She was born in Fannin County, Ga., to the late Leonard Bert Patterson and Ida Ensley Patterson, and then her family moved to Conasauga.
She spent her early adult life in Conasauga and from there she met and married Browning Thomas, of Benton. She was a 1956 graduate of Polk County High School and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Ocoee.
As a military wife, she lived in Germany, Thailand, and Panama (Central America). She had visited many other countries such as Peru, where her granddaughter Amanda was serving as a missionary. She also had the distinction of flying over Vietnam during wartime. She had the privilege of riding elephants in Thailand in her 30s, parasailing in the Indian Ocean in her 50s, and sand boarding in Peru in her 70s. Her life was full!
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Rockford Patterson, Gary Patterson and Ralph Patterson; and sister, Evelyne Patterson Watson.
She is survived by her husband, Browning Thomas, of Ocoee; children: Cheryl Lynn Holloway and husband, Randall, of Ocoee, Carol Lane Edwards and husband, Keith, of Cleveland, Ramona Ann Jordan and husband, David, of Benton and Larry B. Bush and wife, Sandra, of Chickamauga, Ga.; grandchildren: Nathan Hixson of Cleveland, Keith Hixson and wife, Kendra, of Benton, Chris Ledford and wife, Amy, of Cleveland, Justin Ledford of Ocoee, Alex Kachold of Cleveland, Aaron Kachold of Chicago, Amanda Wells and husband, Jim, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Samuel T. Bush, who is serving in the U.S. Navy in California; great-grandchildren: Kallie Hixson of Benton and Kambree Hixson of Benton; and future great-grandson, Micah T. Wells, who is due Aug. 19, 2013; sister, Thelma Patterson Brewer of Delano; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at noon Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with minister David Qualls and others officiating.
Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 this evening at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Thomas family guest book at www.higginsfuneral.com.