“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”
~II Timothy 4:7
Mrs. Earline Frances Thomas Wilhite, daughter of the late Reverend Milligan Thomas, Sr. and Mrs. Jessie Capers Thomas, was born October 17, 1926 in Orangeburg County. She quietly transitioned from this earthly life on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 6:18pm at The OAKS, Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Earline joined Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church at an early age where she served as a member of the Youth Choir and other youth organizations.
Earline was educated in the public schools of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Upon moving to New York in the late 40’s she joined Salem AME Church in Manhattan, New York. There she affiliated with the Ushers Ministry. Earline was a Domestic Engineer for several families in New York. While working in New York she met and married the love of her life, the late Richard Wilhite.
After retirement Earline and Richard relocated to Orangeburg, South Carolina. Earline rejoined her beloved Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church. She was named Mother of the Church May 2021. TO GOD BE THE GLORY! She continued working as a Domestic Engineer for families and she enjoyed working as a Senior Companion for OCAB Community Action Agency. Earline enjoyed sewing and entertaining her family for holidays and cooking her special dishes. She loved her family, especially her nieces and nephews; none of them could do no wrong!
Earline was blessed to be the last Thomas sibling to be called home to be with her sisters and brothers. She was also preceded in death by her only daughter, Judith Elaine Thomas.
Earline was loved and admired by many. Her rich and blessed legacy will be cherished by her family and friends. Fond memories shall always be lovingly remembered by her dedicated and devoted nieces, nephews, neighbors, other relatives, and friends.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Monday, July 26,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home from 2:00pm until 7:00pm.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 27,2021 at Belleville Memorial Gardens beginning at 12:00pm. All those attending must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.
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