Valdosta Daily Times

July 5, 2013

Natha Lee “Madea” Thomas


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Pastor Natha Lee “Madea” Thomas, age 82, of Valdosta, GA, was born on January 17, 1931, in Lowndes County, GA, to Mrs. Hattie and Perry Thomas.

On September 19, 1952, she married her long time friend, Frank E. Thomas.  To this union, nine children were born.  

Pastor Natha was a very caring, giving, and loving person.  She was a missionary who did street ministry in the Hudson Dockett and Ora Lee West community for over thirty years.  Until her health failed, she pastored The Love of God Temple for forty plus years.  She was extremely fond and had a loving heart for children of all ages.  She was known as the “Frozen Cup Lady of Woodgate”.   Pastor Natha’s favorite saying was “Pray more and get closer to God”.  

Pastor Natha Lee Thomas, fondly known as “Madea”, was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 1, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her husband of fifty-three years, Frank E. Thomas, Sr., her children, Ester Pearl Thomas and Nadine Thomas, her parents, and one brother, McKinley Thomas.

Pastor Natha leaves her legacy of love and heart of giving to four generations: Her seven children: Earl Thomas, Sr., Calvin Thomas, Joy Lynn Thomas, Deborah Davis (Timothy) all of Atlanta, GA;  Rudine Miller (Charles) of Valdosta, GA; Frank Thomas, Jr., of Los Angeles, CA; and Dr. Irvin Thomas (Lisa) of Bowie, MD;  one sister, Pastor Marilyn Thomas (Willie) of Valdosta; and one brother, Johnny Thomas (Catherine) of Denver, CO; twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and one great great child; a God daughter, Marion Wells; a daughter-in-law,  Carolyn Washington; a best friend, Mrs. Beulah Thompson; and good friends, Evang. Susie Griffin and Bro. and Sis. Woods,  all of Valdosta.  Also, members of her church, The Love of God Temple, a host of other relatives and community friends, and many others whom she touched with her strong, God-fearing life and humorous ways.

Funeral service for Pastor Natha Lee “Madea” Thomas will be on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., from the sanctuary of Crossing Jordan Baptist Church, 1401 Cypress Street, Valdosta.  Dr. Ronnie Mathis is pastor and Bishop Clarence Wells will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Sunset Hill Cemetery.  Public viewing will be today from noon to 8 pm at Godfrey Funeral Home.  Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.godfreyfuneralhome.net.  Personal and professional services are provided by Godfrey Funeral Home, LLC.