Avis Jeanette Loughridge Thomas, 96, of LaFayette, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Baptist Village, Waycross, Ga., after an extended illness.
She was born July 10, 1921, to the late William Benjamin Loughridge and Maggie Wheeler Loughridge. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of LaFayette, where she served for many years as Treasurer as well as assisting weekly in the church library. She was a retiree of the Bank of LaFayette and supported many organizations and causes during her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Emory Thomas; brother, Benjamin Ross Loughridge; sister, Betty Genelle Roberts; and daughter, Margaret Lynn Thomas Bennett.
Survivors include: son, William Stephen Thomas and wife Eve of Alma, GA; daughter, Avis Jeanette Thomas Rogers and husband Brad of Johns Creek, GA; son-in-Law Rowell Bennett of Rome, GA; sister Doris Charlene Potts, of Peavine, GA; sister in law Mary Alice Thomas, of LaFayette, GA; eight grandchildren: Bill Bennett and wife Lauren of Portland, ME, William Ty Thomas and wife Elyse of Lawrenceville, GA, Stephen A. Dubbberly and wife Amanda of Johns Creek, GA, Bradley E. Dubberly of Waycross, GA, Maggie E. Thomas of LaFayette, GA, Katherine Rae Thomas of Alma, GA, Andrew Thomas Rogers of Atlanta, GA, Sara Catherine Rogers of Greenville, SC; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lafayette, with Dr. Warren Moorhead officiating. Interment will follow in the LaFayette City Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Ty Thomas, Bill Bennett, Andrew Rogers, Bradley Dubberly, Stephen Dubberly and Glenn Gunnells.
Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Ellis-Walraven Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the church of individual choice.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.