Rachel Emaline Howell Thomas, 85, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, September 23, 2017, following a long illness.

Rachel Emaline Howell Thomas

A funeral service will be conducted on Monday September 25, 2017 at 2 pm at Killian Baptist Church with her son, the Reverend Robert Joseph “Joe” Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 pm at the church prior to the service. Burial will be on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 1 pm in Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery, 4167 Rocky Mount Church Road, Polkton, N.C.

Mrs. Thomas was born on August 13, 1932 in Burnsville, NC. She was a daughter of the late Zeb and Callie Mae Howell. She attended UNC Greensboro and Phiefer University. She was a member of Killian Baptist Church for 38 years where she served faithfully in the choir, children’s ministry, and women’s ministry. She was known for her care of homebound church members, her hospitality, and her outreach to visitors to her church. She was best known for her greatest priorities in life which were her devotion to her Lord and Savior and her love and care for her family.

She titled 1 Corinthians 13 as “My Chapter” and made it her daily goal to remember it always and live accordingly.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” who passed away in 2014. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Annie Laura Bullard, and brother, Tommy Howell. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her son, Rev. Robert Joseph “Joe” Thomas Jr. and wife, Norma, of Salisbury, NC; daughters, Emily Rose Thomas and Sandra Ann Thomas of Columbia; grandson, Robert Joseph “Bobby “Thomas lll and wife, Sarah Beth of Wake Forest.

The family would like express thanks to Dr. Brian Cline and Staff; Dr. Forte Jones and staff; and Amedysis Hospice for the loving care they provided during Mrs. Thomas’ illness.

Memorials may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship or Killian Baptist Church.

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