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Nora Freeman Thomas

Nora Freeman Thomas

October 10, 1933 - February 13, 2020     Age: 86

Nora Freeman Thomas, 86, of Fernandina Beach, passed away peacefully at her home on February 13, 2020.  Born in Nassauville, FL on October 10, 1933, she was a lifetime resident of Fernandina Beach.  She was the fifth of seven children born to the late Emmett Maxwell and Nettie Little Freeman. 

She completed Massey Business College in Jacksonville, Florida after which she was an Administrative Assistant at Rayonier.  She was later a full-time homemaker following the birth of her first child.   As a child, she attended First Baptist Church where she continued as a faithful lifelong member.  There she served more than 40 years in Preschool Sunday School, many years in the Bereavement Ministry and was involved in various other areas of the church as well.  Nora was known for her quiet demeanor and for being a thoughtful and loyal friend.  Nora’s family was important to her and she especially treasured spending time with her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana.

Survivors include her children, Brenda McAllister (Guy), Jerry Thomas (Nancy), Tracey Winton (Steve); grandchildren, Hannah McAllister, David McAllister, Megan Thomas, Sarah Thomas, James Thomas, Amelia (Tyler) Edwards and Racheal (Justin) Ham; two great-granddaughters; sister, Sarah Arnold (Wesley) and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Vernon Lee (Jack) Thomas who passed away in 2006 and siblings Hazel Edwards, Leo Freeman, Powell Freeman, Lonnie Freeman, and Ruby Weeks.

Nora’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers and friends who faithfully assisted her over the last several years and recent months. Their service has been invaluable to us.   

Visitation will be on Sunday, February 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.

 Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach with Pastor Shad Goltz officiating.

 Mrs. Thomas will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund, 1600 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or Cat’s Angels, 709 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.


18 Condolences

  • Jackie Rushton Posted February 14, 2020 1:52 pm

    My Heart felt Condolence to all the Thomas family for the loss of Ms. Nora She was always such a kind lady to me, RIP Ms. Nora

  • Chris & Pia McKendree Posted February 14, 2020 5:24 pm

    Ms Nora was a special person. I’ve known her and her family since childhood and have only good memories of the Thomas’ . She is surely in heaven for she lived a faithful life loving everyone around her. Our prayers for the entire Thomas family.

  • Kevin & Sissy Drake Posted February 14, 2020 7:10 pm

    Brenda, Jerry, and Tracey, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God grant you His grace and His peace. While our hearts are saddened, we rejoice in knowing the best is yet to come.

  • Mona Theobald Posted February 14, 2020 8:18 pm

    Ms. Nora I will miss you so much. R I P Sweet Lady, heaven is a whole lot brighter. You have earned your angel wings. Godspeed. Prayers to your many family members. Love, Mona

  • Cynthia Rush Mercer Posted February 14, 2020 8:59 pm

    Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May you and your family be wrapped in the arms of God. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Tim and Pat Middleton Posted February 14, 2020 9:14 pm

    Ms. Nora’s sweet smile and gentle ways will be missed. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Charline & David McElroy Posted February 14, 2020 10:10 pm

    So, so sorry Brenda. Sorry we aren’t going to get to come. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers! Love & miss y’all always!

  • Pam Bell Posted February 14, 2020 11:52 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Nora’s passing. I always loved seeing Nora at church and will miss her greatly. Such a sweet lady and so very friendly always. Praying for all of her family.

  • Suzanne Willis Posted February 15, 2020 7:51 am

    Lifting your family in prayer during this time. May God’s love and comfort surround you. Loved your sweet mom – she will be missed.

  • Shan Gaskin, niece Posted February 15, 2020 8:11 am

    Aunt Nora was a sweet and quiet lady. I have many childhood memories of her. I know she is in the arms of Jesus. Thanks be to our Father, she is not an angel, but a child of God who has joined her husband, parents, and siblings.. if we, who remain, know Jesus ,, we will join her in heaven for an eternity.

  • June Grose Posted February 15, 2020 9:51 am

    The loss of precious Nora will be difficult for each of you but my prayer is
    For comfort and peace that our LORD provides!

  • Gail Lee Posted February 15, 2020 7:35 pm

    I spent lots of time with Nora on Youth trips for our First Baptist Youth back many years ago. Loved her dearly Praying for your sweet family !.

  • Terry Batten Cook Posted February 15, 2020 7:36 pm

    Brenda and family,
    So sorry to hear of your sweet mothers transition into her Heavenly home. My thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace which only comes from our heavenly Father. Cherish your memories.
    Terry Batten Cook
    Douglas, Ga

  • Lynn Hendrix Posted February 15, 2020 10:46 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy is extended to the Thomas, McAllister, Winton, Tyler, and Ham families. My prayers for you are that our heavenly Father will lavish you all with His love, peace and comfort now and in the difficult days ahead. Your mom (Nana) will always be remembered with much love, admiration, and fondness. She was a special and precious lady to John and me. I love your family and John and I loved his sweet, lovely Aunt Nora very much. My wonderful memories of her will live on and on as long as I live….such warm ones. Lynn Hendrix

  • Stanley R Lemacks Posted February 16, 2020 8:15 am

    Sorry to hear of Nora’s passing. Always looked forward to speaking with her at church. She touch a lot of lives over the years.

  • Bunny Smithson-Solomon (Amelia Hair Salon) Posted February 16, 2020 4:33 pm

    What a lovely Lady, it was my pleasure to meet her 17 years ago at the Amelia Hair Salon where I worked. I use to tease her and say Nora get under that dryer or you will be here for two more hours. She will be missed by all those who new her. May God bless and keep you in his loving arms Nora.

  • Jim & Jerrie Moore Posted February 17, 2020 9:32 am

    Jerry, Brenda, & Tracey, your mom was a lovely lady. Life well lived. She was blessed with caring children. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of family.

  • Jack Campbell Posted February 17, 2020 11:09 am

    Tracey and Steve, my prayers and Christian sympathies, go out to both of you and all of your family.

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