Fannie Longley Thomason passed away peacefully at her residence Tuesday March 27, 2018.
She was born at James Walker Memorial Hospital in Wilmington on November 13, 1928, the daughter of Henry Edgar Longley and Mary DeLean Ayers. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Henry Edgar Longley Jr., her childhood friend and husband of 63 years, Raymond Braddy Thomason, and a grandson, Raymond Braddy Thomason III.
She is survived by a sister, DeLean Longley Gardner of Wilmington; two sons, Henry Havens Thomason and Raymond Braddy Thomason Jr.; two daughters, Kirby Thomason Tyson and DeLean Thomason Brandon and two sister-in-law’s, Mrs. Henry E. Longley, Jr. and Mrs. Gilbert Thomason. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Navy Lt. Henry Longley Thomason, Jason Marsh Tyson, Caroline Tyson Cox, John Havens Tyson, Henry Culbreath Tyson, Richard Myer Thomason, Beaumont York Thomason, Joseph Green Brandon IV and Emily Elizabeth Longley Brandon; and five great-grandchildren, William Bradley Cox, Charles Hamilton Cox, Caroline Kirby Cox, Mary Louise Cox and Isabella Avelino Thomason.
Mrs. Thomason grew up in Wilmington and attended Fairfax Hall College Preparatory in Waynesboro, Virginia, where she graduated in 1946. She later attended and graduated from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
After moving to Fayetteville, Mrs. Thomason became heavily involved in civic, religious and philanthropic organizations. She was a member at First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville for 65 years. She taught Sunday school at the church with her husband, was vice president of Women of the Church, and served on the church’s decorating committee.
Mrs. Thomason was a founding board member of the Fayetteville College Foundation (later Methodist College) and was chairperson of the college’s first community fund drive. She served as president of The Junior League of Fayetteville and of the city-wide Parent-Teacher Association. She also served on the advisory board and as a general officer of the Salvation Army. She was founder and first chairperson of The Fayetteville Day Nursery, the first community-sponsored day nursery in Cumberland County.
With her husband, Mrs. Thomason contributed quietly and frequently to numerous charitable, political and religious organizations.
Mrs. Thomason will be remembered as a loving mother, a skilled decorator and a homemaker who loved flowers, cooking, reading the bible, reciting poetry and songs, and riding horses.
Mrs. Thomason’s family wishes to thank Mary Nancy Pearson and Helen Pearson Louis and their family, Mary Jane Slate, Rhonda Cranson, Paulette Woodell and Cape Fear Hospice each for their care and support.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2018, in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann Street.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000, or to the First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann St., Fayetteville, NC 28301.
First Presbyterian Church
Friday March 30th, 2018
102 Ann St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
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Wonderful memories of loved ones can be of great comfort when that person is no longer around. Such memories serve to keep that individual forever alive to us. We cherish such thoughts. Also knowing of the wonderful hope that the Creator provides can be of great help in coping with the death of a loved one. That hope is seen in the resurrection that Jesus, God's son, performed while on earth. he resurrected the son of the widow of Nain, the daughter of Jarius, and his beloved friend Lazarus. in each occurrence each person was resurrected back to life on earth and reunited with their families. the Bible at Romans 15:4 tells us that all the things written beforehand were penned to provide instruction and to provide comfort and hope. Yes our loving heavenly Father comforts and gives us the prospect of seeing our dead loved ones again. That hope has been instrumental in helping many to cope with the loss of a loved one. May it do the same for the Family of Mrs. Thomason. So sorry for your loss
Submitted by A Neighbor on Apr 4 2018 10:47:23 AM
The loss of a cherished loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are family and friends who care and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. God will comfort you during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are also with you and your family.
Submitted by Williams Family on Apr 2 2018 02:53:35 PM
Hello Thomason Family, I'm a neighbor living in the area.
Having heard of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post. I too, well know the grief of losing love ones, and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to cope with such losses, is the wonderful promise of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5 :28,29. I hope that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor : P.D.Walker.
Submitted by P.D.Walker on Mar 31 2018 05:55:56 AM
Edward Goins lit a candle for Fannie Thomason
Edward Goins lit a candle on Mar 28 2018 10:04:42 AM
My Deepest Sympathy for the loss of Miss Fannie God Bless you all, my Love during this difficult time She is in Heaven with Mr Raymond together again
Submitted by Edward Goins on Mar 28 2018 10:03:40 AM
So sorry for your loss but to know that she is happy in heaven makes it less painful may God bless and keep yall in this time of sorrow and give yall the strength to endure
Submitted by Larry Jackson on Mar 28 2018 08:27:19 AM
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