Adams announces the passing of Ms. Anita Kelley Thomas, 74, who transitioned at her daughter's residence in Nashville, TN surrounded by her loving family.
"Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me" John 14:1.
Ms. Anita Gayle Kelley Thomas was born December 15, 1946 to the late Reverend Lamar Kelley and Sis. Addie Lou Haynes Kelley (both who preceded her in death). She attended started her early education in the Screven County School System, where her mother taught school. She completed her post-secondary education at Alfred Ely Beach High School where she graduated in 1964. She would later continue her matriculation at Savannah State College and earn an honors degree in Biology.
After graduation, she began her career as an educator in the Long County school system. Anita later went on to the Chatham County Public School System, teaching at John W. Hubert Middle School until 1997 and ending her 30 year career at her alma mater Alfred Ely Beach High School from where she retired in 2000.
Anita was introduced to Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church where her father the late Reverend Lamar Kelley was Pastor for many years. As a most faithful & active member, she served in a variety of capacities. For many years, she was the church pianist and organist, and sang in the Kelley choir as well as the Gospel Chorus. Ms. Thomas served as Children's Musical & Programs Director, Youth Advisor & Vacation Bible School and Sunday School teacher & supported the Hospitality Committee.
Music & education were major parts of Anita's life and she shared those passions with others by teaching private piano lessons to a number of children & youth throughout the Savannah area up until her retirement in 2000. Ever devoted to her family, she was also the chairperson of the Hospitality Committee and the Financial Secretary for close to 2 decades of the 50 year inception of the Haynes-Shipman Family Reunion.
On January 19, 2021, hearing our Lord and Savior say "well done thy good and faithful servant", Anita took flight and bid farewell to this life of sin.
Anita was preceded in death by her mate & companion Rodney Brown.
She leaves to cherish her memory: a loving daughter Tiana T. Reaves (Bernard) and one son (who was the apple of her eye) LaMonte’ Thomas both of Nashville, TN; two bonus sons Quentin Brown of Atlanta , Ga and Jason Brown ; one granddaughter Nardia Reaves (TN); a sister Betty K. Howell; a special cousin with whom she shared a sister-like bond, Brinda Garrison Baker; her last living Aunt Vernese Haynes Williams; two Goddaughters Phelicia B. Barnes and LaJeana Williams and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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