Thursday, March 21, 2013 — Salisbury — Mrs. Hazel Deese Thomas, 87, formerly of Kannapolis, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Lutheran Homes at Trinity Oaks.
Born on May 11, 1925, in Stanly County, she was the daughter of the late James Crawford and Martha Wilhoit Deese.
Educated in the Stanly County Schools, she was a longtime member of Bethpage United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and sewing.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Troy Lawrence in 1973 and J.D. Thomas in 1992; sister, Erma D. Thomas; and nephew, Paul Scott Thomas.
Those left to cherish her memory are nieces, Joyce Thomas Compton and Sandra Thomas Wilkinson (Neal); nephews, James D. Thomas, Terry Thomas (Linda), Michael Thomas (Bobbie) and Randy Thomas (Brenda); and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 1:30-3 p.m. at Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove with the funeral at 3 p.m., also at the funeral home, with Rev. Duane Melton officiating. Burial will be at West Lawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Rowan Helping Ministries, 226 N. Long St., Salisbury, NC 28144 and Bethpage United Methodist Church, 109 Fellowship Drive, Kannapolis, NC 28081.