And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Psalm 55:6
Rosetta Richardson Thomas was born into this world on May 12, 1938 in Delight, Arkansas, to Foy and May Lee Gentry Richardson. Rosetta was raised with the nurturing and loving care of her grandparents Bone and Sylvia Ann Richardson. She was raised alongside R.T. and J.T. Richardson whom she loved and cherished as her bothers. At a tender age Rosetta confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized at Harrison Chapel Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Delight High School where she excelled as a student.
Having raised ten children she mastered cooking. She worked as a cook at Pike County Hospital for 15 years and later retired. She was a life member of Harrison Chapel Baptist Church and she loved her church family. She received her spiritual nourishment and inspiration in the church and learned how to be a servant.
Rosetta was always ready to serve; having served as President of the usher board, deaconess, and on the mother’s board. Those she touched and those who knew her witnessed her untiring love for God. She preached kindness, respect of self and others. She possessed a strong work ethic, gentle demeanor and subtle degree of sophistication.
To celebrate the Thomas family reunion tradition and heritage, Rosetta worked enthusiastically for the historical gathering. One of her greatest joys was spending memorable moments with relatives both young and old. Her legacy of family togetherness, hospitality and community will live on in the hearts of her loved ones and friends.
Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them". Rev 14:13. Rosetta passed into the Lord’s embrace on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
She was preceded in transition by her beloved grandparents, parents; her husband Jack Thomas; two sons, Eddie Dean Richardson and Charles Jones; her sister, Ruby Neal Jones; a daughter-in-law, Bunnie Dixon and a son-in-law, Willie Harvey.
She leaves to forever remember her legacy eight children: Billy Ray (Undra) Johnson of Colombia, SC, James A. (Beverly) Meeks of Delight, AR, Loretta Richardson of Los Angeles, CA, Howard Dixon of Gurdon, AR, Harry Thomas of Los Angeles, CA, Harvey Lee (Evelyn) Thomas of Hope, AR, Vera Harvey of Flint, MI, and Lorra (Michael) Whitaker of Delight, AR; a daughter-in-law, Trina Jones of Okolona, AR; twenty-two grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; one uncle, Clemon Gentry of Little Rock, AR; she also leaves nieces and nephews, other relatives, special friends Ollie Faye Richardson, Charlene Tolliver, Charlene Leeper, Ozella Leeper and Minnie Ola Furlow and countless other friends.
Public visitation will be Friday, Jan. 24th from 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
A home going celebration will be shared on Saturday, Jan. 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Harrison Chapel Baptist Church and Rev. Rufus Hatley will officiate. The interment will be at Harrison Chapel Cemetery. Bearers of the casket will be Leotis Snowden, Herbert Jones, Jr., Willie “Bob” Hunter, Claude Gentry, Ronald Glen Dixon and Winston Tolliver.