preceded in death by her siblings Dorothy, Jonny, Paul, Billy and Bobby, and also by a Grandson, Jeremy. 

She leaves behind her siblings Joe, Jimmy, Russel, Donnie, Ed, Betty, Faye and Ruby; Grandchild, Kelly; and Great Grandchildren, Charles, Josie, and Jackson.

Thelma was as country as they come. She was a mother to more than just Ann & Joe.   Jeremy will tell you about that someday.  She was a talented painter and had a special gift with country crafts.  She had a passion for wild-flowers and anything else she could pick or transplant.  Nothing went to waste with Thelma.  She has climbed thru a briar patch to keep blackberries from going to waste.  She could squeeze a dime out of a nickel.  Everything was canned or jarred or put in a pie which she would have to give away because she had so many. Noone ever went without if she could do anything about it.   It seemed that her biggest joy was sharing with others.  Thelma never held on to much for herself  but always seemed to have everything she wanted.  She was as pure and giving as anyone here has ever met.

Services to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12:00 noon at South Gastonia Church of God with Revs. Bobby Gilley and Sam Barnette officiating. 

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I am so sorry to hear about Thelma. I had heard so much about Thelma from Sheila & Scott. When I finally met her I felt like I knew her. She was so much more than I ever could have thought possible. I wished I had more time to have gotten to know her. But that one meeting was enough to see what a wonderful giving person she was. She will truly be missed by all. My Deepest Sympathy to her Family & Friends.

Denise Treglia - Colchester CT Sep 22 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Black

Jackie McSwain Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Black

Larry Quick Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM

I wish to send my prayers and sympothy to Thema's family. I do not know if you all remeber me but I grew up in Smyre during the 50's and 60's. I went to school with most of you at Ranlo. Ed was a good friend while we were growing up in those wonderful years. The things that I recall was what a loving family you all were. My prayers are with you may God bless you at this time of sorrow.

Larry Quick Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have not seen any of my childhood friends in years I do think of you often. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult period in your life.

Debbie (Jordan) Herndon Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Black

Debbie Herndon Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM

I remember Thelma from Ranlo school and Smyre and I was so sorry to hear of her passing .My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Brenda Lewis Lovett Sep 20 2017 12:00 AM

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