Frances “Kay” Thomas of Tangier Island

December 17, 2022

Frances “Kay” Thomas, 86, peacefully entered the presence of her Lord and Savior and was reunited with her beloved husband, Bradley Allen Thomas, Sr., on Thursday, December 15, 2022. A native of Tangier Island, VA, Kay was born June September 14, 1936 to Harry Lee Dise and Euna Frances Kelley Dise.

The true essence of a God-fearing woman, Kay devoted her life to the Lord and her family. Strong and often silent, she was careful with her words, but when she spoke, it was without judgement and full of wisdom. Kay took great pride in her appearance and never left home without her hair done and a proper outfit. As a lifelong member of New Testament Congregation, she rarely missed a Sunday service, attended all meetings, was a member of the choir over the last four years, and volunteered to help for all church functions. When Kay wasn’t at church, her priority was her family and nothing brought her greater joy than being surrounded by loved ones. As the wife of a tugboat captain, she’d spend weeks without her husband, but looked forward to the trips they took each time he returned. She especially enjoyed afternoon rides in the golf cart with her sister and niece, making several trips around the island and stopping for ice cream on the way back home. Over the years, Kay took in many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren without question or hesitation, and she cherished every single moment spent with each of them.

Kay is survived by her children, Bradley A. Thomas, Jr. and his wife, Joan, Donna Crockett and her husband, Will, and Joyce Crockett and her husband, Mark, all of Tangier, and James Thomas and his wife, Teresa, of Crisfield, MD; sister, Beulah Wheatley of Tangier; sisters-in-law, Ruby Dise, Mina Altizer, and Jeannie Thomas; grandchildren, Denny and Charles Dise, Jason and Timmy Thomas, Candice Daley, Scotty Thomas, Carrie Brown, and Jenny Parks; great-grandchildren, Alyssa McCready, Brandon, Kevin and Jaxson Thomas, Hallie and Tara Dailey, Gregory Parks, Madison, Makenzie and Caroline Brown, Collin and Lola Parks, and Austin “Perry” Pruitt; six great-great grandchildren, to include Evan McCready, who she adored; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Ida Turlington and Doris Crockett.

Funeral services will be held at the New Testament Congregation on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., with Elder Duane Crockett officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. There will be a visitation at the church Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Contributions in Kay’s memory may be made to New Testament Congregation Missions Fund, c/o Faith Charnock, P.O. Box 266, Tangier, VA 23440.

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Arrangements by the Williams Funeral Homes, Onancock, VA and Parksley, VA.

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