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Mildred Shelton Smith Thomas / September 10, 2018

Mildred Shelton Smith Thomas, of South Boston, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

She was a lifelong member of Scottsburg Baptist Church, where she taught children’s Sunday school for many years. She had a way of making a Bible story come to life. She also worked and led vacation bible school of Scottsburg for 47 years. She was a wonderful caring mother and wife. Her favorite things were cooking, reading, sewing, gardening and fishing. She was a devoted wife, who did restaurant duties at the former Thomas Lunch Room, in Riverdale, along with her husband.

Ms. Thomas is survived by her daughter, Peggy Gaines and husband John of Richmond; her son, Emmis Wade Thomas of South Boston; two sisters, Frances S. Whitt of South Boston and Livian S. Langford of Chesterfield and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmis Thomas and a brother, Irvin Smith and her parents, Willie Joseph and Flossie Hatcher Smith

Many thanks to the staff at The Woodview for their nursing and service. Also thanks to the Sentara Halifax Regional Hospice, there are certain times, “Angels” appear to provide hope and compassion.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Kermit Evans officiating.

The family received friends Saturday at Scottsburg Baptist Church following the service. Memorials may be directed to Scottsburg Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 85, Scottsburg, VA 24589.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Powell Cremation Services.

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