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Clara Juanita Thomas

Clara Juanita Thomas, a faithful servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was called home on the morning of Aug. 19, 2019. She celebrated her 86th birthday two days prior surrounded by family and friends.

Juanita was born on Aug. 17, 1933, to Shelton Sebron and Clara Culpepper. The eldest of four, Juanita dearly loved her siblings, Virginia, Mary and Shelton Sebron Jr.

On Dec. 20, 1952, Juanita married the love of her life, Jack Christopher Thomas. They had one daughter, Susan, who was the apple of their eye. Juanita and Jack were happily married for 52 years before his faith became sight.

A pillar of her community, Ms. Thomas was loved by all. She was an active member of Wesson Baptist Church and was a mother figure to many students at Co-Lin, where she was affectionately known as “Mama T.” She served at Copiah-Lincoln Community College for 42 years as dietician and campus hostess.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Shelton Sebron Culpepper Sr. and Clara Lee Culpepper; her husband, Jack Christopher Thomas; and her sister, Virginia Turnage.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Thomas Diamond; her son-in-law, Robert Leslie Diamond; her granddaughters, Jennifer Diamond Little, Jessica Alane Diamond and Julie Diamond Fugler; her grandsons-in-law, Scott Little and Blake Fugler; and her great-granddaughters, Holly Katherine Little, Mallory Ann Little, Vivian Claire Fugler, Kayleigh Grace Little and Lillian Faith Fugler. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews who affectionately know her as “Aunt NeNe.”

Condolences and other information are available online at www.riverwoodfamily.com.