Leslie Virginia Thomas (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -Entered into rest on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Mrs. Leslie Virginia Thomas, 81, wife of Eddie J. Thomas for 44 years, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Jackson, father, Janie Lee Richardson, mother, and Jessie Richardson, stepfather. Leslie was born in Louisiana on June 4, 1930, and moved with her family to Texas in 1952. Surviving with her husband are five children: Karl Ray Walter, Dallas, TX, Jesse Glenn Walter, Augusta, GA, Barbara Jane Johnson, Augusta, GA, Linda (Billy) Gilbert, Stockbridge, GA; and James Patrick (Ria Giuliano-Thomas) Thomas, Brooklyn, NY, three sisters-in-law: Susan Annette Taylor, Augusta, GA, Mary Frances Johnson, San Diego, CAand Reva Howard, Tuscaloosa, AL; 12 grandchildren; 9 greatgrandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Leslie was selfless, eloquent, practical and had an amazing sense of humor that con, tinues after her passing, i.e. her beautifully orchestrated passing and instructions on how to best celebrate her passing. Those who knew her best are smiling as they read these words, for they know she is very pleased that we are doing this "her way". Leslie instilled in her family to claim their joy, nourish their passion, remain true to themselves in all things, and to love and laugh often. The Family will honor the request of Mrs. Thomas to be cremated with her remains being left in the care of her devoted husband. Family and friends of Leslie will gather to share fond memories of times shared with her on a date to be determined by her immediate family. The Family of Mrs. Leslie Virginia Thomas would like to thank everyone for all acts of kindness, prayers, and support during the many years of her extended illness. The Family of Mrs. Leslie Virginia Thomas would also like to extend a special thanks to the ER, 11 west and SICUstaff at DDEAMC for taking such good care of their loved one during the last hours of her life. Kinsey(s)and(s)Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta. (706) 790-8858 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com/obits

The Augusta Chronicle-September 22, 2011