Lillie Belle Thames • December 31, 2019



Mother Lillie Belle Thames was born January 6, 1934 in Frisco City, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Hubert, Sr. and Abbie Peoples. She moved to Pensacola later in life and retired from Holiday Inn after thirty plus years. She was a devoted member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church for 55 years. She had served on the Pastor’s Aide, Senior Choir, Missions and the Care Group Ministries.
She had a heart for service and giving. She loved her family, friends, pastor and church dearly. She had a passion for cooking, gardening, and planting flowers. She had a “green thump.” She enjoyed sharing with others and would give you her last. I’m sure most of you have had those famous sweet potato pies and home grown collard greens.
She was preceded in death by her son, Henry Allen Thames (Nay, Nay); her parents, Hubert Sr. and Abbie Peoples; her sister, Mary English; and her brothers, Claude and Hubert, Jr. Peoples.
She leaves to cherish her husband of 67 years, Willie Thames, Sr; two sons, Willie (Clara) Jr. Thames of Tallahassee, Florida and Reverend Gregory (Etta) Thames of Eight Mile, Alabama; three daughters; Ernestine Thames, Celestine (Jewel) McCorvey and Wanda Blackmon , all of Pensacola, Florida; one sister, Viola Rogers of Detroit, Michigan; brothers-in-law, Franklin English of Pensacola, Florida and Theodore (Maryland) Thames of Sacramento, California; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Murray and Shirley Thames of Pensacola, Florida, Minnie (Elvin) Stallworth of Harvest, Alabama and Ernestine King of Atmore, Alabama; grandchildren, Ronald, Ronda, Absalom, Akneanaton, Christopher, Carucha, Jewel III, Kesha, Tracy, Jejuan, Justin, Jessica and Tony; 24 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; special niece, Brenda English; special friends, Helen Madison, Mary Toler, Marie Rideaux, Christine Wright and Brenda Carey and many, many more relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 3pm until 6pm. A service will be held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 219 East Johnson Avenue Pensacola, Florida 32514 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1pm with burial to follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

  1. Gwendolyn McIntosh says:

    Sorry for the passing of your Mom. God bless all
    Of you and that you will have peace mercy and grace in the coming days.

  2. Bobbie Strong says:

    My condolences to the Thames Family.May you received peace as the Lord give each of you His comfort and the strength you need.In my prayers
    Classmate Bobbie Evans

  3. Herbert & Janice Brewton and Children says:

    Praying for the entire family that God will give you peace and comfort when you need it most. Mother Thames was truly a giving person. She would give from the heart, her kindness, her time and service. I can’t forget those potato pies and egg custard. Her presence will truly be missed and that smile is everlasting. Loved her from the moment I met her and Brother Thames after becoming a part of the St. James Church Family. They greeted me and my husband in love with open arms.

  4. Wanda Blackmon says:

    Thank you all for the kind words and acts of kindness. We appreciate you all. May God continue to bless you ❤️

  5. Patricia Gant says:

    Our Condolences for the passing of your Mom. She was kind and soft spoken. From our family to yours, she will be missed. We Love you. The Gant Family.

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