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Mrs. Amenzerolee ‘Pennye’ Hill Thomas, 91

Graveside service for Mrs. Amenzerolee “Pennye” Hill Thomas, 91, who died Aug. 16, was held Aug. 21 at Hill Memorial Gardens in Hazlehurst with Dr. Vivian Woodruff Nesby, Pastor Reginald Cordy, Pastor Eddie Harmon, and Overseer Elgin Lanier Dixon officiating.
Music was by Sheryl Burkett
Mrs. Thomas was born to Eschol and Onie Strong Hill in MacArthur Community, Wheeler County, Oct. 31, 1929. Her family moved to Hazlehurst where she attended Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Affectionately called Pennye, she attended Hazlehurst High and Elementary School, graduated from Holsey Institute in Cordele and Savannah State College, and became a teacher. She supported her husband, Ivy Jimmie Thomas, in his military career. She was an avid cook, gardener and seamstress, and was a true philanthropist.
She taught for many years at Copeland Elementary School in Augusta and retired after over 30 years. After her retirement, she devoted herself to the care of her mother and mother-in-law, Madie Thomas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers Lafayette Hill and James Eschol Hill; sisters Wilhelmina Hill Parrish and Mildred Hill Wilcox; and parents-in-law Leo and Madie Thomas.
Survivors include sons Gregory Dewitt Thomas of Lawrenceville and Wilson Bernard Thomas of Apopka, Fla.; sister, Carolyn Hill Mitchell of Hazlehurst; brothers John Edward (Mary) Hill of Atlanta, Robert E. Hill (Phyllis) of Hazlehurst and Glenwood F. (Betty) Hill of Fort Valley; sister-in-law, Helen W. Hill of Hazlehurst; brother-in-law, Charles Wilcox of Hazlehurst; special friends Dorothy Harleston and Geraldine Crawley, both of Hazlehurst, Harry and Leona Scott, and Joanne Berry Gaffney; godson, Kameron Dixon; caregivers Gwen Jackson, Karen McRae, Denise Wooten, Ann Wilcox, Rosa Roberson, Glenda Howard, Gloria Harris, Lee Ann Russell, Eloise and Reuben Kirby, and Amedisy Home Health Care; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Active pallbearers were Jurad Hill, James A. Hill, Charles Mitchell, Bruce Mitchell, Kelvin Hill, Reuben Kirby, Frank Givens, Watson Fluellen II, Glenwood F. Hill II and Robford Hill.
Honorary pallbearers were Gregory Thomas, Wilson Thomas, John E. Hill, Robert Hill, Glenwood Hill and Charles Wilcox.
King Brothers Funeral Home was in charge.

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