Bonita “Bonnie” Kendall Thomas, age 80, of Warm Springs, GA died Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at her home.

A native of Battle Creek, Michigan she was a daughter of the late Richard Dale and Violet Priscilla (Remender) Kendall. A third generation Seventh-day Adventist, Bonnie graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and married Gerald Andrew Woods and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where their first child Larry was born. Later they moved to Loma Linda, CA where their second child Kerry was born. After leaving California they lived in Lamar Colorado where she enjoyed gardening, canning, freezing, a variety of farm animals, along with some part time work. Three years later they moved to Manchester, KY where she worked for the hospital administrator. In 1980 the family settled in Elizabethton, TN, and she worked at the Johnson City public library. In 1987, after returning to school, she earned her Masters degree in Library Science at the University of Tennessee.

After graduating she took a job in Waycross, GA where she worked as a librarian. During this time she married Carl Wayne Thomas and they would eventually settle in Warm Springs, GA where she spent the last 25 years of her life. Bonnie worked for the Pine Mountain Regional Library System until her retirement. Carl died February 14, 2022, and Bonnie was adjusting to life on her own.

She loved her family and always enjoyed giving gifts. She loved fixing food that her family enjoyed (e.g. mashed potatoes for her son).  She was an avid reader and took up quilting after retirement. She would often spend time in the summers canning applesauce and freezing peaches with her daughter and granddaughter. She also loved her church family and was an active member of the Thomaston Seventh-day Adventist Church where she had taught childrens and youth Sabbath school and served as treasurer. Dogs and cats brought her great pleasure and until the recent death of her dog Roxie there were always dogs and cats at her house.

She was as genuine as they come and did not put on airs, a quality that she passed on to her children. She lived by the motto taught to her by her father, “If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”  She found strength in God and desired nothing more than to spend eternity with Him and those she loved.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands Gerry and Carl and numerous pets and grand pets.

She is survived by her son Dr. Larry Woods and wife Consuela of Tullahoma, TN; daughter Kerry Nunnaley and husband Robert of Carthage, NC; brother Ken Kendall and wife Sheri of Kendall, MI; grandchildren Venson, Amber and Lilly; and grand dogs Jack and Stella as well as several dear nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed by her family, church family, and some precious friends.

A memorial service will be 11:00 AM Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Thomaston Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Dean Read officiating.

A visitation will be held at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage on Wednesday, February 1, 2023  from 3:30 – 5:00.

Memorials may be made to Thomaston Seventh-day Adventist Church, P.O. Box 1033, Thomaston, GA 30286.

Services entrusted to Fletcher-Day Funeral Home and Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at PinesFunerals.com.

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Visitation: February 1, 2023 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home
402 Saunders Street
Carthage, NC 28327

910.947.2224
https://pinesfunerals.com/

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  1. Bonita, means beautiful and that she truly was, inside and out. I too enjoyed all her visits when she came down to visit her family. She had a smile that would light up the world, it did mine.
    She will be missed by us and look forward to that glorious day when Jesus comes to take us all home and live for all eternity.

  2. I am gonna miss Bonnie. 💔 I was looking forward to seeing her this year as Kerry and I were just planning a trip to go see her.
    Bonnie was one of the kindest people I ever knew. I believe God put Kerry and I together at Southern for His good and God always knows what He is doing. I think back to the weekends Kerry and I would drive down and visit Bonnie and Carl and laugh until we all cried. Those are some good memories! I have some photos around here too! I think I will miss our visits most.
    What a glorious day when we meet again!

  3. Ms. Bonnie was one of the sweetest people we have ever met and her smile was truly infectious. We are so sorry for your loss and will miss her visits to Carthage. We can’t wait to see her again on that glorious day!

  4. Kerry, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We did not know her, but we know you and it sounds like you and
    your mother have alot in common. Our Prayers are with you and Robert and the family.

  5. Prayers for family, extended family and friends of your loved one. May our Lord be extra close to you during this sad time.

  6. Bonnie and I met at church over 20 years ago. She was a wonderful Sabbath School teacher to my twin sons when they were around 11-13 years of age. Her special brand of humor and the uplifting way she looked at life brightened my life many times. I remember the twinkle in her eye, and I can still hear her giggle and laughter in my mind. My prayers for Robert, Kerry, Lilly and Larry will continue for a long time to come. Rest in peace, my dear friend, until we meet again when Jesus calls us home.

  7. Bonnie was often in our prayers. Whether it under the combined effort to “Pray for Carl” or for her own needs in personal prayer. We enjoyed getting to know her when she visited and she was always sweet natured! I know she will be sorely missed! We have that great promise of seeing her again at Jesus’s return and reuniting in eternity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kerry, Larry and their families during this time. God bless and comfort you all.

  8. My prayers are with the family! She was my supervisor and taught me everything I know about cataloging for the Pine Mountain Regional Library System. After she retired, we kept in touch. She even came by and visited me from time to time. Last November, she volunteered to help me one day out of the week. It was an honor to work with her again. She was not only my boss and coworker, but also a friend and mother figure to me. I will miss her very much! May God bless you all!

    Angela D. Hamler

  9. Kerry, Lilly and Robert just know my love, thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I am miles away my heart is there with you. Love you all.

  10. Kerry, Robert, and Lilly you are in our prayers. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭116‬:‭15‬. My few times with Ms. Bonnie were a blessing and her sweet spirit was a testimony to her faith.
    We weep with you as you weep but share in the hope in Christ that the loss is a temporary time and we will be reunited with our loved ones for eternity.

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