Gladys Thomas Marion, age 92 of Carthage died Tuesday (March 18, 2014) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday at Carthage United Methodist Church where she was an active member for many years. The Rev. Mattheue Locklear will be officiating. Entombment will follow in the Cross Hill Cemetery Mausoleum.


She was born in Lee County to the late Stacy and Irene Gaster Thomas. Mrs Marion came to Carthage in the late 1940's to teach school and met Luke L. Marion, Jr. They were married in 1951 and enjoyed 50 wonderful years together.


Mrs. Marion received her B.S. Degree in Education from Asheville College where she served as vice -president of the Student Body. She was also awarded membership into the National Honor Society "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."


She was a dedicated teacher for 40 years, with an evident love for children. After her retirement in 1985 she was caregiver for her husband who died in 2001. She pursued her love for art by attending Sandhills Community College and was able to achieve a degree of success in water color painting.


She was preceded in death by a brother Edwin Thomas.


She is survived by three sons: Luke L. Marion, III and wife Joan of Winston Salem, Keith Marion and wife Camie of Southern Pines, Scott Marion and wife Debbie of Clemmons; sisters Hazel Thomas Simmons and Myrtle Lula Thomas; brother Wilbur Thomas; four grandchildren Luke IV, Travis Lee, Molly Kate and Russell Thomas; two step-grandsons Connor and Zackary.


The family will receive friends at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage on Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and other times at the home.


Memorials may be made to: the Luke Marion Scholarship Fund at Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.



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  1. To LL, Keith and Scott and families,

    Are thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Your mother loved her students and her students loved her. She had a special way about her that made children want to learn while they were in Mrs. Marion’s

  2. Hello LL, Keith, and Scotty from Caracas.

    Tracy just notified me that your Mom had passed away. I wanted you to know that I was thinking about you. Your family was one of the first families that we got to know when we moved to Carthage and rented th

  3. Scott,

    On behalf of my family and your Lowe’s family, we are thinking of you during this time and you phone me if you need anything at all. We miss you and are so sorry for your loss. We are always here for you!


  4. I had the privilege of being in the third grade the first year your mother taught at Carthage Elementary School. She and your dad were newlyweds. It was a memorable year, and even at my present age of 71, I have never forgotten the kindness from your moth

  5. To Scott and Family,

    You have our deepest sympathies in your time of loss. Your mother sounds like a wonderful lady who had a lifelong love of education and the arts. I’m sure that she enriched the lives of many people in the community over t

  6. Scott Marion,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Your Lowes friends are here for you if you need anything.

  7. LL, Keith, Scott, & Families:

    Sincere condolences on the passing of Gladys. She was the last surviving close friend of my mother (who was around my mother’s age), and the two of them had many great times together — including those Halloween

  8. Dear Marion family:

    So many fond memories of Mrs. Gladys; such a true lady. She taught me in elemeantary school and I am so thankful she did. She will truly be missed.

  9. Scott,

    I am so sorry to hear the news about your mother. You and your family will always be there in our prayers. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.



  10. Scott,

    Deeply regret to know that you mother has been passed away. My sympathy is with you at this hard time. May her soul rest in piece.



  11. I just learned of your mothers passing. I am so sorry, we always thought so much of her. Each time we visited she made us all feel so special. I live in Surry County close to the church your grandparents are buried. I would love to hear from you. My mothe

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